No-Cost Workforce Training Available through Regional WIOs

Free trainings are available to your staff in home care agencies throughout the state of New York via the Workforce Investment Organizations (WIOs).

The state Department of Health approved the organizations in the fall of 2017 that are collectively receiving up to $245 million beginning from April 2018 to March 2020 for initiatives to retrain, recruit and retain healthcare workers in the long–term care sector as part of the state’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) waiver amendment.

Under this workforce development program, the Department of Health (DOH) required MLTC plans, which include Fully Integrated Dual Advantage (FIDA) plans, to contract with the designated WIOs to target direct care workers, with the goals of supporting the critical long term healthcare workforce infrastructure through retraining, redeployment, and enhancing skillsets. A list of participating MLTCs and their WIO contracted partners is available on the DOH website here.

Each WIO is approved to service one or more regions across the state. Included below are the approved WIOs and their service areas in addition to information they have provided to HCA for distribution to members.

Long Term Care Workforce Investment Organizations (WIOs)

1199 SEIU / Homecare Industry Education Fund-Ladders to Value
(Regions: Central, Hudson, Long Island, NYC and Western)

ArchCare (Regions: Hudson, Long Island, and NYC)

Audacia Foundation (Regions: Central, Long Island, NYC, Northeast, and Western New York)

Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (Region: Western New York)

Iroquois Healthcare Association (Regions: Central, Hudson, Long Island, NYC, Northeast and Western)

  • Provides online training through a partnership with Healthstream, providing access to over 3,000 courses specifically designed for the long term care industry.
  • Supplies Google Chromebooks to organizations to enable online learning.
  • Powers the Caring Gene® recruitment program connecting providers with job vacancies to potential, qualified employees.

Montefiore (Regions: Hudson and NYC)

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (Region: NYC)

SelfHelp Community Services, Inc. (Regions: Long Island and NYC)