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About the CHS Program

 

 

Self employment, community involvement, promoting healthy clients

The Community Health Support Program (CHSP) consists of RN's who practice as independent Medicaid Provider's serving older adults and individuals with disabilities and developmental disabilities living at home or in foster homes throughout Oregon.

The Community Health Support Program allows individuals, with complex chronic medical conditions that require tasks of nursing to live in the least restrictive environment through the use of health care training and RN Delegation. This program is designed to assist the client and care provider in maximizing the client's health status and ability to function at the highest possible level of independence in the least restrictive setting.

Our goals:

Maximize the strengths of the client and the care provider

Promote autonomy and self-management of health care through teaching and monitoring

FAQs

What is the Community Health Support Program?
What is a Community Health Support Program RN Provider?
What does a Community Health Support Program Provider do?
Who is eligible to receive Community Health Support Program services?
What are the requirements to become a Community Health Support Program Provider?
What if I have more Questions?
How can I become a Community Health Support Program Provider?

What is the Community Health Support Program?
The Community Health Support Program (CHSP) allows a RN the ability to provide a limited set of services to individuals served by Seniors and People with Disabilities with chronic health care needs living at home or in a foster home setting. The primary role of a RN participating in CHSP is to provide training and education for the individual and their care givers regarding their health support needs and RN Delegation for tasks of nursing. CHSP program does not provide direct care services.

What is a Community Health Support Program RN Provider?
The CHSP RN provider:

  • is self-employed;
  • is enrolled as a Medicaid provider through the Division of Medical Assistance Programs (Oregon Health Plan); and
  • holds a personal/professional services contract with Oregon Department of Human Services Seniors and People with Disabilities Division (SPD).

What does a Community Health Support Program RN Provider do?
The RN participating in the Community Health Support Program provides very specific and limited nursing services to Medicaid-eligible individuals living at home or in a foster home setting and includes:

  • A community health problem focused evaluation of the individual's medical support needs,
  • Health education for the individual,
  • Health education for family and/or non-family care providers to assist in providing safe and appropriate chronic community care supports,
  • Teaching family members to perform tasks of nursing,
  • Teaching and RN delegation of nursing care tasks to be provided to the individual by a non-family care provider, and
  • Technical assistance to the case manager regarding the individual's chronic community health status.

Who is eligible to receive Community Health Support Program RN Provider services?
Individuals eligible for Medicaid and are served by Seniors and People with Disabilities living at home or in a foster home with chronic on-going medical support needs.

What are the requirements to become a Community Health Support Program RN Provider?
There are several requirements to participate as a provider within the Community Health Support Program. They are as follows:

  1. Oregon RN licensure:
    • must not be a current participant of the Oregon State Board of Nursing Nurse Monitoring program
  2. Professional competencies:
    • Understanding how adults learn
    • Health promotion and health behavior theory,
    • The development and implementation of evidence-based health education plans that address a client's learning needs and their ability to learn,
    • The evaluation of the outcome of health education to determine effectiveness,
    • Teaching community health support skills to lay care providers,
    • RN delegation in community settings, and
    • The teaching of medication administration.
  3. Pass a background and criminal history check.
  4. Professional liability insurance coverage.
  5. Enrollment as an Oregon Health Plan Provider.
  6. Understanding and application of Oregon Administrative Rules governing the SPD licensed or certified community based setting where the Medicaid recipient lives and the services rendered to the Medicaid recipient.

What if I have more Questions?
If you have additional questions about the Community Health Support Program, please contact the CHSP Nursing Program Coordinator at CRNHSU@state.or.us, subject line CHSP Inquiry.

How can I become a Community Health Support Program Provider?
If you are interested in becoming a provider for the Community Health Support Program in your local area, please send to

CHSP Nursing Program Coordinator
500 Summer St., E-13
Salem OR 97301
The following documents:
  1. Cover letter describing why you are interested in becoming a Community Health Support Program provider.
  2. Professional Resume that includes employer contact information
  3. Oregon State Board of Nursing licensure verification web page print out of your license
  4. Written statement that you are not a current participant of the OSBN Nurse Monitoring program
  5. Past two year's professional continuing education activities that include:
    • American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification or current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider certification with a Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider card and
    • RN delegation in community based care settings specific to Oregon Nursing Law
  6. Documentation that demonstrates how you attained and maintain the following competencies:
    • Understanding how adults learn;
    • Health promotion and health behavior theory;
    • The development and implementation of evidence-based health education plans that address a individual's learning needs and their ability to learn;
    • The evaluation of the outcome of health education to determine effectiveness;
    • Teaching community health support skills to lay care providers;
    • RN delegation in community based care settings; and
    • The teaching of medication administration.
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