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.


For individuals who wants to take free training, fill out the Student Interest Form and Intake Survey.

Student Interest Form Intake Survey


Provide free training for your employees, hire our student(s) or become our clinical partner.

Organization Interest Form

For more information about the Direct Care Workforce Innovation Project, please send an email to [email protected].