Testimony Supporting A PCA Training Bill

Bridget Siljander, President of DSPAM speaks about standardizing PCA services

In the ‘Testimony on OLA-PCA Bill,’ Bridget Siljander, President of the Direct Support Professional Association of Minnesota (DSPAM), testifies that “standardizing PCA services will bolster this essential workforce and will lower turnover rates, which are as high as 200% in the direct care and support field, which includes PCAs. Turnover is extremely expensive, so controlling it, and creating more professional buy-in for PCAs, will result in cost-savings. Furthermore, since agencies will be responsible for providing the training, requiring standardized training of PCAs will not cost the State more money, and will save money in the long-term.”