New York is one of the most expensive cities in which to work and live.[Need proof? What is the True Cost of Living in New York City?]
So how can a home health aide (HHA) training program in New York be less than $100 if dinner for two will cost about that in Brooklyn!?
Short answer: that’s the law in New York.
Any HHA training program administered by a company offering employment (usually a home health agency) needs to be licensed by the New York State Department of Health (DOH). The law states they cannot charge more than $100 for books and materials.[See also: New York HHA Requirements]
Here’s the longer answer with more helpful information.
Home health aide training programs in New York can be offered by:
- home care agencies (“employer-based”)
- community colleges
- high schools
- community centers
- private training schools
Each establishment needs to be licensed in New York by either (but not both):
- New York State Department of Health or
- New York State Education Department
Only employer-based HHA training program are licensed by the New York Department of Health – all others are licensed be the New York State Education Department and they can basically charge whatever they want to – or at least what the market will bear!
Listing of Licensed Home Health Agencies in New York
You’re not going to be left in the dark here…
Since all these agencies are licensed, the New York Department of Health has a full listing of all of them: NYS Health Profiles
As you can see, there are forty (40) HHA training programs in the Bronx! Each one of these will either be free or cost $100 at the very most.
Look at your results for the programs and see which is best for you.
So Why Would Folks Choose Any Other Training Program?
- unaware of all training options
- think training is “better” elsewhere
- scheduling conflicts
- commuting issues
- marketing of other programs
How To Choose HHA Training in New York
You have many choices when deciding the best training for you.
Just because you don’t have to pay more than $100 does not make that necessarily the best option.
Other considerations, in no particular order:
- cost and time of commuting
- day care options
- scheduling / timing
- language barriers
- employment placement
- Non employer-based HHA training may not provide job placement
- peer reviews
- reputation/website/call back time/courtesy, etc.