POLICY AND PROCEDURE
CHAPTER 05 050.008
APPLICATION: All programs operated/managed by the Branch County Community
Mental Health Authority / Pines Behavioral Health Services.
BASE: Branch County Community Mental Health Authority Employee
Labor Agreement; Fair Labor Standards Act; Michigan Mental
Health Code, CARF, Public Health Code
POLICY: It is recognized that interns serve a useful purpose in providing
additional service capacity, while gaining knowledge and
experience to further the profession and the pool of individuals
available for potential future employment. Pines will engage
unpaid, voluntary, interns enrolled in professional degree programs
from accredited colleges when appropriate to our program needs,
and when there is sufficient supervision and guidance available
from appropriate clinical directors. All internships must be
reviewed and approved by the CEO.
PROCEDURES / IMPLEMENTATION:
It is recognized that internships may be requested by employees as
well as individuals who are not employees. In all cases the
internship will be unpaid. The scheduling of the internship time
will be done to meet the needs of the organization and its
Clinical directors or other administrators may receive requests for
internships from individuals or colleges. All applicants will
complete an application for internship. These will be brought to the
management team to determine if any department has an
anticipated need for an intern. If a potential need for an intern is
established within a department, then the director of that
department will interview the applicants and contact their
In submitting the proposal to the CEO the director will at a
minimum address the following items:
Purpose of the internship, and its value to us.
The proposed scheduling of the internship.
The proposed supervision of the intern, the availability, and
its impact on regular job duties on the individual(s)
Identification of duties and scope of responsibility of the
internship, against which their performance will be
measured and the resultant grade submitted to the college.
That the college provides malpractice liability coverage for
the intern or that the intern has/will purchase malpractice
liability coverage naming Pines as a covered entity for the
Signed authorization will be received from the proposed
intern to allow our human resources to do all necessary
background checks, including but not limited to criminal.
Interns will be held accountable for their actions and have
limitations on them similar to that of other volunteers. Privileges
and limitations shall include, but not be limited to the following:
Will be provided with supervision.
Will sign a written agreement with the agency regarding
Will be provided an orientation and any necessary training
prior to commencement of contact with clients.
Will be given a written description of their duties and scope
Limited access to files.
Supervised access to the work sites.
Will be trained in and must respect the rights,
confidentiality, and will not discriminate against those
individuals that they have contact with.
Must adhere to the polices and procedures of Pines
Behavioral Health Services as applicable to all regular
employees, including but not limited to code of conduct.
Will be subject to policies and procedures established for
disciplinary action and termination.
Will be evaluated verbally and in written format by the
identified supervisor regarding; performance of their duties
and scope of responsibility; adherence to organizational
policy and procedure; and other areas as agreed upon with
the academic institution.
Pines Behavioral Health Services is not the employer, and
thereby does not provide workman’s compensation,
unemployment insurance, or malpractice coverage.
If the intern will be transporting any client in their personal
vehicle, it must be approved by the supervisor and
established transportation policies must be followed. The
intern must provide proof of insurance, proof of valid
driver’s license, and disclose their driving record.
Reimbursement will be made per current rate/mile.
Pines Behavioral Health Services is not responsible for any
injuries received by the intern which occurs on any
property other than that of the offices or contract sites of
Pines Behavioral Health Services.
Interns are not authorized to make any commitment on
behalf of Pines Behavioral Health Services.
Any other limitations and privileges as determined by the
CEO or his designee.
Any internship that is offered will be contingent upon the
following conditions being met:
A. Successful drug screening by the intern candidate, which
will be completed by the laboratory chosen by Pines, and
with said screening being paid for by the intern candidate.
B. Intern or the college/university program must provide
malpractice insurance naming Pines Behavioral Health as
an additional insured and any applicable program site (s).
(At intern/college cost)
C. Intern must have had a negative TB test within the prior 12
months or have one from the source chosen by Pines. (At
D. Intern must undergo and have an acceptable criminal record
E. If the intern will be working at applicable program site (i.e.
foster care, medical care, inpatient psychiatric) they will be
fingerprinted in accordance with state regulations at a state
approved site prior to any assignment. (At intern/college
Attachment: Application for Internship
February 14, 2006
Approved: ________________________________________ Date: ______________
John H Bolton, CEO