Building Training...Building Quality

Michigan is proud to be one of six states awarded a Personal and Home Care Aide State Training Program grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and deliver training for personal care aides (PCA) -- those aides working outside of certified nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospice.

Michigan’s project, Building Training…Building Quality (BTBQ), is focusing on PCAs who work with participants in the MI Choice Waiver Program. Through the waiver program, elders and people with disabilities who qualify for nursing home care can pursue their lives in their own homes, in adult foster care settings, and in homes for the aged.

With PHI’s Personal Care Services training as a foundation, the BTBQ program will identify initial competencies needed by MI Choice PCAs, create instructional materials, and offer Train-the-Trainer programs to lead to at least 400 PCAs receiving a multi-day training course. In addition, tested and proven curricula will be used to offer a full day of dementia training to 400 PCAs, to train 700 PCAs in preventing abuse and neglect, and to teach 200 PCAs home management skills. Peer mentors will also be trained to support new PCAs in the first months of employment.

In 2014, a final report on BTBQ was written by the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA), along with an executive summary.

BTBQ is a collaboration of OSA, Michigan State University’s Department of Family Practice within the College of Human Medicine, and PHI Michigan.

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