Contract Staffing Helps Schools Meet Pediatric Therapy Demand

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Keith Adams, vice president of recruitment for PediaStaff, discusses how schools use contractors to comply with the therapy requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).



Contract companies step in to provide staff that can hit the ground running within a school to ensure that services are provided when the local school district might not be able to have the staff available to provide the therapy required.

As the school year approaches, many schools are utilizing contract staffing to obtain the pediatric therapists they need to meet government requirements, according to veteran recruiter Keith Adams.

School systems are required by the federal government to provide educational based therapy services to students who have disabilities as defined within Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (IDEA). As vice president of recruitment for PediaStaff, Adams places Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), Occupational Therapists (OT), and Physical Therapists (PT) as well as Psychologists in these schools. He said that while PediaStaff can place both contractors and direct hires, 90% of their business comes from contract staffing.

There are a couple of reasons for this, Adams said. In many school districts, there are therapist shortages. Contract staffing can help schools in those districts attract therapists from other areas because therapists love the flexibility and opportunity to travel that working on contract provides.

“Contract companies step in to provide staff that can hit the ground running within a school to ensure that services are provided when the local school district might not be able to have the staff available to provide the therapy required,” Adams said.

Contract staffing is also a great way for schools to satisfy short-term needs, such as maternity and health-related leaves and unexpected openings, Adams said.

“Contract companies tend to be able to provide contractors to fill these staffing needs quickly with the type therapist that the school needs to avoid a disruption in the students’ progress,” he said.

PediaStaff was established in 2004 and works exclusively with Top Echelon Contracting (TEC) as its contract staffing back-office provider. Adams has been TEC’s top producing contract staffing recruiter every year since 2007.

Top Echelon Contracting becomes the Employer of Record for PediaStaff’s contractors, handling the employee paperwork, legal contracts, timesheet collection, payroll funding and processing, tax withholding, benefits, Workers’ Compensation, invoicing, collection of accounts receivables, background checks, etc. TEC also offers PediaStaff’s contractors a full menu of benefits, which is a perk that helps PediStaff attract the highest caliber of school-based therapists.

TEC carries an extensive Certificate of Insurance that includes medical professional liability insurance. Due to the sensitive nature of these positions, TEC also provides the following:

  • Drug Screening
  • Background Check
  • License Verification
  • OIG/HHS (Medicare Fraud) Search
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training and Testing
  • Immunization verification (Hepatitis B, TB)
  • Skills Checklists
  • CPR Training/Certification
  • FBI Fingerprinting (contact with children)
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) Agreement

PediaStaff is recognized as a national leader in the contract and direct hire placement of pediatric SLPs, OTs and PTs. In addition to working with school systems, their business model includes hospitals, clinics, and home health. PediaStaff believes in listening to their client’s needs and going the extra mile to offer choices and flexibility. Their philosophy also extends to the therapists who are offered clinical support and great benefits through TEC’s back-office service.

Both Adams and TEC President, Debbie Fledderjohann, believe that customer service and quality lead to a successful business relationship and provide their services in a timely, reliable, and ethical manner. Both also believe that the future will continue to bring a strong demand for contract therapy professionals in schools, hospitals and clinics across the United States.

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