Vaccines & your personal support workers

This message is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and family members or guardians who employ personal support workers (PSWs).

If you have PSWs supporting you at home, you can:

  • Choose your providers
  • Share your preferences with your providers
  • Ask if your providers are vaccinated
  • Ask for proof that your providers are vaccinated

It is okay to ask your provider if they are vaccinated, but your provider could choose not to answer.

Talking about vaccination status can be hard. Ask for support from a trusted friend, family member, or your case manager. If recruiting a new provider, it’s important to share your preferences and any qualifications, including around vaccinations.

If you have any questions, reach out to your Personal Agent (case manager) and they can support you. You can also check out resources from BOLI, including tips for employers.


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PSW Training Guide & Information

Attention PSWs


As you may be aware, starting Sept 1, 2021, PSWs will be required to complete specific trainings to be credentialed as a provider and to maintain credentials.


This rule is a result of Senate Bill 1534, which sets training standards for all DD PSWs.


Here is what you need to know:




Starting September 1, 2021, all new providers MUST:

  • complete the 4-hour PSW/HCW Orientation before they can

receive their SPD provider ID number and be credentialed as a DD PSW provider for the first time.


  • complete two 4-hour PSW Core Basics trainings (total of 8 hours) within 120 days after completing their PSW Orientation,


  • complete a total of 12 hours of PSW Continuing Education trainings every 2 years from the completion of their PSW Orientation, to continue to be credentialed





As of March 1, 2022, all incumbent PSW providers (existing/currently

credentialed and working as a DD PSW prior to 9/1/2021) MUST:


  • complete 8 hours of PSW Core Basics Refresher training by March 1, 2022, to remain credentialed as a PSW provider,


  • complete a total of 12 hours of PSW Continuing Education trainings every 2 years from the completion of their PSW Core Basics Refresher, to continue to be credentialed and work as a PSW provider ongoing


For more information, refer to the attached guide or visit the Carewell website at



Helpful Links:





How to View PSW Trng Info – CMEs

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PSW Training Requirement – with perks!

On September 1, 2021, a new Oregon law will require all homecare and personal support workers and personal care attendants to complete 12.5 hours of training by March 31, 2022. Carewell SEIU 503 Training is now piloting this training, so you can get a jump-start on your training requirement. Training for current workers takes place in two parts: an Online Refresher and a virtual Refresher Workshop.

Complete Refresher Training to receive a $200 stipend, and for a limited time, be entered to win weekly and monthly prizes up to $1,000!

There’s never been a better time to get trained! Not only does training help you be the best care provider you can be, you will also receive a $200 stipend for completing Refresher Training. Plus, for a limited time, Carewell is holding one monthly drawing for $1,000, and five weekly drawings for $300 each — $1,500 per week — for eligible workers who complete their Refresher Training.

New training requirements can be confusing, but Carewell is here to help make it simple! We want to help every single care provider take advantage of our free online, self-paced training in order to meet their training requirement. This really is the best time to start your training, so register today!


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PSW overpayment notice

This effects many PSWs but not all. PPL has contacted each PSW effected by the overpayment via email. Please check your email and spam/junk folder. If you have any questions regarding this error, please contact PPL. The contact information is listed below.


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Impact Oregon

Impact Oregon is a new website to connect job seekers with careers in the developmental disabilities field.

Check out the video below:


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