The State Training Guidelines Workgroup (STGW) is a committee of the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHAM). 

The purpose of the workgroup is to review and recommend training guidelines for support staff working in all types of support and service settings including, but not limited to, residential direct support staff. The workgroup is comprised of representatives from the Mental Health Association of Training (MHAT), the Provider Alliance, Provider agencies representing Developmental Disability and Mental Health/Illness services, Community Mental Health (CMH) agencies, parents and guardians, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and other stakeholders. 

The intended use of these statewide training guidelines is for the development and presentation of training content. The attached documents include a training grid for people providing direct support; curriculum guides which identify training topics, competencies, content, trainer qualifications, suggested length and format; and vetting tools.

The training grid below illustrates training requirements and options based on work setting and the needs of persons served. The guidelines were designed to address concerns related to reciprocity, uniformity, and the flexibility to stay current in an ever-changing environment. The legal requirements of the various oversight agencies were cross-referenced and included within the guidelines. These include licensing requirements for Adult Foster Care (AFC). Curricula based on these guidelines will contribute to statewide uniformity, reciprocity, and portability. 

These documents are to be used for educational purposes only and may not be copied and resold for profit or compensation. These guides have been endorsed by the Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs) and recommended as a replacement to the Providing Residential Services in Community Settings training manual. They are intended as training tools for the benefit of persons who work with people receiving services through the Community Mental Health system. They are intended to be considered best practices.

Direct Support Staff Training Requirements Grid

ASSISTING PEOPLE WITH EATING OR SWALLOWING DIFFICULTIES

Guideline
Vetting tool

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Guideline
Vetting tool

BEHAVIOR CRISIS INTERVENTION

Guideline
Vetting tool

BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE LEARNING

Guideline​​​

BUILDING NATURAL SUPPORTS

Guideline
Vetting tool

CPR

Guideline
Vetting tool

CRISIS PLANNING

Guideline
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CRITICAL THINKING AND CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

CULTURAL COMPETENCE

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

DOCUMENTATION SKILLS

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

DUE PROCESS G A

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

FIRST AID

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

FOOD SAFETY

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

HIPAA AND CONFIDENTIALITY

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS

Guideline
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IMMOBILITY POSITIONING

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

INFECTION CONTROL AND STANDARD PRECAUTIONS

Guideline
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INTRO TO HUMAN SERVICES

Guideline
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LEP

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

LIFTS & TRANSFERS

Guideline
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MEDICATIONS

Guideline
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NUTRITION

Guideline
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PERSON CENTERED PLANNING

Guideline
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PHILOSOPHY AND CURRENT TRENDS

Guideline
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RECIPIENT RIGHTS

Guideline
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SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION

Guideline
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TEACHING NEW SKILLS

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool

TRAIN THE TRAINER

Guideline
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TRAUMA INFORMED SERVICES

Guideline
​​​​​​​Vetting tool