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Over 50 Agencies Participate in Mental Health SHCA Train the Trainer

Thursday, July 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Gurgone
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Yesterday, the Council held our first Train the Trainer program for our new Mental Health Supportive Home Care Aide (SHCA) curriculum.  During this day-long training, home care supervisors and educators learned how to use the Council’s new 12-hour Mental Health Supportive Home Care Aide (SHCA) curriculum designed to prepare home health aides to work with individuals with mental and behavioral health conditions. Additionally, attendees were trained on how to provide the corresponding 3-hour Supervisor’s Training, “Partners in Care”. These curricula were created and piloted thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund. The outcomes from the testing of the curriculum were also be shared with participants.



Thank you to Hayley Gleason, our Assistant Director, and Sue Pratt, our Curriculum Development Consultant from Tripp Memorial Foundation, for leading our presentation yesterday.  Thank you also to Lesley Ayala, our Administrative Assistant, and Leah Leavitt, our Membership and Marketing Manager, for organizing this event and pulling together the curriculum materials for distribution.


This grant initiative will now enter its final stages focused on sharing information regarding the Mental Health SHCA service throughout the network.  This fall, the Council will partner with EOEA to host a series of forums on this new curriculum for ASAP staff and other interested parties. 


Thank you to all of our members who sent individuals from their staff to learn how to use this curriculum to provide enhanced training to your home health aides.  We urge these agencies to schedule their Mental Health SHCA trainings in preparation for an initiative to encourage the purchasing of this enhanced service to take place throughout the ASAP network this fall and winter.