A significant investment in training standards, curricula, and infrastructure is needed in Michigan to prepare greater numbers of workers for direct-care jobs in order to keep up with the demand for eldercare and disability services. Good training is critical to ensuring the quality of those services and maintaining independence for people with disabilities and chronic care needs.
Long-term supports and services (LTSS) employers, LTSS payers, governmental agencies and educational organizations can and should band together to create high-quality, competency-based, adult learner-centered training opportunities that support and deliver person-centered services.
What we are doing
- Advocating for a significant upgrade in state training standards for aides working in home care through creating state licensing standards in Senate Bill 71 for home care agencies that include initial high quality training.
- Promoting the 77- hour curriculum and lessons learned from the state’s federal demonstration grant to develop the “gold standard” in training aides working in the state’s MI Choice home and community-based waiver serving elders and people with physical disabilities.
- Working regionally to create and support sectoral initiatives to improve training activities through competency-based, adult learner-centered training for the direct-care workforce.
- Advising state and regional public policy makers, LTSS payers and others interested in improving training standards and on payment policies to enhance investment in training.
- Facilitating the actualization of person-centered supports and services throughout the state’s array of LTSS. See the work of One Vision-Moving Forward.