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Training Partners

Are you interested in becoming a training program partner for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and/or Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA)? The Gateway-In Project© is actively seeking training sites throughout California to collaborate with in order to train CNA and HHA students. Our goal is to introduce 2,700 CNAs and HHAs to Home and Community-Based provider communities by July 2025. Currently, we are specifically seeking partners in Northern and Central Counties. While we are still exploring opportunities in Southern California, we have already established a strong presence there with numerous partners.

If you are interested in becoming a training partner with LeadingAge California, please fill out an application form. Note that filling out this form doesn’t guarantee a partnership, but it is the first step in the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there prerequisites for becoming a training site?

If you intend to partner with us for theory hours and a clinical site, your training program must obtain approval from the California Department of Public Health. However, if your interest is solely in becoming a clinical site, we will collaborate with you on an individual basis and assist in submitting an application, using one of our established training programs to include you as a clinical site.

Are there additional potential barriers or specific sites we're seeking?

This opportunity is open to everyone. However, our primary focus is on addressing the needs of underserved and underrepresented areas in California. To ensure even distribution, we aim to avoid concentrating too many training sites in one specific region. Our goal is to cover a wide geographic area in California with accessible training sites. We recognize that transportation can be a challenge, so we want to ensure that students receive training and placements in their local areas.

As this is free program, what does this mean for the provider and how do wraparound services work?

For providers, our primary goal is to train, certify, and prepare as many CNAs and HHAs as possible for placement in your communities. Your main responsibility is to inform us of your needs so we can facilitate placements.

The unique aspect of this program is the inclusion of wraparound services. These services are designed to remove barriers that might otherwise prevent certain communities from participating in this training. By covering expenses like childcare and transportation, we aim to eliminate obstacles that could deter individuals from joining this training. Our hope is that by offering these wraparound services and tuition-free courses, we can make it possible for more people to enter the workforce and contribute to the solution.

What is the maximum amount that a training site can avail for CNAs?

We will establish individual contracts with each training site, and the specific funding amount will be determined as part of those contract discussions. Additionally, our wraparound services will be tailored to each student's specific needs. The allocation of students to particular sites will depend on their geographic location and the training site's proximity to them. We haven't set specific maximum or minimum funding amounts. We aim for a 1-15 student-to-course ratio to ensure cost-effectiveness.

If a student experiences a 'site-mismatch,' will efforts be made to place them elsewhere as part of the retention plan?

We'll make every effort to ensure a good fit initially. If it's determined that the placement isn't suitable, we'll collaborate with the student and job placement sites to ensure everyone is content and appropriately reassigned.

We've seen a decline in CNA program interest and higher scholarship recipient drop-out rates. Any ideas to address these challenges?

Our marketing strategy involves dedicated staff actively recruiting students through different channels and at various events, with their main focus on student recruitment. Additionally, we've set up coaching services to address potential drop-off issues. If a student shows signs of not completing the course, our coaches will step in to identify and resolve the issue, reducing drop-out rates.

Furthermore, we're collecting comprehensive demographic data, including socio-economic and geographic information, as well as program duration. This data will be used for research and analysis to identify any missed indicators or issues we could have addressed. It will also help us determine the effectiveness of our wraparound services and any additional support required.

If a student completes the CNA program and wants to pursue HHA, would you cover the cost?

Yes, we understand there are multiple pathways to becoming an HHA. You can either enroll in a program that directly trains you as an HHA, or you can first become a CNA and then complete the additional 40 hours of training to become a certified HHA. Our program will cover the expenses for both of these options.

Currently, CDPH mandates in-person training. Can we seek approval for online training as well?

This is a separate approval process. If you've already received approval for an in-person training program and want to add online theory hours, you'll need to follow a different procedure. Some of our partners have successfully navigated this process, but if you're an existing site considering it, please explore the specific steps involved.

Will CPR classes be offered to students for those who need it?

We don't provide CPR classes as part of our program, but students who wish to take them may have the opportunity to have the cost covered, depending on their specific wraparound service requirements

Aside from tuition, does The Gateway-In Project© provide support for student employment during training?

We would need to collaborate with our provider members on this matter. When we proposed this program to the state, it was designed to cover tuition and wraparound services for students, without discussing employment during the training program. While offering employment support may be appealing to students, it's not a feature we currently provide or require.

Can a social model adult day program serve as a training site, and is there a minimum student requirement?

A suitable training site would either employ CNAs and HHAs or have the capacity to train them. If you're an Adult Day Care program or a site that doesn't utilize CNAs or HHAs, this program may not align with your needs. Any organization that involves CNAs or HHAs in some capacity can potentially become a partner.

Can Assisted Living and Memory Care facilities be used as partners or training sites for the internship?

We can incorporate assisted living and memory care as internship placements if you are open to the idea. Regarding training sites, if you don't already have an established training program, there are certain steps we'll need to follow, and we may need to partner you with an existing training program.

Do wraparound services include Livescan services and immunization (MMR, Hep B, COVID, etc.) if needed?

The cap for wraparound services is determined by each student's specific and urgent needs. For instance, if a student requires additional daycare support that exhausts their allocated amount, we will explore options for additional funding. It's important to note that wraparound services are not individually itemized in the reimbursements. However, the cost of certification is clearly outlined in the reimbursements, and we cover that expense.