A new Basic Caregiver Training Emergency Rule (WSR 22-15-020) has been refiled in Washington state, effective July 12, 2022. The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) filed rules effective July 1, 2022 as WSR 22-12-081 to outline dates by which HCAs must complete basic caregiver training based on hire and rehire dates. These dates may extend through September 30, 2023, or within 120 days after the end of the COVID-19 training waivers established by the governor, whichever is later.
DSHS provides basic caregiver training for HCAs. DSHS wasn't able to provide basic caregiver training due to COVID-19. Emergency rule provisions, first adopted in April 2020, allowed NARs and HCAs to perform delegated tasks without the training.
This emergency rule will be refiled every 120 days until DSHS resumes its standard training schedule.