The California GROWs (CalGrows) initiative is CDA’s Direct Care Workforce Training and Stipends Program that will incentivize, support, and fund career pathways for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) workforce (non-IHSS). CalGrows seeks to provide the foundation for many positive outcomes in HCBS, including increased skills, satisfaction, retention, and career development opportunities for direct care workers.

The target population will include non-IHSS direct care workers who provide direct support to Medi-Cal recipients in the home and community, including home care aides, unlicensed social workers, personal care assistants, activities coordinators, care coordinators, community health workers, and transportation providers.

The goal of this project is to train and retain individuals currently employed as paid Direct Care Workers (DCW) or acting as unpaid family and friend caregivers.

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The CalGrows Program aims to support individuals who commit to serving in home and community-based settings (HCBS) following the completion of their CNA training. As a recipient of this training from Northern California Nursing Academy, you are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

Work Commitment: You are required to commit to working in home and community-based settings (HCBS) upon successful completion of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) coursework funded by CalGrows.

Post-Completion Tracking: We will actively track your progress and employment status after you have successfully completed the CNA program. This tracking will help ensure that you are fulfilling your commitment to serving in home and community-based settings. Please be prepared to provide periodic updates on your employment status for verification purposes.

Alignment with Funding Purpose: The CalGrows Program is intended specifically for individuals who intend to work in home and community-based settings. Therefore, we are unable to support individuals who plan to transition to nursing homes or hospitals immediately after completing their training.

Evidence of Continued Service: You must provide clear and documented evidence that you are continuously serving in home and community-based settings. Failure to provide such evidence may lead to the revocation of the scholarship and potential repayment of financial obligations.


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For more information about the CalGrows, please send an email to [email protected].