College: College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving

Invaluable: the unrecognized profession of direct support

A multi-perspective documentary depicting the critical juncture the United States is facing where national and state strategies must be implemented to secure the direct support workforce and save our systems from regression.

Date: Wednesday, January 12th
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET
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How MCOs can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs of Care for Older Adults and Members with Disabilities

The high impact of competency-based training is being recognized throughout the industry

Helping people with disabilities and older citizens to build and enjoy rewarding lives in their communities is an important pursuit. As MCOs continue to take on responsibility for disbursement of related services and funding under Medicaid, they must look for the best ways to fulfill that mission. A primary goal should be insistence on the creation and maintenance of well-trained direct support staffs with the full range of knowledge and competencies required to create an environment of superior, sustained care for these higher-need populations. By requiring staff education specific to the environment in which these members are served, MCOs can put in place a system that helps them meet their own goals while contributing to the U.S. healthcare’s “Triple Aim” of improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing per capital costs.

Read more – download the white paper here.

CMS Core Competencies

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) funded the Road Map of Core Competencies for the Direct Service Workforce, a multi-phased research project implemented through the National Direct Service Workforce (DSW) Resource Center. The purpose of this project is to:

  • identify a common set of core competencies across community-based long-term services and supports (LTSS) sectors: aging, behavioral health (including mental health and substance use), intellectual and developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities; and
  • assist states to take a more comprehensive and standardized approach to direct service workforce training and workforce quality improvement through the creation of a nationally-validated core competency set.

The DirectCourse content is designed to help you meet these core competency areas. See below for specific resources that demonstrate this!

  • DirectCourse Core Competencies Cross-Walk: click here
  • CMS Direct Service Workforce Core Competencies Webinar On January 22, Lori Sedlezky, MSW of the University of Minnesota RTC, presented the newly validated, CMS funded DSW Core Competencies.
    • To view the presentation, click here.
    • To download the slides, click here.
    • Recorded webinars and slides for individual content areas:
    • College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving: March 5th, 2pm EST
    •  College of Direct Support: March 18th, 2pm EST
    • College of Recovery and Community Inclusion: April 1st, 2pm EST!
  • Road Map of Core Competencies for the Direct Service Workforce click here.

Future Needs of Caregivers in the Home

Future Needs of Caregivers in the Home Webinar, Presented by Nancy Thaler, Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

Safety at Work: Information for Home Care Providers

Mel Neri, Director of Curriculum Development for the Community Living Policy Center at the University of California, San Francisco, provides an overview of basic safety at home best practices.