Eligibility

Caring4Cal is a program for current and aspiring licensed or certified Home- and Community-Based Service (HCBS) healthcare providers who live in California.

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Eligibility Requirement List

Incentive Track 1

Live in California – Caring4Cal is for CA residents only, ages 16+

AND

DO NOT have a current California-issued license or certification from the list in Track 2 below

AND

Intend to work, or volunteer under supervision, in an eligible job role in a home- or community-based setting in California

OR

Incentive Track 2

Live in California – Caring4Cal is for CA residents only, ages 16+

AND

Work, intend to work, or volunteer under supervision, in a home or community setting – Our focus is home- and community-based services (HCBS)

AND

Option 1: Hold a current California-issued license or certification in any of the eligible job roles listed below:

OR

Option 2: Have current active employment or are a supervised volunteer as a Community Health Worker (CHW)

See FAQ: Who is eligible for Caring4Cal? for a list of CHW job titles.

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What is a home- or community-based setting?

A home- or community-based setting refers to a living arrangement where individuals receive care, support, and services in their own home or in a community setting rather than in an institutional facility like a hospital or nursing home. This setting is designed to promote independence, comfort, and a sense of belonging within a person’s familiar environment.

Examples of home- and community-based settings include Adult Day Care, AIDS Waiver, Assisted Living Waiver, Provider Resource Centers, Community-Based Adult Services, Home- and Community-Based Alternatives Waiver, Multipurpose Senior Services Program, Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE).

Still ṇot sure if you are eligible? Contact us at (844) 426-1618 or use this form

Providers

Level 1:

Jump Start – $500 *One Incentive Per Level

Level 2:

Leap Forward – $750 *One Incentive Per Level

Level 3:

Recruitment & Retention – $1500 *One Incentive Per Level
New to home- or community-based healthcare: I do not work in the field and do not have an eligible job role, and I would like to enter the field Complete 15 hours of training. Must live in California and be interested in a home- or community-based healthcare career in an eligible job role. No licensing, certification, or employment verification required. Complete 15 additional hours of training. Must live in California and be interested in a home- or community-based  healthcare career in an eligible job role. No licensing, certification, or employment verification required. Already submitted Levels 1 and 2. Proof of employment in an eligible job role and setting in California for at least 40 hours for one month since beginning of program (Community Health Worker (CHW) must be in a home-based setting only) OR  Proof of registration for license/certification exam OR Proof of earned eligible license/certification during the Caring4Cal program period OR Proof of registration for, or application to, coursework toward a license or certification in an eligible job role.
Switch to home- or community-based healthcare: I currently work in the field and have an eligible job role, but I do not work in an eligible job setting Complete 15 hours of training. Must live in California and work in an eligible job role and intend to work in an eligible home- or community-based setting. Licensing or certification verification required. Complete 15 additional hours of training. Must live in California and work in an eligible job role and intend to work in an eligible home- or community-based setting. Licensing or certification verification required. Already submitted Levels 1 and 2. Proof of 40 hours work/month in California for 4 CONSECUTIVE months or more since the beginning of the program, with the most recent month in a qualifying job setting. (Community Health Worker (CHW) must be in a home-based setting only)
Current home- or community-based healthcare provider: I currently work in the field and have an eligible job. I currently work in an eligible job setting Complete 15 hours of training. Must live in California and work in an eligible job role in an eligible home- or community-based setting. Licensing or certification verification required. Complete 15 additional hours of training. Must live in California and work in an eligible job role in an eligible home- or community-based setting. Licensing or certification verification required. Already submitted Levels 1 and 2. Proof of 40 hours work/month in California for 4 CONSECUTIVE months or more since the beginning of the program, with the most recent month in a qualifying job setting. (Community Health Worker (CHW) must be in a home-based setting only)

Track Options

Provider Group

Level 1:

Jump Start – $500
Participants may claim each incentive level once in EITHER Track 1 OR Track 2.

Level 2:

Leap Forward – $750
Participants may claim each incentive level once in EITHER Track 1 OR Track 2.

Level 3:

Recruitment & Retention – $1500
Participants may claim each incentive level once in EITHER Track 1 OR Track 2.

Incentive Track 1

I DO NOT have a current California-issued license or certification in an eligible job role and I intend to get one and work, or volunteer under supervision, in an eligible job setting.

If you do have a current eligible license/certification and/or job role, submit your application in Track 2.

Complete 15 hours of training.

Must live in California and be interested in a home- or community-based healthcare career in an eligible job role. No licensing, certification, or employment verification required.

Complete 15 additional hours of training and already submitted
Level 1.

Must live in California and be interested in a home- or community-based healthcare career in an eligible job role. No licensing, certification, or employment verification required.

Already submitted
Levels 1 and 2.

Choose from:

Proof of employment or supervised volunteering in an eligible job role and setting in California for at least 40 hours for one month.*

OR Proof of registration for an eligible license/certification exam*

OR Proof of earning a current California issued license/certificate for an eligible job role*

OR Proof of registration for, or application to, coursework towards an eligible license or certification*

OR Community Health Worker (CHW) in home-based setting only and provide proof of the following:

  • Standing offer of employment OR proof of starting a job or active employment or supervised volunteering as a CHW in-home setting only*
  • Schedule or anticipated schedule of work or supervised volunteering*
  • Supervisor confirmation* Employment / Volunteering Verification Form
Incentive Track 2

I DO HAVE a current California-issued license or certification in an eligible job role. I intend to remain in an eligible job setting OR switch to an eligible job setting.

If you do not have a current eligible license/certification and/or job role, submit your application in Track 1.

Complete 15 hours of training.

Must live in California and work or intend to work, or volunteer under supervision, in an eligible home- or community-based setting.

Applicants will be asked to provide proof of current eligible California-issued licensing or certification**

OR

Proof of current active employment or supervised volunteering as a CHW.

Complete 15 additional hours of training and already submitted
Level 1.

Must live in California and work or intend to work in an eligible home- or community-based setting.

AND

Proof of eligibility provided in Level 1.

Already submitted
Levels 1 and 2.

Proof of working or supervised volunteering for 40 hours a month in California in an eligible job role for 4 months or more since November 1, 2023, with the most recent month in a qualifying job setting. Community Health Workers (CHW) must be in a home-based setting only.*

OR

Proof of earning new eligible license/certification (CNA earning an HHA, HHA earning an LVN, etc.)*

*Must occur during the Caring4Cal Program period, starting November 1, 2023 and be in California.
**Certificates for course work completed will not be accepted

Who Does NOT Qualify For Caring4Cal

Caring4Cal addresses the current and future demand in California for care providers in Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS).

Because of the program’s focus, the following provider types do not qualify for participation:
Ineligible Job Settings
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