Community Services Programs

Mental Health Agency Licensing Standards; Residential Service Standards - Residential Services

RS.20
Residential service agencies provide or arrange for comprehensive treatment, training and support of clients.

RS.20.A.
Residential service agencies provide or arrange for support and training in the following areas:

RS.20.A.1
housekeeping and home maintenance skills;

RS.20.A.2
mobility and community transportation skills;

RS.20.A.3
interpersonal relationships, including spouse, family and friends;

RS.20.A.4
health maintenance, including personal hygiene, exercise and fitness, nutrition and diet management, and use of medical services and medicine;

RS.20.A.5
safety practices, including dealing with injuries and life threatening emergencies;

RS.20.A.6
financial management, including techniques of client purchasing, banking, taxes, budgeting and repaying debts;

RS.20.A.7
basic academic skills;

RS.20.A.8
management of personal and legal affairs;

RS.20.A.9
contingency planning, problem-solving, decision-making;

RS.20.A.10
self-advocacy and assertiveness training;

RS.20.A.11
utilization of community services and resources, including Laundromats, library, post office, client affairs offices, etc.

RS.20.A.12
recreational and leisure time activities;

RS.20.A.13
work attitude and skills exploration;

RS.20.A.14
menu planning and meal preparation;

RS.20.A.15
use of the telephone;

RS.20.A.16
human sexuality; and

RS.20.A.17
client affairs and rights, including familiarity with warranties, policies and procedures of governmental and community service agencies.

Interpretive Guideline for RS.20.A through RS.20.A.17.
For providers of children's residential services, these topics will be addressed as applicable on an age appropriate basis.