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Direct Care Professionals – It is very important that Direct Care Professionals be involved in the development and testing of the recommendations for a new training and credentialing system for the workforce. The Department is seeking direct care professionals to participate in the DCP Educational Review Committee to provide ongoing feedback to the Department and the Council as curriculum is developed. In addition, direct care professionals who are in the pilot project regions will have opportunities to participate in leadership and mentoring activities.
Consumers – The Direct Care Worker Advisory Council meets regularly and is comprised of various stakeholders, including consumers. The Department encourages consumers to attend the open meetings, and individuals interested in serving on the Council may contact the Department. Consumer-direct DCPs in the pilot regions will be eligible to participate in the test training and credentialing and receive free training and support.
Employers and Educators – Employers and educators will be critical partners in making the pilot project a success. Employers and educators will be able to apply to participate in the pilot project activities, including free training and direct care worker support. A Curriculum Work Group has been established to develop competencies and curriculum to test in the pilot project. Employers and educators are encouraged to submit examples of existing curriculum to the Department for review by the Work Group.
For more information or to participate in the initiative, contact Erin Drinnin, 515-281-3166.