New Jersey Department of Human Services Office of Program Integrity and Accountability D E PA R T M E N T O F H U M A N S E RV I C E S DRUG TESTING PROGRAM JUNE, 2018 Agenda 2 Overview Drug testing Pre-employment Random at least once per year For cause
Oversight and Monitoring Next Steps DHS drug testing vendor Questions The Stephen Komninos Law 3 The Stephen Komninos law, P.L.2017, c.238, strengthens protections for individuals with developmental disabilities Effective May 1, 2018, every person who is employed by any Department of Human Services (DHS) -funded, licensed or regulated program serving adults with developmental
disabilities is subject to the requirements of this law. This includes programs serving individuals with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and camps Additionally, drug testing applies to self-directed employees and persons working as volunteers Drug Testing Overview 4 Drug testing via the DHS vendor, Energetix Corp, will commence on June 15, 2018 Testing urine for controlled, dangerous
substances DHS will cover the cost of the test Drug Testing Overview 5 The law requires that a person applying for employment as a direct care staff member at a program, facility or living arrangement licensed or funded by the Department shall consent to and undergo drug testing for controlled dangerous substances as a condition of employment
Drug Testing Overview 6 Anyone refusing testing CANNOT be considered for employment All current employees are now subject to random testing and testing, for cause Existing employees who refuse to be tested randomly or, for cause shall also be terminated from employment Drug Testing Overview
7 Direct care staff hired on/after May 1, 2018, but before the DHS vendor is operational should be placed in a provisional work status until drug testing through DHS is complete During this provisional work period, the employee must be supervised to the extent practicable. Provisional employees must be drug tested as soon as the DHS vendor is operational If an employee hired on or after May 1, 2018, was drug tested through their employers current drug testing
policies, the employee must be re-tested using the DHS vendor Pre - Employment Testing 8 Per the law, pre-employment testing applies to direct care staff applying for employment or volunteering in, a program, facility, or living arrangement licensed or funded by the Department Direct care staff means a person 18 years of age or older who is employed by or volunteering in, a
program, facility, or living arrangement licensed or funded by the Department and who may come into contact with individuals with developmental disabilities during the course of such employment Pre - Employment Testing 9 All applicants receiving an offer of employment for a direct care position will be required to undergo testing for controlled dangerous substances before beginning employment
Effective June 15, 2018, an applicant or volunteer may not commence employment until the test result is received by the employer Pre-Employment Testing 10 The law stipulates that an applicant who tests positive for the unlawful use of any controlled dangerous substance shall not be considered for employment Drug testing will consist of a urine screen for the following controlled dangerous substances:
Marijuana Cocaine Opiates - including heroin, codeine/morphine and prescribed semi-synthetic opioids Amphetamines/Methamphetamines, and Phencyclidine (PCP) Pre Employment Testing 11 However, an applicant or employee who tests positive will be given an opportunity to speak with the vendors medical review officer to discuss any relevant, legitimate
medical explanations, such as a current prescription An applicant who refuses to be drug tested shall not be considered for employment Random Testing 12 The law requires that at least once per year, the employing program shall require one or more current direct care staff members to undergo random drug testing It has been determined that 10% of a providers direct
care employees will be tested annually Random samples (2.5%) will be identified quarterly through the DHS vendor Agencies will need to ensure they have updated direct care staff rosters to provide to the DHS vendor quarterly Random Testing 13 For agencies with less than 10 staff, a
minimum of one staff will be required to undergo random testing DHS and the vendor will provide training on the randomization process Random Testing 14 The law requires that any direct care employee who refuses a random test shall be terminated from employment Also per the law, any direct care employee who tests
positive for the unlawful use of a controlled dangerous substance, may be referred for treatment services or terminated from employment Treatment services are not the responsibility of DHS Treatment services or employment termination are at the discretion of the employer Drug Testing for Cause 15 The law stipulates that employees are subject to a drug test at any time if their supervisor has reasonable suspicion to believe the employee is
illegally using a controlled dangerous substance Defined by law as, Based on the staff members visible impairment or professional misconduct which relates adversely to patient care and safety Drug Testing for Cause 16 The law requires that the supervisor report this information to his or her immediate supervisor If the supervisors supervisor concurs that there is
reasonable suspicion to believe that a direct care staff is using a controlled dangerous substance, that supervisor shall notify the person responsible for the overall operation of the program, facility or living arrangement of his/her suspicion and request written approval to order a drug test Drug testing , for cause must be with the written approval from the person responsible for the overall operation of the program, facility or living arrangement Drug Testing for Cause 17
The law requires that employees who test positive for an unlawful, controlled dangerous substance be referred for treatment or their employment terminated Terminating employment or requiring treatment is at the discretion of the provider. DHS is not responsible for providing or paying for treatment Drug Testing for Cause 18 Employees who refuse to submit to a drug
test under this provision shall be terminated Providers can schedule, for cause testing through the DHS vendor at any time Clear policies and staff understanding is critical DHS Drug Testing Vendor 19 Drug Testing Process 20
All providers will have an account with a web-based portal called i3screen. This system captures all stages of a drug test transaction Tests will be performed at Quest Diagnostic medical clinics Quest Diagnostic operates in every county throughout the state All employees who test positive will have the opportunity to speak with a medical review officer to discuss any relevant legitimate medical explanations, such as a current prescription
i3screen Features 21 i3screen has multiple features to assist and facilitate use This includes the ability to: Search by 13 different attributes Add notes Edit user account profiles View pending results, expired orders, etc. View the custody and control form Access technical support
OPIA Employee Controls and Compliance Unit 22 To streamline this critical element of the law and to ensure maximum efficiency, the Office of Program Integrity and Accountability (OPIA), restructured the Central Fingerprint Unit and created the Employee Controls and Compliance Unit or ECCU - to facilitate and monitor compliance with drug testing, as well as all other on-boarding requirements including, fingerprinting and criminal history background checks, child abuse record information checks (CARI)
and the Central Registry of Offenders Office of Licensing Oversight and Monitoring 23 For licensed programs, the DHS Office of Licensing will check for compliance with the drug testing provision of the Stephen Komninos Law and will also check for compliance with the other elements of the law during inspections Office of Licensing Oversight and
Monitoring 24 For drug testing compliance, the Office of Licensing will: Conduct a review of the providers policy and procedure on drug testing Policy must include a provision that the provider notifies staff of all drug testing requirements Office of Licensing Oversight and Monitoring
25 Additionally, the Office of Licensing will check for documentation that the provisions of the law were implemented and check for: Evidence that employees hired after May 1, 2018, were drug tested Evidence of compliance regarding random testing Evidence of compliance regarding drug testing for cause Evidence of action taken for unlawful use of controlled dangerous substances
Next Steps 26 The law requires that providers notify staff regarding the provisions of the law related to drug testing Providers will receive an i3screen username and password via a separate communication Upcoming training webinar for: account set-up
random sample process Training dates are: 06/19/18 at 2:00 p.m., and 06/20/18, at 11:00 a.m. Next Steps 27 Providers should be begin pre-employment drug testing June 15, 2018 All employees hired between May 1, 2018, and June 14, 2018, should submit to a drug
test as soon as possible Providers must maintain updated rosters of existing staff Next Steps 28 DHS is working to update regulations and various policies affected by the enactment of the Stephen Komninos Law, including the provisions related to drug testing N.J.A.C. 10:44A - Standards for Community Residences For Individuals
With Developmental Disabilities N.J.A.C. 10:44B - Manual of Standards For Community Care Residences N.J.A.C. 10:44C - Standards For Community Residences For Persons with Head Injuries N.J.A.C. 1044D - Central Registry of Offenders Against Individuals With Developmental Disabilities Amendments to Department Administrative Orders, Division Circulars and other internal policies Questions/Additional Information 29
Questions can be emailed to: [email protected] The New Jersey Department of Human Services Additional information can be found on the DHS website: http:// www.state.nj.us/humanservices/home/skl.html Thank you. 29
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