For years, training standards for personal care aides in Washington posed several challenges that affected consumers and workers alike. In 2012, advocates responded by successfully passing a ballot initiative that created a new training system for these aides—expanding learning objectives, increasing training hours, and introducing certification requirements. In just a few years, Washington raised the bar nationwide for training and certification. This report is part of a three-part series focusing on states that have led the way in developing personal care aide training standards. Specifically, we ask: what was the need for improved training standards in Washington State? How did long-term care leaders address that need? And how did the broader long-term care community react to proposed training standards?
Stephen Campbell is a Data and Policy Analyst at PHI. In this capacity, he studies and writes about a variety of issues facing the direct care workforce–with the goal of reforming state and national policies.
Caring for the Future
Our new policy report takes an extensive look at today's direct care workforce—in five installments.