HB276 was passed during the 2021 Regular Session which allows PCAs that are on the PCA Registry to transition to the SRNA certification upon completion of the requirements outlined in HB276 which are incorporated into the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Memorandum issued on May 24, 2021. More information can be obtained at https://nurseaide.kctcs.edu/nurse-aide-training-programs/personal-care-attendant.aspx.
On March 26, 2020 the Kentucky Office of Inspector General
provided guidance to allow for long-term care facilities to train and hire
Personal Care Attendants during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Revised
guidance was issued on April 14, 2020. This temporary waiver
permits a long-term care facility to employ a trained Personal Care Attendant
(“PCA”) to perform defined resident care procedures that do not require the
skill or training required for a State Registered Nurse Aide (“SRNA”) who has
successfully completed the nurse aide training and competency evaluation
program established by 907 KAR 1:450. Facilities who intend to hire Personal
Care Attendants during the State of Emergency must ensure that the following requirements
- A candidate for training must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. There are no minimum educational requirements;
- A candidate
must complete the training requirements outlined in the April 14, 2020 Office
of Inspector General memo;
- A candidate
who completes training and is employed by a facility must:
- Satisfy the same criminal background checks requirements as
required for long-term care facility employees pursuant to KRS 216.788-216.793;
- Submit to a check of the nurse aide abuse registry; and
- Be registered through the Kentucky Board of Nursing.
Once the requirements outlined in the Kentucky Office of Inspector
General memorandum are complete, the facility must send the completed spreadsheet with information regarding the Personal Care Attendants and the agenda that shows that all required areas/competencies outlined in the OIG Memorandum were trained on by the Personal Care Attendants to Michelle.Rudovich@ky.gov The spreadsheet that is to be completed is located here and should be emailed as an Excel file and not a pdf. The Office of Inspector General memo that provides information about PCAs can be obtained here.