About Senate Bill 1534
Senate Bill 1534 was passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly in 2018. The bill directs the Department of Human Services to implement mandatory training and testing requirements for homecare and personal support workers.
These new requirements, effective January 1, 2020, are for all homecare and personal support workers who are approved to provide services and supports to individuals receiving in-home services funded through Medicaid or Oregon Project Independence.
The new requirements set standards for all homecare and personal support workers to make sure they have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to provide quality services and supports. Currently, training is voluntary and offered through the Oregon Home Care Commission across the state.
Being a homecare and personal support worker is a valued profession and training is important for career development and advancement.
Senate Bill 1534 identified several training topics that include:
- Safety and emergency measures;
- Understanding the requirements for providers paid with Medicaid funds;
- Providing person-centered care;
- Understanding how to support the physical and emotional needs of the individual who is receiving care;
- Managing medications; and
- Providing personal care and assistance with activities of daily living.
A SB 1534 training workgroup was created to establish minimum training standards. The workgroup was made up of community partners, stakeholders, advocacy groups, the union that represents the workforce (SEIU), homecare and personal support workers, and consumers. The workgroup identified many important topics to be included in orientation and core training that benefits the consumer and worker.
Enrolled Senate Bill 1534
The first rule advisory committee to review the proposed rules for the new training and testing requirements for homecare and personal support worker is scheduled for February 8, 2018. If you are interested in serving on the rule advisory committee, please reply to Jenny Cokeley at Jenny.E.Cokeley@state.or.us by Friday, January 25, 2019.
Senate Bill 1534 Steering Committee
The Senate Bill 1534 Steering Committee consists of leadership from SEIU, Aging and People with Disabilities, and the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services. The purpose of the committee is to make recommendations and decisions necessary to successfully implement Senate Bill 1534.
SB 1534 Charter
Senate Bill 1534 Training Workgroup
Stakeholders were invited to participate in a workgroup to develop recommendations for mandatory training and testing requirements for homecare and personal support workers. The workgroup started meeting in July 2018 and their final recommendations were presented to the Senate Bill 1534 Steering Committee in December 2018
The workgroup developed several subgroups to focus on curriculum development, testing, and how Oregon Home Care Commission certifications are impacted by Senate Bill 1534. The subgroup recommendations were presented to the larger training workgroup for consideration.