PCA Training Requirements: Findings from a 50-State Study

About the webinar

Dorie Seavey and Abby Marquand from PHI (formerly known as the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute) will discuss findings from their recent study of state training requirements for personal care aides (PCAs), currently the fastest growing occupation in America. No federal training requirements exist for PCAs; consequently, where they exist, training standards vary dramatically by state and by program. This has led to stark differences in the level of preparedness of these workers between, and even within, states. Learn about the status of PCA training requirements across the nation and how some leader states are making moves to rationalize and improve their systems.

About the Presenter

Dorie Seavey, Ph.D., PHI’s Director of Policy Research, leads PHI’s policy research and analysis on economic, financial, and labor market issues affecting the direct-care workforce and the eldercare/disability services industry. Seavey is an expert in the field of long-term services and supports, and the workforce providing those services. At PHI, Seavey has defined and analyzed direct-care labor markets at the national and state levels, bringing increased attention to the critical role these workers play in the nation’s economy. She is the author with Abby Marquand of Caring in America, a comprehensive analysis of America’s home care and personal assistance workforce. Seavey directs PHI’s State Data Center, a web-based resource providing detailed information on the nation’s 4-million strong direct-care workforce in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Abby Marquand, M.P.H., a Policy Research Analyst at PHI, is responsible for research and analysis on policy issues affecting the direct-care workforce as well as the eldercare/disability service industry. She also provides support to the Director of Policy Research. Abby's previous work experience and education are in the field of aging. Prior to joining PHI, Abby worked on reporting and analysis in New York City, first at the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, and then at NYC's Medicaid Homecare Services program. She also spent time at the Mental Health Association of NYC - Geriatric Mental Health Alliance supporting policy research and advocacy work on geriatric mental health issues. Abby earned a master's in public health from Columbia University, specializing in aging.

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