State of Minnesota Funds HealthCare Interactive CARES® Dementia Training to Nursing Homes State-Wide

Innovative Grant Program to be Implemented for Up to 30 Facilities to Improve Quality of Care

MINNEAPOLIS, April 22, 2021 (BUSINESSWIRE) — The State of Minnesota seeks grant applications from qualified nursing homes interested in training, certifying, and credentialing staff members in quality dementia-care online training.  HealthCare Interactive, located in St. Louis Park, MN, has been selected to provide its CARES online training programs for this initiative.  This grant program is funded through the state’s Civil Monetary Penalties (CMP) program and has a value of $6,543 in training services to each facility.

This training package includes CARES Dementia Basics and CARES Dementia-Related Behavior training for all facility staff during a one-year period, the CARES Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) credentialing program for up to 5 staff members per facility to go through the entire 40-hour CARES curriculum, and optional monthly webinars for administrators and educators to provide strategies to improve care for residents, facility-wide.

To view information about this grant, complete an application form, view an informational webinar, or ask any technical assistance questions, visit  Small, rural, and independent nursing homes are encouraged to apply.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS August 1st, 2021.  All applications must be emailed and received by midnight on this date to be considered.


Founded in 1997, HealthCare Interactive® is an edtech company headquartered in the Twin Cities and dedicated to providing the highest quality caregiver training for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other brain disorders.  The company’s CARES® online, video-based dementia care training, certification, and credentialing are widely published in academic literature and the only online dementia care training to be formally recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  To learn more about these award-winning educational programs tailored to professional caregivers, organizations, and families, visit

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