The ACHCA Mentoring Program

Our profession is a challenging way to earn a living. Many newer administrators fail and leave the profession. The overarching goal of the ACHCA Mentor program is to pair up a newer administrator with a seasoned administrator and ensure that there is a personal private resource for the newer administrator to improve their opportunities to succeed and thrive. Simultaneously, the seasoned administrators get inspired by their proteges and see our profession through fresh eyes without some of the jaundice of years in the profession fighting the good fight for optimal care in a restraining environment with decreasing resources. Both parties gain.~Michael Hotz, Mentoring Chair

Promoting Leadership through Relationships

Goals of the Mentoring Initiative

  • Provide a mechanism through which both established and emerging leaders in the field can better prepare themselves for changes in the profession
  • Provide a tool to facilitate succession planning efforts as many established administrators are nearing retirement
  • Provide a valuable benefit to ACHCA members and create a culture of continuous learning

ACHCA is uniquely positioned to lead a state of the art mentoring initiative for the profession connecting mentors and protégés across the country in this noble, professional field.  At ACHCA we recognize the value of dynamic leadership in the field of long-term health care services, and we believe it is our calling to develop and promote this skill, to enhance future leadership capacity to serve our profession.

This premier effort includes education, resources and tools to help these relationships form successful partnerships using an evidence-based approach to development and support.

ACHCA’s National Mentoring program is open to emerging leaders in long term care who are Professional ACHCA members employed in a long term care or aging services setting.


In order to participate in the mentoring program, we ask that you:

  • Mentors are a Professional or Retired member of ACHCA. To become a Professional member of ACHCA, CLICK HERE
  • Required for Mentors to be a Fellow (FACHCA) of ACHCA.  For more information about becoming a Fellow, CLICK HERE.
  • Proteges are a member of ACHCA.  Student and AIT members do not qualify for the mentoring program. 
  • Attend ACHCA’s Annual Convocation in order to meet face to face with your mentor or protege. 
  • Are currently employed within the long term care setting. 
  • Are willing to commit to a minimum of one hour per month to the successful development of your mentor/protégé relationship.


We are now accepting applications year round for the program. Individuals interested in applying to become a mentor or protégé should submit an application.

CLICK HERE to access the mentoring application
CLICK HERE to access the protege application

All questions may be directed to [email protected]