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Training Submission Outline for Direct Care Staff-Certified Facilities

The "Providing Residential Services in Community Settings: A Training Guidecurriculum is the approved curriculum for direct care staff in certified adult foster care facilities. This curriculum was a collaboration of multiple departments and individuals knowledgeable and experienced in areas outlined in the curriculum. The curriculum, as a foundational guide, continues to be applicable.

The components of individual topics within the curriculum have evolved as standards relating to the care of adults have advanced. Due to this fact, alternative curricula is to contain current standards and practices applicable to direct care staff training for certified facilities. For example: Providing Residential Services references the Food Guide Pyramid whereas current USDA Dietary Guidelines use MyPlate. Additionally there are topics relevant to direct care staff training that did not exist when Providing Residential Services was developed. Trainers will need to determine which topics to add to the curriculum based on the staff being trained. See the list of topics in the Resources section below to determine your training needs.   


There are specific requirements for Direct Care Staff Curriculum for Certified Facilities. All alternative curricula must meet these requirements. The Direct Care Staff Alternative Curriculum Submission Requirements provides the details you need to do so. It is structured as a checklist. Please submit the checklist with your curriculum.


Curriculum guides are available to assist in the development of alternative curriculum. These guides were developed by the State Training Guidelines Workgroup to assist in structuring effective training. The workgroup has identified requirements, competencies, trainer qualifications and recommendations for multiple topics. Please review the Preface Sheet 2013 before accessing the curriculum guides to gain a full understanding of their purpose. The legal size flow chart will also assist in understanding the curriculum guides. The guides are listed in alphabetic order. 


Assisting People with Eating and/or Swallowing Difficulties 

Human Relationships; Development, Enhancement, Sustainment and Maintenance 

Behavior and Crisis Intervention  Immobility and Positioning 
Building Natural Supports  Infection Control and Standard Precautions 
CPR  Introduction to Human Services and Meeting Special Needs 
Crisis Planning  Lifts & Transfers 
Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving  Limited English Proficiency 
Cultural Competence-Proficiency  Medications 
Documentation Skills  Nutrition 
Due Process - Exercising Rights-Grievance-Appeals  Person-Centered Planning- Individual Plan of Service 
Emergency Preparedness  Philosophy and Current Trends in Providing Human Services 
First Aid  Recipient Rights 
Food Safety  Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention
Health, Safety, Wellness - Other Medical Care Needs  Teaching New Skills 
HIPAA-Privacy-Confidentiality  Training the Trainer 

TRAINERS/ORGANIZATIONS: To submit alternative modules and curriculum for review and approval mail information to:   


Attn: Adult Foster Care Program Consultant
Bureau of Community and Health Systems (BCHS)
611 W. Ottawa Street
P.O. Box 30664
Lansing MI 48909 

The review and approval time period will vary dependent upon module/curriculum submission.