The grant's funding will ‘help us provide essential training and resources to caregivers in San Bernadino County.’
The Center for Caregiver Advancement (CCA), an organization that provides training to caregivers in California, received $10 million in grant funding to bring its caregiver training programs to in-home supportive services (IHSS) providers in San Bernadino County, California.
The funding for the grant comes from California's Workforce Development Board's HRTP Resilient Workforce Fund.
"As California prepares for demographic changes, including the growth of the 60-and-over population, it's critical that we develop a direct care workforce that is adaptable and responsive to the state's unique challenges," Tim Rainey, executive director of state's workforce development board, said in a statement.
"This grant recognizes the essential role that the caregiving workforce plays in ensuring Californians age with dignity and respect and will positively impact both the job quality of caregivers, and the care they provide, in San Bernadino County," he said.
With the grant, CCA will partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) to conduct a randomized control trial. The following study will lay the foundation for policy changes to recognize worker specializations, improve retention, create advancement within the home care workforce, and secure long-term funding for caregiver training.
University of California San Francisco will also assist with the study, looking at the impact of Alzheimer's care and caregiver resiliency teamprograms. The grant will also enable CCA to offer caregiver resiliency teams to San Bernardino's IHSS providers."CCA is thrilled to have been chosen to receive this grant from the CWDB. It will help us provide essential training and resources to caregivers in San Bernadino County, improving both quality of care for consumers and developing specialized skills for workers," Corinne Eldridge, president and CEO of the CCA, said in a statement.
"Through the research that will come out of this grant, we have the potential to generate systems change that will positively impact half a million IHSS caregivers in California."