Managing Inappropriate Behaviors
To become a support provider for clients with developmental disabilities, whether for family members or clients who are non-family, all students must acquire instruction and training in Article 9, which is a legislative ruling in Arizona. Article 9 was developed and is maintained by the DES/DDD of Arizona. Instruction for Article 9 covers a variety of topics, which include legal rights, rules regarding behavior management, and prohibitions, abuse and neglect. Instruction and training covers techniques for positive behavior support, confidentiality, consent, and methods of reporting and documentation.
Statement of Purpose
All agencies and programs that are operated, licensed, certified, and or financially supported by the DES/DDD are required to provide instruction in Article 9. All Support Providers in Arizona who care for clients under the above conditions are required to enroll and successfully complete a class in Article 9. All tests are provided by the State. Article 9 instructors are certified by the State of Arizona. Re-certification for Support Providers is every three years.
Accommodations may be available for those who have language challenges, such as Spanish-speaking only.
Requirements for Earning Certification
To earn certification requires successful completion of a state-prepared written exam (80%). Certified instructors at ACE will proctor during the examination period. Class length is a minimum of 3-hours.
Required Textbooks and Learning Materials
Each student enrolled in Article 9 will receive a state-prepared and mandated packet for instruction. The written test is also state-prepared and mandated.