NYS child care providers must be certified to administer a range of medications.

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Medication Administration Certification

New York State law requires child care providers to be certified to administer medication other than over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Components of MAT certification:

  • Successful completion of the 8 hr. MAT class, including written quizzes and demonstration of skills
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Completion of a Health Care Plan
  • Fees: The cost of the classroom Medication Administration Training is $120, or $80 for the independent study. Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the voucher system that assisted providers in paying for a portion of the MAT class will be replaced with a rebate reimbursement system. Child care providers who take MAT will be eligible for up to a $100 rebate for classroom MAT or up to $70 for independent study. All MAT grant rebates will be awarded contingent upon funding availability
  • For more information, or to apply for a MAT grant rebate, visit the NYS Professional Development Program

Health Care Plans

A child care program's health care plan outlines the program's medical-related policies and procedures. A health care plan is a mandatory requirement of any child care program that administers medication. A program's health care plan must be reviewed by the program's Health Consultant of Record before submitting to Office of Children & Family Services for Final approval.

  • Successful completion of the 8 hr. MAT class, including written quizzes and demonstration of skills
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Completion of a Health Care Plan

Who does not have to take MAT training?

  • Any person who will NOT administer medication or will only administer over-the-counter topical ointments, sunscreen and topically applied insect repellent
  • Relatives including the parent, step-parent, guardian or relative within the third degree of consanguinity of the parents or step-parents of such child
  • Any person who holds a valid NYS license as a physician, physician assistant, registered nurse, licensed nurse practitioner, practical nurse, or advanced emergency medical technician

Contact

Richelle Singer
Child Care Council Director
rfs35@cornell.edu
(315) 223-7850 Ext 223

Last updated March 10, 2017