Health Care Consultants for child day care programs are responsible for reviewing, approving and, where necessary, amending the Health Care Plan for programs that are approved to administer medication. Final OCFS authorization is needed to administer medications in a day care program. The requirements for serving as a Health Care Consultant for child day care programs in New York State include a valid NYS license to practice as a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or registered nurse.
Day Care Centers in New York State caring for infants, mildly ill children or moderately ill children also require the services of a Health Care Consultant, even if those programs choose not to seek Office of Children and Family Services approval to administer medication.
Health Care Consultant responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Writing and revising effective Health Care Plans
- Conducting a qualitative review of a Health Care Plan
- Providing technical assistance to providers
- Revoking a Health Care Plan
- Addressing medication administration errors
- Communicating with regulatory staff (not limited to medication administration error scenarios)
- Monitoring the status of the provider’s medication administration certifications for CPR, first aid and MAT
Health Care Plans for each modality of care are on the Office of Children and Family Services Website under “Forms”.