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Clinical Services Training

Please continue reading to learn more about nursing and therapy training requirements for the Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DDW) program.

Training Requirements

Nurses

Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Public Nurses (LPN) who work in the New Mexico DDW must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain current CPR certification;
  • Completion of the DDSD Nurse Orientation and Healthcare Planning modules within the first ninety (90) calendar days of hire or assignment to this service.
  • Within the first one hundred eighty (180) calendar days of hire or assignment to the service, observation of a full (two (2) day) Assisting with Medication Delivery course to ensure awareness of expectations of DSP personnel assisting individuals with medication.
  • Within twelve (12) months of hire, nurses must complete training for Aspiration Risk Management (ARM); Effective Individual Specific Training, and Person Centered Planning.

While many trainings are provided at the agency or local Regional Office, some trainings are provided online or through the Clinical Services Bureau. All trainings require registration at Train - New Mexico. Nursing online trainings are accessible at the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability Learning Portal website.

Required Nursing trainings are listed in detail in the attached Clinical Services Training: Nurse Training Memo. New nurses and nurse managers are welcome to use the Clinical Services Training: Nurse Training Requirements Tracker to determine final due dates for nursing compliance.

Therapists

All Occupational Therapists (OT), Physical Therapists (OT) and Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) serving individuals participating in the DDW are required to attend the following trainings in the first 12 months of service: Participatory Approach Training; Person-Centered Planning and Aspiration Risk Management. Within the first 24 months of service all therapists must complete the Effective Individual Specific Training course. DDW therapists are responsible to provide evidence to their completed trainings to their Provider Agency.

Please see our Clinical Services Training: Therapist Training Requirements to learn more about the training requirements for all therapists.

All trainings require registration at Train - New Mexico. While some trainings are provided at the local Regional Office, some trainings are provided online at the UNM CDD Learning Portal or through the Clinical Services Bureau. Therapy online trainings are accessible at the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability Learning Portal website.


Direct Support Personnel

All Direct Support Personnel who implement Written Direct Support Instructions (WDSI) or individualized support plans, must receive annual training on these plans, at a minimum.  A record of training is maintained on a training roster.   The following may be used to document training.  The rosters are samples that may be used, but are not mandated forms.  See the Therapy Services section of our website for information on therapy documentation guidelines.  The Individual Specific Training Trainer Designation Record is a required form.

Statewide Training Database

Attention all nurses and therapists!  You must be entered in the statewide training database through CDD to get credit for required trainings and to be able to track your compliance. There are two ways this can happen; the agency administrator where you work can enter you into the data base or, if you are an independent contractor, you must enter yourself into the database.

For more information on how to do this, go to the University of New Mexico Center for Development and Disability Statewide Training Database website and you can find both the login portal and instructions.