Personal Support Workers
How to become a PSW
To begin the process of setting yourself up as a PSW, please contact one of our offices to schedule an appointment.
Personal Support Workers (“PSWs”) are providers directly employed by the customer or a designated employer. This employment relationship is formalized with a job description between employer and employee. PSW rates are determined by collective bargaining between the SEIU (union) and the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC).
As members of the OHCC, Domestic Employees are entitled to free trainings which they offer. Check out our PSW Resources page.
The Oregon Home Care Commission (“OHCC”) provides support to PSWs and customer/employers by:
Defining qualifications of personal support workers PSW,
Providing a statewide registry of PSWs,
Providing training opportunities, and
Serving as the "employer of record" for collective bargaining personal support workers who receive service payments from public funds.
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As a PSW, you will need to be aware of:
Obligations as a Mandatory Abuse Reporter
Obligations you have to avoid Medicaid Fraud
Your Workman’s Compensation coverage
Your possible benefits
The OHCC provides training on these and many other important topics to assist you in performing you job. There is a mandatory PSW Orientation that you must attend within the first 90 days of your employment.