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(a) An approved provider shall comply with the standards of care set out in this section in providing sex offender treatment to a sex offender who is under the department's jurisdiction.
(b) An approved provider may not
(1) allow personal feelings about a client or the client's crimes to interfere with the provider's professional judgment and objectivity, and shall make appropriate referrals to other professionals if the provider is unable to manage negative reactions to a client;
(2) discriminate based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, social or economic status, disability, or any basis proscribed by law;
(3) engage in behavior that is harassing, exploitative, or demeaning to a client;
(4) barter for services;
(5) advise or facilitate family reunification unless suitable measures have been taken to ensure the safety of, and appropriateness of reunification for, the client's victim;
(6) provide sex offender treatment to a sex offender who is under the department's jurisdiction if the provider has a pre-existing relationship with that person and that relationship could impair the provider's professional judgment;
(7) engage in a sexual relationship with a client or former client, regardless of whether payment was made for the sex offender treatment, and may not engage in a sexual relationship with a family member of a client or former client;
(8) engage in a business or social relationship with a client if that relationship could conflict with or compromise the primary professional relationship;
(9) disclose identifying information about a client during professional training or workshops; an audiotape or videotape to be used by the provider during training or a workshop must protect the identity of the client and may be used only after obtaining written informed consent from the client; or
(10) encourage or permit the use of pornography.
(c) An approved provider shall
(1) discuss fees to be charged for services before, or at the time of, the client's initial appointment, and shall inform the client before a change is made regarding fees that will be charged;
(2) at the time of the initial appointment, inform the client about the types of services to be provided, reasonable expectation of outcomes, alternatives to the type of services proposed, potential benefits and risks involved in the services, and the limits of privilege and confidentiality; if a client is incapable of consenting to services, the provider shall explain to the client the proposed assessments and treatments in a manner commensurate with the client's developmental and psychological capabilities and shall obtain a signed informed consent from the client's legal guardian;
(3) carry out professional duties regarding a client in a way that maximizes safety for the client's victims and potential victims;
(4) hold in confidence information provided by a client's victim, and not provide the information to others, including the client, without the written permission of the victim;
(5) comply with all state and federal reporting laws;
(6) advise each client as to the confidentiality of communications with the client, how confidentiality applies when multiple clients are members of the same family, and of statutory requirements for mandatory reporting;
(7) except when reporting is mandated by state statute, obtain a written waiver of confidentiality before releasing information about a client; the provider shall inform the client about the reasons for the release of information; and
(8) cease sex offender treatment for a client if
(A) the client also is receiving treatment from a provider who is not approved under this chapter;
(B) it is determined by another provider who is an approved full-service-level provider that that treatment is interfering with sex offender treatment with the approved provider; and
(C) the client does not cease treatment with the unapproved provider.
(d) Supervision arrangements between a supervising provider under 22 AAC 30.040 and a supervised provider must be agreed upon in writing before the supervised provider begins providing sex offender treatment to a client. The written document must specify the duties to be performed by the supervised provider, the scope and focus of the supervision, and the frequency and duration of supervision meetings.
(e) An approved provider who is supervising another approved provider under 22 AAC 30.040 may not delegate responsibilities to or advise professional activities for the supervised provider unless the supervising provider is confident that the responsibilities or activities are within the competencies of the supervised provider. In deciding whether to delegate or advise, the supervising provider shall consider the training, education, and experience of the supervised provider.
(f) A provider who is supervising another provider under 22 AAC 30.040 shall take the steps necessary to ensure that the supervised provider performs professional duties ethically, competently, and responsibly. A supervising provider shall review and co-sign all reports prepared by the supervised provider, to indicate either concurrence or nonconcurrence with the opinions, conclusions, and recommendations stated in the report.
(g) A provider who is supervising another provider under 22 AAC 30.040 may not engage in a sexual relationship with that provider.
(h) A provider whose approval is conditioned under 22 AAC 30.040 upon being supervised shall inform clients of the supervision, supply the name of the supervising provider, and explain the impact of the supervision on the confidentiality of communications with the client.
(i) In this section, "client" means a sex offender who is under the jurisdiction of the department and who is receiving, or will be receiving, sex offender treatment.
History: Eff. 11/2/2002, Register 164
Authority: AS 33.30.011
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