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MassHealth pays new PCAs for this time; therefore, new PCAs must attend the orientation during non-working hours.
The fiscal intermediary (FI) notifies consumers of the PCA New Hire Orientation requirement. The PCA New Hire Orientation must be completed within six months of the initial notification. It is strongly recommend, however, that the new PCA completes the PCA New Hire Orientation at least two weeks prior to their sanction date to allow time for processing by the FI. If the new PCA fails to do so, s/he will incur a two dollar ($2.00) per hour after-tax payroll deduction for all payroll payments dated on or after their sanction date. The $2.00 per hour deduction will continue until the new PCA completes the PCA New Hire Orientation.
If the New PCA completes the PCA New Hire Orientation within two months of their six month sanction date, the payroll deductions will cease and all accumulated deductions will be returned. However, if the New PCA completes the PCA New Hire Orientation after eight months of the date of hire and submits the correct paperwork, the payroll deductions will cease, but they will forfeit all accumulated deductions.
Consumers have two PCA New Hire Orientation delivery options:
The PCA Workforce Council produced a video of two consumers talking about the PCA New Hire Orientation delivery options available. It is suggested consumers watch this video to help them make a decision about which option to choose. https://youtu.be/nHCGeY9E_d4
For more information please read the frequently asked questions or contact your Personal Care Management Agency.
The Home Care Training Benefit of 1199SEIU and the PCA Workforce Council is currently seeking candidates for the position of Part-Time Trainer; Per Diem for the PCA New Hire Orientation Program.
We encourage individuals with disabilities and experience with the PCA Program to apply.
Part-Time Instructors Job Listing (PDF) l (DOC)