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PHI to Host Capitol Hill Briefing on Personal Care Attendant Training

July 26, 2012

Policymakers and advocates will gather for a Capitol Hill briefing on the state of personal care attendant (PCA) training across the U.S.

The briefing, hosted by PHI, will take place on September 24 at 10 a.m.

PHI Director of Policy Research Dorie Seavey will present the findings on PHI’s state-by-state analysis of PCA training requirements.

Speakers from California and North Carolina Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST) demonstration projects will give status reports on efforts currently underway in their states.

In addition, a representative from Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), the federal agency administering the grant program, has been invited to present a mid-term report on the PHCAST project overall.

The PCA occupation is projected to experience explosive growth of 71 percent in the coming decade [see chart] in response to rapidly increasing demand for long-term services and supports as the nation ages.

The final results of the PHCAST demonstration projects, underway in six states overall, will inform recommendations for national minimum standards for PCA training.

More details to come.

– by Gail MacInnes, PHI National Policy Analyst

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