QIDP Training Program Approval Process
Agencies can either adopt the Department's QIDP training program or use an agency-developed QIDP training program that is approved by the Department. The following information will assist agencies with the approval process for either type of training curriculum. The agency's QIDP Course Coordinator is required to attend the QIDP Course Coordinator Training session for more information.
The agency must submit a letter of application for program approval and the requested documentation to the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Training programs will not be approved, nor reimbursed for QIDP training programs begun started before written approval, unless an agreement is requested by the agency and agreed to by the Department in advance.
The letter of application should include:
- Checklist B (pdf) (IL462-0131) (when using DHS training curriculum)
- Checklist C (pdf) (IL462-0132) (when using an Agency-developed training curriculum)
- Requested items below, related to the proposed training program:
The entire 40-hour QIDP orientation training program must be completed within six (6) months of being hired as a QIDP or being assigned QIDP duties. The QIDP orientation training program cannot be presented in a time frame of less than 21 calendar days (three weeks) or cannot take longer than 120 calendar days to complete from the date the QIDP training program starts.
The exception is if a community college or other educational institution conducts the training. In these instances, the completion date can be tied to the end of the term (quarter, semester or trimester).
Each QIDP Training Program must include a minimum of 40 hours of classroom instruction, excluding breaks and lunches. The classroom curriculum must cover all of the informational competencies listed on the QIDP Orientation Training Core Competency Area Checklist (pdf) (IL462-0134). The Department will provide each agency with a copy of the DHS-approved QIDP curriculum for use in classroom training.
If an agency uses its own curriculum or rewrites the Department's curriculum, the curriculum must be reviewed and approved by the Department to ensure that it meets all content requirements. All changes made to the Department's curriculum or agency-written curriculum, along with a completed copy of the "Basic QIDP Training Course Content Review Guide" must be submitted to:
Department of Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Bureau of Quality Management
319 E. Madison, Suite 4J
Springfield, IL 62701
Agencies must maintain proof of QIDP status of all employees working as QIDPs. Proof of QIDP status can be verified by the employee's QIDP approval letter from the Division of Developmental Disabilities or a copy of its QIDP database record for the employee.
Agencies must maintain the sign-in sheets to document attendance in all modules of the QIDP Training Program. All sign-in sheets must include the following components:
- module or class name
- class date and time
- instructor signature
- trainee signature
The sign-in sheets can be stored in the employee's personnel or training file or another location used to maintain training records.
Employees successfully completing the QIDP orientation training program must have a completed QIDP Training Core Competency Area Checklist (pdf) (IL462-0134) in their personnel or training file or location readily accessible and available for review by Department staff.