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QSP qualifications, roles and responsibilities

Date posted: 2/17/17

Date reviewed:

Date updated: 8/3/18

Legal authority

CMS-approved state plan amendment (PDF), Minn. Stat. §256B.0949


To qualify as a qualified supervising professional (QSP), a person must:

1. Be employed by an EIDBI provider agency

2. Be a physician, advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), developmental or behavioral pediatrician, or a licensed mental health professional (as defined in Minn. Stat. §245.4871, subd 27(1 to 6))

3. Have either:

  • • At least 2,000 hours of clinical experience and/or training in the examination and/or treatment of people with ASD or a related condition
  • • Completed the equivalent in graduate-level coursework (see equivalent coursework section) at an accredited university (coursework must be documented and in one or more of the following areas: ASD or a related condition diagnostics, ASD or a related condition treatment strategies, or child development)
  • 4. Be able to provide treatment within his or her scope of practice and license.

    Equivalent coursework

    Equivalent graduate coursework is defined as a combination of:

  • • Experience or training hours providing treatment and/or examination of people with ASD or related conditions (see EIDBI – Eligibility – Related conditions)
  • • Hours spent completing coursework.
  • A QSP’s experience or training hours must make up at least 50 percent of the total required amount of experience (i.e., 1,000 hours). The provider may count coursework toward the remaining 50 percent (i.e., the other 1,000 hours).

    Experience or training

    Experience or training includes the examination and/or treatment of people with ASD or a related condition. Experience and training must be in-person and can be completed the following settings:

  • • School
  • • Community settings (e.g., parks, library, stores)
  • • Clinical treatment setting.
  • Coursework

    A QSP must document graduate-level coursework in one or more of the following areas:

  • • ASD or related condition diagnostics
  • • ASD or related condition treatment strategies
  • • Child development.
  • Submit a transcript to DHS with enrollment forms to demonstrate proof of completed coursework (see MHCP Provider Manual – EIDBI provider enrollment). One credit of completed coursework is equivalent to 45 hours of time. The provider must have completed the coursework at a graduate level through an accredited university or college.

    Roles and responsibilities

    The QSP must:

  • • Ensure the individual treatment plan (ITP) and all EIDBI services provided take into consideration the person and family’s values, goals, preferences, culture and language
  • • Determine with the parent/primary caregiver the level of parent/primary caregiver training and counseling provided
  • • Develop, monitor, approve and sign the person’s initial and each updated ITP
  • • Coordinate and implement the initial and annual coordinated care conference, as requested by the parent or legal representative
  • • Perform all of the clinical supervision functions required by his or her professional licensing board and as defined in the EIDBI Policy Manual
  • • Supervise and oversee the activities of the level I, II and II providers.
  • The QSP assumes full, professional responsibility for the services provided by each supervisee and each supervisee’s actions and decisions.

    Enroll with MHCP as a QSP

    For information about how to enroll with Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) as a QSP, see MHCP Provider Manual – EIDBI provider enrollment.

    Additional resources

    EIDBI – Clinical supervision
    EIDBI – Intervention observation and direction

    EIDBI – Overview of EIDBI providers

    Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®)

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