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Join 6Beds’ 1st Annual Walk-a-Thon for Seniors – January 25, 2015 – Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek

walkathon

Come and join the fun—the camaraderie—and support our cause: advocating for safe and affordable residential care for our elderly and mentally disabled adults!

Members and non-members alike, join our walk-a-thon at Walnut Creek’s newest and coolest Heather Farms Park on Sunday, January 25, 2015, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Meet-and-greet your fellow operators and connect with our community members and leaders. Bring the family—there’s something for everyone at the park!

Part of the proceeds will provide food for the low income seniors this coming Valentine’s Day.

WHEN
Sunday, January 25, 2015 FROM 9 AM – 2 PM

WHERE
Heather Farms Park
301 N. San Carlos Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Please register and support our cause!

Once you have completed the payment process through PayPal, please click on the button that says, “Return to 6Beds, Inc.”  You will then be returned to our site where we will ask for your additional information.

btn_subscribe_SM$65 Non-member

btn_subscribe_SM$50 Member

For more information, please contact Janet Baena Valencia at (925) 475-9941.

Photos of Heather Farms Park

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Wage & Hour Division and 6Beds to Work Together to Establish a Compliance Model Revolving Around the Live-In Caregiver Model for 2015

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6Beds leaders, Gina Wasdyke, Joy Dela Torre, Janet Valencia, Ron Simpson, George Kutnerian, and Maria Garfinkle, along with prominent labor attorney, Michael Lotito of Littler Mendelson, and lobbyist, Robert Naylor, met with the U.S. Wage and Hour Division’s District Director Susana Blanco and Assistant District Director Michael Eastwood at the Division’s San Francisco district office to explore solutions to the labor issues crippling the small home residential care industry.

Labor auditors over the last few years have shown a high rate of non-compliance among small home residential care facilities according to Eastwood and Blanco.  6Beds pointed out that part of the problem has been auditors’ lack of understanding of the nuances of the live-in caregiver model, which is the foundation of the small home residential care industry and is supported by 29 CFR 785.23 (Homeworker Exception) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

That being said, District Director Blanco expressed that the Wage & Hour Division is willing to work with 6Beds to establish a fair and equitable compliance model that revolves around the live-in caregiver model while adhering to applicable labor laws.  To that end, the compliance model will consist of a reasonable agreement  between staff and operator based on the live-in model and will include necessary supporting documentation (i.e. time-sheets, etc.).  The compliance model will address both actual hours worked and employee living accommodations in the context of the live-in caregiver model within a small home.  For the time being, however, both Blanco and Eastwood stated that they will continue with enforcement plans that are already in place.  We will, however, have a momentary reprieve with the holiday season upon us.

Both Blanco and Eastwood recognize that residential care homes play a vital role in serving the frail elderly and developmentally disabled adults. They were both very receptive to the idea that the development of a compliance model could help address current labor issues, especially if adopted across the entire small home residential care industry.

To expedite this process of compliance, both parties agreed to a follow up dialogue on January, 15, 2015, at which time 6Beds will present an initial draft of the compliance model written by Littler’s Tammy McCutchen, former U.S. Wage & Hour Administrator.  6Beds will also do the same with California’s DIR (Labor) to ensure that the new compliance model meets both federal and state labor regulations.

The Wage & Hour Division indicated that once a pattern of compliance is established in our industry, the random audits should slow down.

While it’s clear and evident that our voices are being heard, and a solution (compliance model) is in the works, compliance needs to be statewide in order for audits to subside.  With that said, we urge every small home residential care provider (2 beds to 99 beds) to join 6Beds and help the industry in its journey to a labor compliance model that will preserve the live-in caregiver model and the economic viability of small home residential care providers—that serve the frail elderly and developmentally disabled adults.

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6Beds leaders to meet with DDS, Director Santi Rogers, on December 18, 2014

6Beds leaders and California’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Director Santi Rogers, are set to meet on December 18, 2014.

DDS is the agency through which the State of California provides services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities.

The purpose of our meeting is to acquaint Director Rogers with 6Beds’ mission and its advocacy efforts to maintain the economic viability of the six-bed community care facilities (CCF) — whose primary function is to provide a home-like and least restrictive environment to Californians with developmental disabilities.

This initial meeting will christen 6Beds’ role as an active stakeholder within the DDS’ relevant task forces or committees — mirroring its stakeholder role with the Department of Social Services (DSS).
Stay tuned.
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6Beds leaders met on December 2, 2014, with California’s DSS to begin the much anticipated discussions about the changing landscape of RCFE

6Beds leaders, along with CALA and other key stakeholder groups, met on December 2, 2014 with California’s Department of Social Services (DSS) to begin much anticipated discussions about the changing landscape of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE).

Two major issues were discussed:

1. Higher Acuity in RCFE
6Beds proposed that RCFEs should maintain their non-medical facility status and that the focus should be placed on bringing medical care by licensed medical professionals into the RCFE setting. This would allow the elderly to age in place within a homelike setting, rather than face institutionalization when their level of acuity changes. This proposition will continue to be refined over the course of 6Beds’ ongoing and frequent dialogue with DSS and other stakeholder groups.

2. Availability of Affordable Care for Low-Income Residents
6Beds noted that 6-bed RCFEs have traditionally served as the affordable option for low-income seniors, including SSI/SSP recipients. 6Beds leaders also pointed out that in anticipation of the future wave of baby boomers, 6-bed RCFEs would be prepared to continue to meet the need for affordable care, but emphasized that their ability to do so is tied directly to the preservation of the live-in caregiver model.

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Alameda County RCFE providers, learn about the new RCFE Chaptered Legislation – Dec 12, 2015

Fellow providers in Alameda County,

You are invited to an informational forum regarding new RCFE Chaptered Legislation which will take effect on January 1, 2015 and July 1, 2015.  Two sessions will be held on December 12, 2014, from 10 AM to 11 AM and from 2 PM to 3 PM at:

1515 Clay Street
Oakland

Please RSVP to Victor Bulatao at Victor.Bulatao@DSS.ca.gov.

Space is limited to 100 people. So please contact them soon if you wish to attend.

 

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Sacramento County RCFE providers, learn about the new RCFE Chaptered Legislation – Dec 18 & 19, 2014

Fellow providers in Sacramento County,

You are invited to an informational forum regarding the new RCFE Chaptered Legislation which will take effect on January 1, 2015 and July 1, 2015.

The meeting will be held on December 18, 2014 and December 19, 2014, from 10 AM to 12 PM and 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM (for both days). The sessions will be held at the following location:

2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 270
Sacramento CA 95833.

A large turnout is anticipated, so please send no more than one representative from each facility operated by you.  Please understand that you may be asked to select an alternative time slot if the session you selected is already filled.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Karen Hodgkins at Karen.hodgkins@dss.ca.gov, with the name of your facility and the name of your representative and requested session time, no later than December 5, 2014.

Space is limited so contact them soon!

 

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Orange County RCFE providers, learn about the new RCFE Chaptered Legislation – Dec 10, 2014

Fellow providers in Orange County,

To learn more about the new RCFE Chaptered Legislation, you are welcome to attend one of the four informational sessions (9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM) on December 10, 2014, offered at:

770 The City Drive, Suite 7100
Orange, CA 92868

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Twee Hue at (714) 703-2858. Seating is limited to one person from each operating company, so please contact them soon!

 

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Los Angeles County RCFE providers, learn about the new RCFE Chaptered Legislation – Dec 12, 2014

Fellow providers in Los Angeles County,

You are invited to an informational forum regarding new RCFE Chaptered Legislation.  The meeting will be held on December 12, 2014 from 1PM-2:30PM at:

San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
75 Rancho Camino Drive
Pomona, CA 91766

It is hosted by Tina Vasquez-Garcia, Regional Manager of Greater Los Angeles Adult and Senior Care Office.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to  Monique Escobedo at monique.escobedo@dss.ca.gov and provide the following information by December 9, 2014:

  • Your Name
  • Facility Name/Number
  • Number of Attendees (PLEASE LIMIT TO 2)

Space is limited so contact them soon!

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Who we are and our meteoric ascent…

Fellow care home provider,

We are 6Beds, Inc., comprised of dedicated care home providers such as you, who are deeply concerned that the current California legislation and labor laws may eventually lessen our capacity to provide the best care for our residents and ultimately erode the viability of our small business.

The recent 2014 RCFE Reform Act—authored to revamp our industry’s directives—along with current federal and California labor laws, have already forced over 500 homes to close since early this year. Today, with over 11,000 six-bed care homes throughout California, our industry provides care to over 37,000 elderly and over 26,000 developmentally disabled adults.

With our industry forecasted to grow exponentially over the next two decades, you can expect more proposed regulatory legislation that may infringe on how we conduct our business. According to Ken Smith, a director at the Stanford Center of Longevity, by the year 2032, Americans over age sixty-five will outnumber those under age fifteen—making up a huge chunk of the marketplace.

To that end, many of your fellow care home providers banded together and formed 6Beds, Inc. on July 1st of this year. As a nonprofit, mutually benefit advocacy group registered with the State of California, we promote safe and affordable quality care for California seniors and disabled adults in a home-like environment. We advocate and educate on behalf of California’s vulnerable residents by uniting senior and adult care facilities throughout the state.

Since our inception we have trail blazed a path for our industry never before seen in California’s history. Today—in a very short time—our lawmakers and politicians are listening to us. More than that, we are impacting key legislation in our industry. As the only recognized stakeholder representing RCFE and ARF residential care homes by the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Labor (DOL), our influence—your influence—has never been more impactful in California’s legislative body than it is today.

With that in mind, we must work collectively to refine the 2014 RCFE Reform Act that has just passed, specifically to recall

  1. the Death Refund Bill,
  2. the requirement to maintain a one-to-three million commercial liability policy and
  3. the significantly higher civil penalties that is unproportional to six bed facilities relative to the larger assisted living facilities.

Furthermore, we have engaged California’s labor department in a dialogue, and we strive to do the same with the federal labor department to

  1. halt the labor auditor’s aggressive labor compliance investigations, and
  2. curtail their application of exorbitant monetary penalties, until the confusion surrounding these issues is resolved.

Our aim is to draft legislation that supports the live-in model in order to preserve the continuity of care within the residential care facilities.

That being said, we need your help.

We urge you to join our fast-growing group—actually, your group—of over 1,000 licensed care homes, statewide (whether as a member and/or as an active participant in our rallies, events, discussions, etc.) as we march forward into the future to insure that the level of care we provide will always be available to our elders and adults with developmental disabilities.

Only by coming together, can our voices be heard and our rights preserved. Our cause must be constantly represented and at the top of our lawmakers’ minds as they promulgate new laws—shaping the landscape of our industry to come. It is imperative that we set all our differences and indifferences aside, for we are all on the same side. We all want what is best for our industry and for those whom we serve.

Your membership and participation through 6Beds will insure that our ability to provide the best care for our residents will remain protected amidst unpredictable economic climate and unforeseeable social changes. 6Beds is our immutable voice—your voice—in California’s ever-changing and equally diverse political sphere.

With each new member our collective voice grows louder and our legislative impact, stronger.

6Beds, Inc. Milestones

Through 6Beds, our reputation and public perception changed overnight from mostly timid immigrants—who barely spoke English—to intelligent, educated and articulate small care home owners. Our governor, state legislators, Department of Social Services (DSS) and Department of Labor (DOL) are listening to us and finally taking us seriously as a stakeholder in our industry. With the help of your dedicated, fellow care home providers, here is how we did it:

  • On July 1, 2014, 6Beds, Inc. was registered as a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation, with the State of California.
  • On August 1, 2014, with 6Beds’ board of directors and team leaders in place, we
    • hired 3 political lobbyists registered with the Secretary of State. They are:
      1. Atty. Robert Naylor, a Stanford and Yale graduate and a former assembly member of San Mateo,
      2. Roxanne Gould, a seasoned lobbyist, and
      3. Tricia Hunter, a registered nurse and currently the executive director of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and also a former CA assembly member;
    • hired Beth Miller Group, a well-respected public relations team in Sacramento;
    • hired an accountant and an in-house lawyer that specializes in non-profit organizations.
  • On August 5, 2014, 6Beds—backed by over 500 statewide care providers—lobbied for the first time at the California State Capitol. As a result, many amendments were added to the seventeen bills comprising the 2014 RCFE Reform Act. (Read all about it here: http://6beds.org/rcfe-reform-act-of-2014/)
  • On September 23, 2014, 6Beds directors and leaders had its first strategic planning meeting with California Regional Manager of Labor, Benny Cheng, to discuss labor issues within our industry. From this point forward, the California’s Department of Labor (DOL) recognized 6Beds, Inc. as the only stakeholder representing Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) and Adult Residential Facility (ARF) residential care homes.
  • On October 1, 2014, the San Francisco-based, Philippine Consulate, invited and met with 6Beds leaders to discuss California’s labor laws and its negative impact on the six-bed residential care homes.
  • On October 21, 2014—represented by 25 key leaders statewide—6Beds leaders met with DSS Deputy Chief Pam Dickfoss, and RCFE and ARF Administrator, Mary Jolls. From this point forward, California’s Department of Social Services (DSS) recognized 6Beds, Inc. as the only stakeholder representing RCFE and ARF residential care homes.
  • On October 29, 2014, with less than one week of planning, 6Beds sponsored a labor rally: Let’s Talk Labor at the State Capitol. Over 300 statewide care providers attended to show their support. Along with them, various caregivers also attended to show their support. For the very first time, care providers came forward to share their labor-related experiences.
  • On November 14, 2014, 6Beds leaders met with DSS statewide regional managers, to initiate partnership and collaboration on many projects to improve the residential care system.
  • On November 19, 2014, 6Beds hired Littler Law Firm (one of our nation’s top labor and employment law firms) to help guide and navigate our course of action when dealing with California’s Labor Department to address labor laws that cripple our industry.

As we gain momentum, our tireless efforts continue…

  • Along with Littler Law Firm, 6Beds leaders will start negotiations with California’s Department of Labor.
  • Upcoming meeting with DDS’s Santi Rogers will start the dialogue on issues surrounding DD.
  • Dialogue with Federal Department of Labor is confirmed to start second week of December.

Learn More

  • To learn more about the RCFE Reform Act of 2014 and how 6Beds helped to amend its seventeen bills, click here.
  • To learn more about our ongoing advocacy work, click here.
  • To stay in touch with our advocacy work, follow our blog (click here).

Wishing you continued success,

Your colleagues at 6Beds

Gina Wasdyke, MBA
Founder and Director, RCFE & ARF Provider
Jocelyn Dela Torre, RN
Co-Founder and Director, RCFE Provider
Janet Baena Valencia, RN
Northern California President and Director, RCFE Provider
Ron Simpson, PhD, MBA
Sourthern California President and Director, RCFE Provider

Events

Learn about the new laws affecting RCFE – Dec 12, 2014 & Dec 15, 2014

Fellow providers,

You are invited to attend an informational forum discussing new laws affecting Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly which will become effective on January 1, 2015.

It is hosted by Wes Beechman, Regional Manager of Northern California Adult & Senior Care Program, Community Care Licensing Division.

These sessions will be held on December 12, 2014 and December 15, 2014, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm each day at the:

State Government Building
50 D Street
Santa Rosa, CA  95404.

All presentations will cover the same material.

If you are interested, please send a reply to victoria.willis@dss.ca.gov with the session you would like to attend, the name of your facility, and the name of your representative no later than December 5, 2014.

Space is limited so contact them soon!