Newsletter August 2019

Provider Network

Carolyn T. Watters

Director of Provider Network Management Systems

Training Reciprocity - Direct Support Professionals
This year, the PIHP CEOs signed a memorandum of agreement to adopt the Training Reciprocity Implementation Guide for Direct Support Professionals developed by the PIHP Reciprocity Workgroup, in concert with the Statewide Training Guidelines Workgroup (STGW), and agree to honor the credentialing decisions of the other PIHPs related to training of Direct Support Professionals. The goal and purpose of reciprocity is to achieve statewide consistency in the application of workforce training, to provide for reciprocal recognition of training-related credentialing, to reduce duplication of effort across the system, to increase workforce availability, portability and mobility, and to comply with the terms of the MDHHS Reciprocity Policy. 

This effort has garnered support from the Community Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the Provider Alliance. Additionally, the Michigan Consortium for Healthcare Excellence (MCHE), in association with CMHA and STGW, are sponsoring implementation kick-off trainings around the state to support the staff responsible for training coordination with the implementation at the local-level. Within the MSHN region, we have begun regional planning with the CMHSP’s Training Coordinators and will work to review and vet trainings to ensure they meet the reciprocity requirements.

This initiative would not be possible without the support from the aforementioned groups and the commitment to continuously support the systems that have been developed. For more information, please contact Amy Dillon, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement Manager, who will be leading the implementation effort within the MSHN region.

For further information, please contact Carolyn, at