Training Plan Requirements for Authorization to Work as a Qualified Addiction Professional (QAP)
1. The individual in training must be within 2000 hours and within 12 months of meeting the requirements of 9 CSR 10-7.140 (2)(RR).
2. The individual providing supervision, a training supervisor, must meet the qualifications to be a QAP and meet the qualifications required to provide clinical supervision by the Missouri Credentialing Board or the professional licensing board to which the trainee is preparing for licensure. The training supervisor must be knowledgeable of applicable DMH/BH program standards and competent in the assessment of substance use disorders. The training supervisor must have a professional relationship with the organization for which the trainee is performing QAP responsibilities. This relationship may be documented through the supervisor’s employment with the organization or through a contract that states the relationship of the supervisor to the organization and trainee.
3. The supervision must include, at a minimum, one hour per week of face to face supervision. This may include group supervision sessions in which clinical supervision is provided to several trainees at one time. This shall be documented by beginning and ending times and dates of supervision in training records. Training records must document the training supervisor’s observation and review of the trainee’s work products and performance. This may be accomplished by the training supervisor’s cosignature with the trainee on reports. There must also be a narrative documenting the feedback and discussion in supervisory sessions. The trainee is not eligible to perform the functions of a QAP during weeks when supervision is absent or undocumented. The trainee will sign progress notes, assessments and other work products completed as a QAP in training with existing credentials plus “QAP in training”. The training supervisor will co-sign the same documents with existing credentials plus “training supervisor.”
4. At least fifty percent of the training must focus on the core function areas of screening; intake; assessment; treatment planning; crisis intervention; reports and record keeping.
5. There must be a written training plan submitted with the application that documents the training requirements for the trainee. The training plan must document how these training requirements will be accomplished and the content of completed training. The training plan must require trainee completed assessments and other QAP trainee work products to be authenticated by the supervisor by means of a co-signature. This co-signature indicates the supervisor’s thorough review of the trainee’s written document and verification the work meets DMH/BH standards and represents conformity with accepted standards of practice in the field. Training must be documented in writing and maintained on file for verification at SBAR and certification survey reviews.
6. The training plan may continue until either the trainee is licensed or certified or discontinues QAP functions.