Guidance on Advanced Home Health Aide Training Program Now Available
The Department of Health (DOH) has issued several guidance documents to commence development of Advanced Home Health Aide (AHHA) training in New York. Chapter 471 of the Laws of 2016 amends the Nurse Practice Act to establish the AHHA role and allow AHHAs to perform advanced tasks with appropriate training upon assignment by and under the supervision of registered nurses. The practice of AHHAs will enable more people to live in home and community-based settings and provide support to family caregivers and their loved ones. LeadingAge NY participated in the workgroup of stakeholders charged with identifying the advanced tasks that would be carried out by this new provider type.
DOH has issued the following documents. All are also posted on the Health Commerce System (HCS).
- DAL – DHCBS Requirements to Operate an AHHA Program – Jan. 4, 2019
- AHHA Training Program – AHHA General Information and Application for Initial Approval – December 2018
- AHHA Training Program Guide – December 2018
- Handbook for Students and Certified AHHAs, December 2018
Additional guidance documents have also been posted on the DOH website here. They include the following and more:
- Detailed AHHA Training Program Curriculum
- AHHA Performance Skills Checklists, December 2018
- AHHA Student Competency Evaluation Form
Guidance regarding AHHA supervisory requirements will be available soon as well. LeadingAge NY will be reviewing the new guidance. Please let us know if you have comments or concerns we should address with DOH.
Contact: Meg Carr Everett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-867-8871