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Personal Care Attendant Program (PCA)

Jean and PCA Mary PCAYou can read the story of one PCA client, Jean (left), shown here with her PCA Mary, here. “I've had such an attachment,” Jean says of the people she’s spoken with from LifePath. “They call on the phone. They keep good track of you! All of them, they are just so sweet and caring, and they seem genuinely so. It doesn't seem like it's a facade; it just seems genuine. And that makes you feel so good.”
The Personal Care Attendant program fosters independence in individuals with disabilities who receive MassHealth by assisting them with performing their day-to-day activities in the home.

  • Consumers find & hire their own Personal Care Attendant and pay them with funding from MassHealth.
  • Consumers sometimes need help managing the employment of PCAs. These consumers have surrogates who can help hire, train, and supervise their PCAs. Surrogates can be family members, friends or volunteers.

PCA staff:

  • Help the individual gain approval from MassHealth for PCA service
  • Provide training to consumers to become employers of Personal Care Attendants
  • Provide ongoing support to consumer who is the employer

The PCA program can be reached at 800-732-4636, 413-773-5555, 978-544-2259, or TDD 413-772-6566, FREE, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mass PCA directory can be found here.

The directory is sponsored by the PCA Workforce Council and it offers a comprehensive and current list of people in Massachusetts who are ready to provide personal care and consumers who are hiring PCAs.

Access to this directory is free for PCA consumers. You can use it to search the website for qualified PCAs by zip code and screen potential PCAs for criteria of importance to you.

Current and potential PCAs can apply for jobs on this site at no charge. Those looking for work as a PCA can also call 1-888-627-7722 (1-888-MASSPCA) to be listed on the site. Visit the Mass PCA directory to get started.

PCA Paid Sick Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Effective Friday, May 28, 2021, and until April 1, 2022 or the exhaustion of $75M in program funds as determined by the Commonwealth, whichever is earlier, employers must offer Massachusetts employees leave time as follows: COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program

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