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Effective May 1, 2013, MHCP requires all PCA agencies ensure all new individual PCA providers successfully complete the mandatory PCA training as follows:

  • • New Hire – before hire
  • • Rehire – before hire

Individual PCA providers who are already enrolled/affiliated with your PCA agency on dates before May 1, 2013, must successfully complete the training before May 1, 2014.

PCA Mandatory Training

2009 Legislation required DHS to develop a standardized training for individuals who want to enroll as an individual PCA provider. The individual must successfully complete the training prior to enrollment with MHCP as an individual PCA provider.

New Hire/Rehire Enrollment & Affiliation

Effective for all applications submitted on or after May 1, 2013, PCA agencies must include the following information about the individual PCA provider if they are a new hire or rehire to the PCA agency:

  • • Date Training Complete
  • • PCA Training Certificate Number

MHCP will only affiliate a new or rehired PCA beginning on, or after, the date the person:

  • • Successfully completes the PCA training OR
  • • Has cleared or received a set aside for the background study with the PCA agency, whichever is later


PCA Eligibility Requirement Changes

September 24th, 2010

Currently, in order to be eligible for Personal Care Assistance (PCA), the state of Minnesota requires that the person receiving care is either dependent on one Activity of Daily Living (ADL) or that the person exhibits what is called Level 1 behavior. Dependency on an ADL now requires hands-on physical assistance to complete the task or cuing and constant supervision to complete the task. ADLs include the following:

– Grooming
– Dressing
– Bathing
– Transferring
– Mobility
– Positioning
– Eating
– Toileting

Level 1 Behavior is behavior that requires the immediate response of another person, has occurred in the last 12 months, and involves at least one of the following:

– Physical aggression towards self
– Physical aggression towards others
– Destruction of property

Starting July 1, 2011, Minnesota will require a person to be dependent on two ADLs in order to receive PCA services. According to the PACER Center, the state is expected to reassess all recipients of PCA services between January 1 and June 30, 2011, except for those who receive PCA services through a waiver program or the Alternative Care Program.

More people to be eligible for Medical Assistance beginning March 1

Starting March 1, additional low income people will be eligible for Medicaid benefits under expansion of Minnesota’s Medical Assistance (MA) program. Adults without children under age 21 in the home with incomes at or below 75 percent of the federal poverty guideline ($677 a month or $8,124 a year for one person)  (MA). This includes people who are currently enrolled in General Assistance (GAMC) or MinnesotaCare.

Current GAMC enrollees will not have to take any action. They can continue to go to their health care providers for services. They will automatically be enrolled and will receive MA benefits. New applicants who are eligible for MA can enroll starting March 1, by contacting their county agencies. MinnesotaCare enrollees who meet the expansion qualifications should also continue to go to their health plan providers for services. They will transition to MA over a period of six months but will be eligible for MA benefits beginning March 1; coverage will be retroactive.

Current GAMC and MinnesotaCare enrollees will receive information from the Department of Human Services about the expansion and any actions they need to take.

Mandatory PCA Training:

All PCA employees are required to complete Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Individualized PCA Training as mandated by the legislature on January 1st, 2010. The online training course is now available and is free of charge. To register for training you must have a valid email address where you will receive your training certificate. The training will take approximately 30-45 minutes. To take the test click on the link below:

• PCA Gender Request: As part of their care plan, a recipient of PCA services may request a personal care assistant of the same gender as the recipient. The PCA agency must make a reasonable effort to accommodate the request. (August 1, 2013; Ch 63, sec 8, 9)