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The Board of Certification of CHWs Working to Find Solutions

Restructuring of Applications from Effect of Suitability for Certification

As the Board of Certification of CHWs continues to work on drafting both the individual CHW and training program applications, the last month deserves special attention. Specifically, the draft policy which includes the language ‘Suitability for Certification’ will be used to satisfy the term “good moral character” and was approved after an at length discussion outlining criteria for mitigation and convictions.   As a result, significant reorganization of online and paper applications are necessary. CHW input will be key as we finalize and field test applications and discuss the effectiveness of the new design.

In addition, the status of the regulations will be discussed at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, which is the last department to sign off on the draft changes submitted last January. They will then be released for public hearings. The 35-day public comment period will consist of listening sessions to be held in Springfield, Worcester, and Boston. These meetings will be scheduled in advance and notices will be provided via the DPH website, MACHW announcements, and other local/statewide newspapers, etc.

Until the final regulations have been promulgated, none of the Board decisions to date can be considered final. CHWs – we need you!!! It is critical that CHWs be informed and prepared to participate in continuing to shape the certification process. To learn more or if you and/or your group of CHWs are interested in test-fielding the individual CHW application, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (508) 556-1345.

The next Board of Certification of CHWs meeting is going to take place on, Tuesday, December 13, from 9:30am - 1:00pm at the Division of Health Professions Licensure, 239 Causeway St, Boston (near North Station T stop) in Conference Rooms 417 A&B. The agenda will be posted one week prior to the meeting on the Board’s website. The Board meetings are open to the public. MACHW members are welcome to attend.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!