Budget Amendment ID: FY2023-S4-406

EHS 406

CNA to LPN Career Ladder Program

Messrs. Tarr, Keenan and Brady, Ms. Gobi, Ms. Jehlen, Ms. Lovely and Messrs. Timilty, Moore, Hinds, Cyr, O'Connor and Pacheco moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, by inserting after item 4000-1701 the following item:-

"XXXX-XXXX. There is hereby established a Certified Nursing Assistant to Licensed Practical Nurse Career Ladder grant program to be administered by the Massachusetts Commonwealth Corporation, in consultation with the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges, Laboure College of Healthcare and the Massachusetts Nursing Council on Workforce Sustainability within the Commonwealth Medicine at University of Massachusetts School of Medicine for the purpose of establishing a career advancement pathway to enable certified nursing assistants to enroll in licensed practice nursing programs at local community colleges, technical high schools or other accredited programs; provided further, that said corporation shall establish criteria for awarding regional collaborative grants that shall fund the full cost of tuition and curriculum materials, as well as paying staff to attend classes to secure their licensed practical nursing degree and may include stipends for childcare, transportation, English as a second language classes and other necessary costs the Corporation deems necessary to ensure the success of the program; and provided further that these grants can be expended over a three-year period….   $25,000,000"