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Mental Health

Mental Health Supportive Home Care Aide Implementation Grant

The purpose of this grant was to develop two curricula, one to prepare home health aides to work with individuals with mental and behavioral health diagnoses, and one for supervisors, to train them on how to better support their HHA employees. Through this grant the curricula were created and piloted in two phases. In total, 126 home health aides and 62 supervisors received the training. A train the trainer was held to disseminate the two curricula in June, 2016, which was attended by 57 agency staff. Five regional workshops were held for ASAP staff in the Winter of 2016.

This grant funded by Chapter 224 (MA Cost Containment Legislation) and the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund

Prior to implementation, the Council secured a planning grant. With this grant, the Council Foundation reviewed existing training and curricula and gained insights from home care aides, agency supervisors and key industry stakeholders. In total, 10 focus groups were held across the state, five with home health aides (N=49), 3 with supervisors (N=20), and 2 with stakeholders (N=15). 

More information can be found here:


Mental Health SHCA Curriculum Development

Mental Health SHCA Implementation Grant Report

Fact Sheets

Mental Health SHCA Fact Sheet

Mental Health SCHA Planning Grant Fact Sheet

Mental Health SHCA Implementation and Background


Article by Hayley Gleason and Caitlin Coyle: “Mental and behavioral health conditions among older adults: implications for the home care workforce”

Click here for the Council's video on the role of the Supportive Home Care Aide