Healthcare Workforce Development Division

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Who is eligible to apply for Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act funding?
    Accredited family practice residency programs, physician assistant/family nurse practitioner programs and registered nurse programs can apply for funding.
  • Can students apply for Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act funding?
    No, funding is not available to individual students. However, students do benefit from this program if the training program they are participating in has been awarded Song-Brown funding.
  • Who determines which training programs receive funding from the Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act?
    The California Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (Commission) which is composed of 15 members who shall serve at the pleasure of their appointing authorities:
    • (a) Nine members appointed by the Governor, as follows:
      • (1) One representative of the University of California medical schools, from a nominee or nominees submitted by the University of California.
      • (2) One representative of the private medical or osteopathic schools accredited in California from individuals nominated by each of these schools.
      • (3) One representative of practicing family physicians.
      • (4) One representative who is a practicing osteopathic physician or surgeon and who is board certified in either general or family practice.
      • (5) One representative of undergraduate medical students in a family practice program or residence in family practice training.
      • (6) One representative of trainees in a primary care physician's assistant program or a practicing physician's assistant.
      • (7) One representative of trainees in a primary care nurse practitioners program or a practicing nurse practitioner.
      • (8) One representative of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, from nominees submitted by the office director.
      • (9) One representative of practicing registered nurses.
    • (b) Two consumer representatives of the public who are not elected or appointed public officials, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules.
    • (c) Two representatives of practicing registered nurses, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules.
    • (d) Two representatives of students in a registered nurse training program, one appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one appointed by the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Rules.
    • (e) The Chief of the Health Professions Development Program in the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, or the chief's designee, shall serve as executive secretary for the commission.
  • Are the Commission meetings open to the public?
    Yes, the meetings are open to the public. The meetings are held in correlation with the Request for Application filing period. Programs that apply for Song-Brown funding are given the opportunity to make presentations to the Commission regarding their program.
  • When do training programs apply for Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Act funding?
    HWCDD releases requests for applications (RFA) on an annual basis for each funding program. For more information, go to the Song-Brown web page.
  • What is the Health Workforce Pilot Project Program?
    HWPP is a program that supports the piloting of healthcare delivery concepts. It provides the opportunity for healthcare related organizations to demonstrate, test, and evaluate new or expanded roles for healthcare professionals. by providing the legal framework for the demonstration of new ideas.
  • What types of projects does the state pilot?
    The healthcare industry is invited to think about innovations in the role of the health care worker (personnel) with the changing mode of health care delivery. The pilot projects may involve expanding the scope of practice for licensed health professionals for:
    • The role of medical auxiliaries
    • The role of nursing
    • The role of dental auxiliaries
    • The role of maternal child care personnel
    • The role of pharmacy personnel
    • The role of mental health personnel
    • And other healthcare personnel (ex. chiropractic, podiatric, geriatric, therapy personnel, veterinary, and the healthcare technician.)
  • What skills are expanded or developed?
    The pilot project may involve teaching new skills to existing categories of health care personnel, developing new categories of health care personnel, accelerating the training of existing categories of health care personnel, and teaching new health care roles to previously untrained persons.

    Example: The Dental Hygiene Access to Care Project's. The goal of the pilot project was to determine whether registered dental hygienists could provide care safely and effectively in an independent practice setting. In 1997, the Dental Practice Act was amended to establish a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice as a new category of dental auxiliary.

  • What are the outcomes of the pilot projects and/or what happens next?
    The HWPP program monitors the program in progress, collects and analyzes data generated by pilot projects, and develops a report with conclusions and sometimes recommendations regarding changing the laws that affect the specific health profession to reflect the pilot project concept. A closing report is provided to the Legislature upon request.
  • Who may apply?
    Non-profit education institutions, community hospitals, clinics, and governmental agencies engaged in health or education activities may apply to HWPP program.
  • How do institutions/agencies apply to the HWPP program?
    The HWPP program will provide an application and indicate the time frame and steps involved in considering the project proposal.
  • What type of funding is available to support the project? How much is available thru HWPP program?
    The HWPP program does not have or provide funding to pilot project applicants. The applicants must seek their own funding and as part of the application demonstrate and indicate the funding required for piloting the project and the funding source.
  • Are all HWPP applications approved?
    No. The HWPP program review applications for appropriateness and completeness as required in the regulations. If the application meets the requirements as set forth in regulations, various healing arts boards and related health professions organizations will review the application. The Director will consider recommendations submitted to him by the HWPP, which include a summary of the discussions from the public review of application-public meeting or public hearing-and the recommendations submitted by the healing arts boards and related health professions organizations.

This page was last updated on Friday, January 6, 2017.