Regulatory Requirements

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Washington State's Long-Term Care initiative 1163

The passage of Initiative 1163 requires most Long-Term Care (LTC) workers to receive additional training and become certified as a Home Care Aide beginning January 7, 2012. Only state-approved training companies are allowed to offer training and certification. In addition, any LTC worker hired on or after January 2, 2012 is required to have a FBI fingerprint background check.

Exemptions

Long-term care workers exempt from these training requirements include anyone who worked in 2011 at an Adult Family Home, Boarding Home, or Home Care Agency in Washington State. A letter showing that you are exempt from the Home Care Aide training is to be provided to you by your employer. You must show this letter when applying for a position as a Home Care Aide at any of the above mentioned facilities.

Continuing Education Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2012 each Home Care Aide in the State of Washington must also complete 12 hours of Continuing Education each year.

These changes impact adult family homes, boarding homes, home care agencies (both those accepting Medicaid and private party pay), individual providers, DSHS contracted community instructors, and others.