There are at least 40 places other than SEIU 775 to obtain DSHS approved 75 hour training to become an HCA in Washington State. Below is a link to the page on the DSHS website. There are various options from online modules to all in-class trainings. You can choose which training program works for you. Some are offered only in one county, others are throughout the state.
The site is difficult to find on the DSHS website – one has to go through many pages and clicks to find it. If you need help, contact me and I will help you.
Below is one example of one of these DSHS approved Training sites. There are roughly 40 such agencies listed and these alternatives may help to ease our crisis.
Another issue with HCA is the situation that was written about in Crosscut October 25, 2018. This article focuses on a different problem but also related to the fact that Washington State has some of the most restrictive requirements to becoming a Home Care Aide.
“Washington state is also home to some of the toughest requirements for home care aides, thanks to a 2011 ballot initiative sponsored by the SEIU 775 Northwest. Within 200 days of being hired — or 260 days for those with limited English proficiency — home care aides must pass a background check and the certification exam.”
We need caregivers – we need to find a way to promote the training and passing of the requirements. What we have is not working.