New State Program Addresses Caregiver Shortage

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has launched a new, free professional workforce advancement program to recruit and certify 10,000 caregivers to work in home and community-based settings (HCBS].

The program offers individuals a streamlined path to becoming a certified direct care professional (CDCP). Following training and testing, new CDCPs can receive bonuses of up to $500.

This online statewide professional certification system is dedicated to improving competency and career advancement in home and community settings. Workers can gain marketable skills that transfer from one employer to another without retraining.

The curriculum, developed by DHS’ academic partner, the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, prepares job seekers to enter the caregiving workforce. It’s the first step on a career path that offers future opportunities and growth.

Individuals who earn certification can connect with HCBS agencies and employers on WisCaregiver Connections, a one-stop online portal featuring job postings, candidate profiles, credentialing details, training opportunities, and a resource library.

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