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Arizona allocates $6.5M for health care professional training

May 10, 2022, 4:35 AM

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)...

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday $6.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding toward the investment to train 1,500 caregivers and nursing professionals working in long-term care facilities.

The funding will go to recruiting, training and assigning certified nursing assistants and caregivers in nursing facilities and living centers in Arizona, officials announced in a press release.

The Arizona Health Care Association will work to establish onsite CNA and caregiver training with all training programs aligning with the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

Ducey said he’s confident the “funding will continue to ensure Arizona is the best place for nurses.”

“The Arizona Health Care Association is pleased to usher in this important statewide workforce development grant to support long term care facilities in their effort to recruit, train and retain essential staff,” David Voepel, executive director of the AHCA, said in the release.

“Staffing is critical in ensuring quality outcomes for the vulnerable population we serve. This additional funding will go a long way in meeting that challenge,” Voepel said.

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Arizona allocates $6.5M for health care professional training