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AMATS Guidelines

The following guidelines have been set by the founding AMATS members. All AMATS companies must qualify to these standards as overseen by the independant AMATS Executive Director. As an active body our guidelines are constantly being evaluated and are subject to change or amendment.

All applying companies must be in existence for at least two years and must submit at least (3) Professional recommendations from any of the following categories:

    Program Director/Admissions Director from a NATSAP Program, a provisional NATSAP program or a program that is established, reputable and has experience of at least two years.
    Educational Consultant who is a member of IECA, a provisional member of IECA or is established, reputable and has experience of at least two years.
    Therapist or Counselor who is licensed and has a minimum master’s level degree and is established, reputable and has experience of at least two years.
    All members must carry an industry specific million-dollar professional liability insurance policy for Youth-crisis intervention transport. All individual agents conducting the interventions/transports must be covered under the company’s liability insurance policy. All member companies must have W-2 or other verifiable contract mechanisms that qualifies each individual “employee/agent” to fall under the company’s insurance and meet all the legal guidelines of the IRS laws for contractual labor.
    All primary agents must undergo training consistent to best industry practices and standards.
    All primary agents must be cleared by FBI backgrounds checks. These checks should be based on an approved biometric. All agents working in or out of California must be cleared via the California Trustline Registry according to California Law.
    Full disclosure of ownership (including any holding or parent companies)
    Employees will not be able to work simultaneously for more than one adolescent transport company without the prior approval of both companies.
    No referral kickbacks and any contractual relationships must be made public including posting this information on the company’s website.
    Employees will be disqualified if they have any multiple misdemeanors (more than two) within the past 5 years. A history of reckless or irresponsible driving within the past 5 years. Any felony convictions within the past 5 years . Any sexual child endangerment, or violent/ aggravated assault charges will permanently disqualify anyone for employment. AMATS recognizes that people who have worked through substance-abuse or chemical dependency issues often provide excellent role models for children in crisis situations. A written request for a waiver of the above requirements may be submitted. Waiver requests will be reviewed by and acted upon by the Executive Committee. The following minimum criteria must be met:
    1. Any offenses committed must be at least 3 years in the past.
    2. The offense(s) cannot have involved child endangerment, violence or sexual misconduct.
    3. The individual must have an established work history demonstrating responsible behavior since the offense(s).


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