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Personal and Home Care Aide State Training Program (PHCAST)

Note: This program will not have any future competitions.


The purpose of the PHCAST program is to recruit and train individuals as qualified personal and home care aides in occupational shortage and/or high demand areas.  Through this demonstration project, awards are made to States for the purposes of developing core training competencies and certification programs for personal and/or home care aides to help meet the needs of and provide quality care to the geriatric, mentally ill, and disabled populations. 


Eligible entities are States, including the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa. PHCAST funds are awarded directly to these States or jurisdictions. Within the eligible entity, the Governor may designate the appropriate State agency to administer the PHCAST program, such as a state health department or a state workforce investment board. 

More Information

Program details (Opportunity Closing Date: 7/19/2010)
Active Grants and Abstracts
Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST) Demonstration Program: Report to Congress on Initial Implementation (PDF - 1.3 MB)


Kirk Koyama, MSN, RN, PHN, CNS
(301) 443-4926

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