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Purpose: The Nurse Delegation Program (NDP)
was created to ensure that community providers receive the
training and support necessary to meet any standards set by the
ADMH Divisional Offices of Certification that relate to nurse
The vision of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, in serving individuals with
mental health needs, as well as their families and care-givers,
is to provide "Access to effective care and supports essential
for living, working, learning and participating fully in the
community with dignity, respect and hope."
In order to live as independently as possible in the community of their choosing, many people with
developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and substance use disorders require support with medication administration and health status monitoring.
Based on federal and state laws, as well as
regulations and rules established by the Alabama Board of
Nursing, ADMH certified programs require these to be performed
by licensed nurses.
With the tremendous expansion of community-based programs that
have occurred in Alabama as a result
of the downsizing and closures of state facilities for individuals with serious
mental illnesses, the need for nursing services in communities
has increased dramatically. In response to this need, the ABON
has created additional rules and regulations that permit licensed nurses to delegate specific tasks to trained, non-nurse employees.1
1 State of Alabama, Acts 1993, No. 93-183, § 2: Code of Alabama, Chapter 610-X-6