All agency staff members, contractors, and volunteers shall be required to submit to fingerprinting and a background check for purposes of determining if he/she is awaiting trial on, has been convicted of, or admits to committing any criminal offenses listed in the Criminal History Affidavit Class I and II.
Applicants shall be notified of this requirement upon offer of employment. All individuals shall be required to complete their criminal history affidavit and apply for their fingerprint certification within seven (7) days of employment, and prior to working with any agency clients.
Burkeshire will provide a blank Fingerprint Card, location and times to be fingerprinted, and will forward the completed card and Criminal History Affidavit to the Arizona Department of Public Safety with the required fee.
All agency volunteers and interns will be required to complete the Criminal History Affidavit Class I and II and must submit to fingerprinting prior to any volunteer service in the facilities.
All staff members, volunteers and interns who will be working with children will have a physical examination and submit evidence of freedom from infectious pulmonary tuberculosis such as a negative Mantoux skin test or a written statement from a medical practitioner.
A copy of all signed job descriptions will be kept in the employee personnel record. Before any staff member provides behavioral health services to a client the Clinical Director or his/her designee will verify competency by one or more of the following methods: visual observation of the staff member interacting with another individual, interviews, questions and answers, or written examination. The date the skills and knowledge were verified, the method used and the signature, credentials or job title of the individual who completed the verification will be documented and kept on file in the staff members personnel file.
All staff members will have an orientation prior to working with clients that will include at minimum:
- Client rights;
- Policies and procedures necessary for the performance of the staff member’s duties;
- The staff member’s job description;
- A tour of the facility, including the evacuation path;
- Procedures for responding to a fire, a disaster, a hazard, a medical emergency, and a
- client experiencing a crisis situation;
- Reporting requirements for suspected or alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation or a
- violation of a client’s rights to the administrator or clinical director;
- Identifying the location of client records and how client records and information are protected;
- An introduction to staff members;
- A review of accreditation and regulatory requirements and licensing training; and
- Incident response and report writing.