As of April 1, 2022, the Licensed Health Aide (LHA) home and community based service is now available. LHA allows qualifying individuals to provide nursing-related services to their family members who:
- Are eligible for the Arizona Long Term Care System;
- Are under age 21;
- Are enrolled in the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) or Elderly and Physical Disabilities (EPD) program;
- Have been assessed to receive private duty nursing or skilled nursing respite care services as part of their plan of care (person-centered service plan).
Individuals interested in providing the LHA service must:
- Be a parent, guardian, or family member of the individual receiving the service;
- Complete required training using curriculum approved by the Arizona Board of Nursing prior to providing services.
- Be licensed by the Arizona Board of Nursing;
- Be employed by a certified Home Health Agency;
Individuals who meet all of the above criteria and who are verified by the Department of Economic Security (DES) to be eligible to participate, can seek employment from a Certified Medicare Home Health Agency that has a qualified vendor agreement to provide the LHA service with the Division.
- The individual licensed as an LHA may only provide the above services to their eligible family member in line with their plan of care.
- Private duty nursing, skilled nursing respite, and LHA services cannot be provided during the same hours.
- LHA hours are included as part of the individual’s overall nursing hours assessment.
Frequently Asked Questions
AHCCCS Medical Policy Manual (AMPM) 310-I - Home Health Services
AMPM 1240-G - Private Duty Nursing Services And Licensed Health Aide Services
Arizona Board of Nursing
AHCCCS - Licensed Health Aides
Laws 2021, First Regular Session, Chapter 86
For family and members who have questions please contact your Support Coordinator or District Nurse.