The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the Ministry) recognizes the important role of personal support workers (PSWs) in the provision of attendant services to Ontarians and supports initiatives to ensure that PSWs have the capacity to provide quality health care in Ontario.
The objective of the PSW Training Fund (the Training Fund) is to develop and foster a competent PSW workforce to deliver high quality and safe client care in the home and community sector that meets client needs through enhanced PSW continuing education and PSW certification.
The process requires organizations that would like to receive the Training Fund to submit a Training Proposal and to a lead agency so that all training proposals can be aggregated and submitted to the Ministry for review and approval.
Applications now open for 2017-18
As a lead agency, the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) coordinates and administers the Training Fund for eligible organizations within the jurisdictions of Central LHIN and TC LHIN.
Eligible organizations interested in applying are to download and complete the Training Proposal and Eligible Organization Overview, and submit them to PSWTraining@cilt.ca. Please review all program description and criteria below, before submitting your application.
Note: 1. For organizations managing multiple sites, please send one application only. 2. If Eligible Organizations want to pool resources together to facilitate a training session. It must be noted on the training plan(s) who will be the lead and how costs are be distributed amongst the Eligible Organizations involved.
Deadline for submission: Noon, Friday, June 23, 2017.
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Note: No funding is fully or partially guaranteed upon submission of the Training Proposal.
In order to receive the Training Fund, Eligible Organizations must:
- Provide community support services or personal support services in accordance with the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994; and
- be in receipt of LHIN or Ministry funding for the provision of such services.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR FUNDING
Eligible Organizations may apply to receive the Training Fund for the following purposes:
- Eligible PSW Enhanced Education – specialized clinical training for PSWs who:
o Are employed by an Eligible Organization; and
o provide community support services or personal support services.
The Training Fund provides reimbursement for expenditures for educational programs undertaken by an Eligible Organization for PSWs which must include one or more of the following subject matter areas:
- Specific diseases and/or chronic conditions
- Palliative and end-of-life care: content and clinical training to support clients with life limiting illness;
- Chronic illness care g. diabetes: clinical and preventative care to clients with chronic illnesses to enable quality of life;
- Mental health care: content and clinical training to understand and recognize symptoms of mental health disorders in support of clients’ care;
- Physical disabilities: g. multiple sclerosis: content and clinical training to understand and support client care to enable quality of life.
- Specific populations (e.g. Indigenous communities, children, francophone, LGBTQ)
- Indigenous care: educational content and clinical training to support a culturally appropriate and safe environment for Indigenous people requiring the care of a PSW.
- Pediatric care: content and clinical training to provide care for children requiring the care of a PSW.
- Aging and/or geriatric care
- Geriatric care: relevant content and clinical training opportunities for frontline PSW staff in geriatrics to raise awareness and address elder abuse and neglect of older adults;
- Alzheimer’s and dementia care: supporting and managing challenging and complex behaviours positively and safely;
- Preventing elder abuse: education to ensure safety and well-being of elders/seniors.
- Other specialized training of a clinical nature (e.g. de-escalation, safe foot care, transfers) that will benefit client care.
In order to be eligible for funding, the Eligible PSW Enhanced Education Program must:
- Be comprised of a minimum of 3 hours of instruction time for PSWs; and
- incorporate an outcomes-based evaluation component (e.g., follow-up survey developed by the ministry to evaluate whether the courses were meeting the needs of the PSW).
Please also note that the following types of training are not considered to be Eligible PSW Enhanced Education:
- First aid / CPR
- Computer training
- Food handling / food and nutrition
- Health and safety / infection control
- Vehicle operations / maintenance
- Administration and documentation
- General exercise programs (e.g., Zumba)
- Educational Conferences
- Any PSW training that are considered to be, or associated with, the regular operation or ongoing business requirements of the organization for its employees.
- Eligible PSW Certification Training in respect of individuals employed by an Eligible Organization in order for such individuals to obtain an educational certificate as a PSW. Such Eligible PSW Certification Training must be provided by one of the following:
- An Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology and approved for funding purposes by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities);
- A registered private career college that has received approval from the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges to offer the training and credential; or
- A publicly-funded secondary school within an Ontario district school board and whose program meets the provincial educational standard for the delivery of PSW programs.
- A bridging program that enables individuals to receive an educational certificate as a PSW from one of the approved educational institutions outlined above.
The following types of costs may be eligible for funding in connection with the Training Fund:
- For Eligible PSW Enhanced Education: salaries/wages and benefits (as applicable) to backfill shifts for PSWs who are required to be away from their regularly scheduled hours of employment to attend training provided under this Fund, for the hours spent in the classroom and on placement; trainer’s fee, classroom rental and associated administrative costs.
- For Eligible PSW Certification Training: salaries/wages and benefits (as applicable) to backfill shifts for PSWs who are required to be away from their regularly scheduled hours of employment to attend training provided under this Fund, for the hours spent in the classroom and on placement; cost of tuition fees, books and other educational materials.
Note: Part-time students attending eligible PSW certification are not eligible for backfill of salaries/wages and benefits for hours in the classroom which are not within their regularly scheduled work hours, but are eligible for hours on full-time placement and all other expenses.
- The cost of travel and out-of-town accommodation, in a manner consistent with the Government’s Management Board of Cabinet Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive (amended January 20172). Out-of-town accommodation costs for those in areas of the province where geography or weather conditions preclude daily commuting to a home residence will also be considered.
- Vaccination costs required for institutional practicum that form part of the Eligible PSW Certification Training and are not publicly funded.
– Hepatitis B
– Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Eligible Organizations may only apply to receive funding from the Training Fund to cover costs associated with Eligible PSW Enhanced Education and Eligible PSW Certification Training courses starting on or after April 1, 2017 and must be completed by March 31, 2018.
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