BOSTON—Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health, joined his colleagues in passage of legislation requires the Personal Care Attendant Workforce Council create an orientation program for newly hired personal care attendants.
“This bill ensures personal care attendants know their rights and responsibilities,” Representative Sánchez said. “Importantly, it will also continue to allow consumers to train their personal care attendant around their individual needs.”
The legislation passed by the House requires the training be completed within 4 months of initial employment. The training program may include issues such as independent living principles, identifying and reporting fraud and abuse, and workers’ rights and responsibilities. This training would supplement, not replace, training provided by consumers.
The Personal Care Attendant Workforce Council was created in 2006 to allow individuals with disabilities to more easily find and hire personal care attendants.
The bill will now move to the Senate for debate and further action.