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Curriculum Approval Process for Targeted Case Management

The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) will approve both the initial 12-hour training curriculum and the four 6-hour specialized curricula for target populations for Targeted Case Management, as established in 908 KAR 2:260.

This regulation provides the curriculum applicant with an understanding of the requirements for a targeted case manager—both eligibility and training—and specifically speaks to the elements of a "training curriculum" and the training requirements (testing of the trainee and evaluation of the trainers). View this regulation in Related Links.

DBHDID recommends use of this rubric and related documents to ensure providers' submission of all necessary materials. This will allow DBHDID staff to review the curricula in their entirety and make an approval decision or request supplementary materials in an efficient manner, within the period specified.

The information below lists the core components of each curriculum and explains the curriculum approval process.

Sample curriculum formats, sample test questions and a sample evaluation are provided in the "Curriculum Approval Process" section. For links to a list of Approved Curricula and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, see the Related Links box.

Overview of the Core Components of the Five Curricula

Core Components of the Targeted Case Management Curriculum (TCM) (initial 12-hour curriculum) for all Targeted Case Managers/Service Coordinators

  1. Engaging consumers and family members.
  2. Behavioral health crisis management.
  3. Strength-based case management.
  4. Ethics.
  5. Behavioral health diagnosis and understanding treatment.
  6. Cultural awareness.
  7. Integrated care.
  8. Advocacy skills and empowering consumers.
  9. Developmental perspectives across the life span.
  10. Documentation and billing (regulations).

Specialized Curricula for Target Populations for Targeted Case Management (each is a 6-hour curriculum)

Core Components of the Curriculum for Serious Mental Illness (SMI) (6 hours)

  1. Adult behavioral health recovery process
  2. What is serious mental illness (SMI)
  3. Evidence-based practices
  4. Transition from long-term care
  5. Involuntary commitment and court-related outpatient treatment

Core Components of the Specialized Curriculum for Children Diagnosed with Severe Emotional Disability (SED) (6 hours)

  1. Overview of the phases and principles of the wraparound-based process based on the National Wraparound Initiative:
    1. Phase 1: Family and Team Engagement
    2. Phase 2: Care Planning and Meeting Facilitation
    3. Phase 3: Plan Implementation and Monitoring
    4. Phase 4: Transition

Core Components of the Curriculum for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) (6 hours)

  1. Addiction and recovery basics
  2. Resources
  3. Meeting facilitation
  4. Regulations
  5. Special populations
  6. Care planning

Core Components of the Curriculum for SMI, SED or SUD and a Co-occurring Chronic or Complex Physical Health Condition Curriculum (6 hours)

  1. Chronic or complex physical health condition
  2. Physical health medications
  3. Morbidity and mortality
  4. Resources

Curriculum Approval Process

  1. Review the curriculum rubric document(s) in the "Curriculum Rubric Documents" section to understand what content is requested for each curriculum.
  2. Below are some sample resources to assist with curriculum development:
    1. Sample curriculum format:  PDF  Word
    2. Links to sample curricula:
      1. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Curriculum for Addiction Professionals, SAMHSA
      2. Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know, CDC
    3. Sample evaluation of training:  DBHDID Training Event Evaluation Form
    4. Links to sample trainee test questions:
      1. Adult Mental Health Case Management Exam
      2. Kentucky Peer Specialist Exam
    5. Illustration of the steps for the curriculum development process:  PDF  Word
  3. Submit the following items for review:
    1. A Single Curriculum Submission Summary.
    2. A completed Curriculum Rubric Document is recommended for each curriculum submitted.
    3. A curriculum for each area submitted (including the trainee test and evaluation form of the training), with each saved as a Word, PowerPoint and/or PDF file using a USB flash drive. Please note that multiple curricula can be submitted on one USB flash drive. Clearly label the USB flash drive with the provider's name.

Submit this information to:

Laura Cunningham
Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Division of Program Integrity
Program Support Branch
275 East Main Street 4CD
Frankfort, KY 40621


After a curriculum is received, it will be reviewed within 20 business days. Communication on the status of the submitted curriculum will be sent to the contact person listed on the "Single Curriculum Submission Summary."

Once a curriculum is approved, then the provider will submit, on a regular basis, general information on individuals who have completed the Targeted Case Management (initial 12-hour training) and the four Specialized Training curricula (6 hours each), as appropriate for each provider. Correspondence concerning the submission of this information will be sent via mail or email.

Curriculum Documents

Questions About the Process?

Please click on "Email Contact Form" in the Contact Information box to submit questions about the process.

Last Updated 11/23/2015 8:40:22 AM
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