New laws in California (AB663) require training on cultural competency and sensitivity in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues for persons becoming certified as RCFE or ARF Administrators. This training is now required as part of the administrator certification course.
We have received many calls and inquiries about whether this requirement must be completed as part of administrator continuing education or provided for direct care staff. The new law only mandates the training as part of the initial administrator certification process, so it does not necessarily have to be included in ongoing training. However, it is important to recognize that the LGBT population has been traditionally underserved in assisted living and residential and additional training for all members of your team would be beneficial to enhancing the quality of services delivered to your residents.