IAEC Standards


1501. STAFF QUALIFICATIONS. Program personnel shall be sufficient in number and adequately trained to maintain a positive environment and to support the achievement of program objectives and shall be positive role models.The personnel shall meet the following qualifications and requirements:
a. All program staff who are in contact with participants shall:
1. Be in good health and physically, mentally and occupationally capable o performing assigned tasks;
2. Provide a supportive environment for participants without abuse, exploitation or prejudice;
3. Have the ability an willingness to conform to applicable laws, rules, regulations and standards;
4. For residential programs: Have on file in the facility, available for inspection, a certificate showing that during the preceding years each individual has submitted to an examination that shows the person to be free from active tuberculosis.
5. Model in one’s own life, the tenets of recovery.
6. Sign and adheres to a Code of Ethics

a. Shall be capable of giving personal services to participants and directing the work staff and shall serve as a positive role model.
b. Must demonstrate and maintain:
1. Good character and reputation of personal integrity.
2. The ability to work with the capacity to relate to alcoholics and other drug addicts.
c. Education and Experience: Shall have sufficient education, training or experience within a social model alcohol or other dug program to assure the implementation of the program.

1. The ability to make and keep records and see that they are maintained;
2. High school graduation or its equivalency;
3. Ninety hours of classroom training in the field of alcoholism and other drug addictions
4. Two years of experience working in a social model alcohol and or other drug program;
5. A minimum of three years o continuous sobriety if alcoholic or drug addict;
6. A commitment to abstinence from alcohol and other mind altering drugs, whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic.
d. Special Training: Shall have an interest and willingness to participate in activities which increase skills and understanding of alcohol and other drug problems, alcoholism, drug addiction, and social model recovery.
1503. PROGRAM PERSONNEL. The term Program Personnel in this section is meant to include program directors, house managers, assistant managers, addiction specialists, program aides, program assistants, advocates, coordinators, resident trainees, facilitators, and other terms used to identify social model program staff who maintain direct contact with participants and facilitate recovery activities.
Education and Experience:
a. Must demonstrate and maintain:
1. Good character and reputation of personal integrity;
2. The ability to work with and the capacity to relate to alcoholics and other drug addicts.
3. Positive role model.
b. A background of education, training or experience which assures the ability to effectively communicate with program participants, work with the community resources and facilitate recovery activities.

c. Special Training: Shall have an interest and willingness to participate in activities which increase skill, understanding of alcoholism, drug addiction, and social model recovery.


The following qualifications and ratios apply to program staff only. “Program” is defined as activities directly involving participants in groups and other recovery opportunities.
The personnel records of each staff member shall be available for review and shall include a job description for the position the individual s currently holding and a description of the individual’s qualifications and experience.
The personnel record of each staff member shall document that individual’s participation in training.
All program staff shall recognize their interdependency and common concerns with participants and shall maintain, and be part of a reference group with which the participants can identify staff attitudes and behaviors shall support the recovery environment and shall encourage staff and participants to share life experiences.
All staff shall demonstrate ability to work with and relate to intoxicated individuals. New staff members shall demonstrate this ability before being given full staff responsibilities.
Program personnel should have the following additional qualifications:
a. Ninety hours of classroom training in the field o alcoholism; and drug addiction.
b. Ability to make an keep records;
c. The ability to recognize abnormal physical and mental behaviors, including those conditions which require medical evaluation and/or emergency procedures;
d. Knowledge of local community referral sources;
e. Ability to identify recovery needs;
f. Ability to effectively use social model support concepts and develop meaningful recovery activities;
g. A minimum of two years of continuous sobriety.

NOTE: It is assumed that the program personnel are under the supervision of the Director. Assisting personnel with a minimum of six months of sobriety shall be considered trainees under the direction of senior staff.
Staff participation should be as follows:
a. Detoxification programs with a capacity of six (6) residents or less shall have a minimum of one (1) qualified program staff member who meets the qualifications of program director or program assistant. Larger programs shall have one (1) staff per ten (10) residents on duty at all times. An additional staff member should be on call.
b. Primary recovery program staff is in attendance seven (7) days per week.
c. Supportive recovery program staff is on duty during scheduled activities.
d. Cooperative Living – No formal program staff required as residents in this service have achieved life adjustment sufficient to allow self-direction. Where service is conducted in separate facility, a manager may be desirable.

NOTE: When a program is coed, there shall be included within the staffing pattern an appropriate distribution of women and men staff and shall be available at all times

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