Consolidated Standards FAQ's #3



  • What's the difference between a standard and a practice tip?

    In the standards the verb "shall" is frequently used. This means that if the program receives funding to provide a specific service or function, the program must provide all of the components described under program requirements. You will be monitored on this. Some standards include practice tips. Practice tips provide suggested ways to implement the program requirements. You can use some, all or none of the suggestions. You will not be monitored on the use or non use of the practice tips.



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  • Can I just copy the new standards into my policy and procedures?

    You will not be in compliance with the new standards by simply copying them into your policies and procedures. You should carefully read the new standards and identify areas that are different from the old standards. You will need to update your policies and procedures to be in compliance with the new standards.



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  • I've clicked on the standards on the webpage and can't get it to open.

    You need to have Adobe to open the file. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. There is no cost.



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  • How will PA-SAVIN affect the new standards?

    The Victims' Rights Notification standard requires programs to have a system of notification. For counties that have incorporated PA-SAVIN, you modify your procedures to describe how PA-SAVIN fits into your system of notification.



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  • The new standards allow me to carry over excess training hours. I will have 35 hours of training by the end of the year. Can I carry them over?

    The new standards do not go into effect until January 2009. You may not carry over any excess training hours from 2008. Depending upon the time frame of your grant, you may begin to carry over training hours at the beginning our your new grant cycle - July 2009 or January 2010 - if you have more than 20 hours of training from January 2009 until the start of your new grant year. Beginning January 2009 the number of annual training hours will reduce to 20. Of that 20 you may use up to 5 hours for technology or supervision management if either of these are essential areas of your job.



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