Yes, Caring4Cal is open to individuals who have no previous care provider experience and are interested in becoming eligible providers in home- or community-based settings. The program offers these individuals the chance to take training courses, receive free career coaching, and apply for incentives. Caring4Cal is a valuable opportunity for newcomers looking to start a career in healthcare and aims to expand the pool of qualified Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) healthcare providers in California.

To qualify for full incentives within the Caring4Cal program, individuals who are new to the field may need to demonstrate their commitment by completing a licensure/certification exam. This requirement is designed to encourage individuals to take the necessary steps to gain the qualifications required for their intended roles. The program recognizes that there is a need to recruit and train new healthcare providers to meet the demands of the healthcare workforce, especially in home- and community-based services.

Caring4Cal’s commitment to expanding equitable access to healthcare aligns with the California Department of Health Care Access and Information’s (HCAI) mission. By providing support and resources to those without prior care provider experience, Caring4Cal contributes to the growth and development of the HCBS workforce, ultimately enhancing healthcare access for various underserved populations, including rural communities, individuals with complex medical conditions, those with disabilities, and aging adults under the Medi-Cal program. It is a welcoming opportunity for newcomers to embark on a rewarding career in the home healthcare sector.