Advocacy, Events

6Beds Packs a Full House! (see pix and vids)

by Ferdinand Ebio
2017 AR and RCFE ConferenceLines started forming early Friday morning, August 18, 2017, for 6Beds’ third annual ARF and RCFE Conference in Buena Park. As anticipated, we had a full house of over 300 participants before 9 AM!

More chairs were brought out to accommodate all the latecomers. The event was standing room only!

With speakers from DSS, DOL, Orange County Regional Center (OCRC) and Littler Law Firm, operators were briefed with the latest in residential care regulations and labor compliance (eg changes in civil penalties, admissions agreement, live-in caregiver requirements, etc) in addition to the strides 6Beds has made with its very first sponsored bill, AB 1437, and its various regulations advocacy work with DSS. Watch the video clips below for all the details.

George Kutnerian
6Beds Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation
Kutnerian provides update on AB 1437, various Admission Agreement regulations that 6Beds fought to keep that DSS proposed to change, and various legislations and regulations that 6Beds is currently tackling pertinent to the well being of residential care homes.

Claire Matsushita
Assistant Program Administrator, DSS
(Members Only Access) Matsushita talks about AB 2231 updates pertaining to civil penalties,
upcoming new role and regulations pertaining to temporary managers to help failing facilities and new changes to the admission agreement.
Claire Matsushita

Benita Gates
Regional Manager, El Segundo Regional Center
(Members Only Access) Gates talks about reporting requirements pertaining to the emergency notification requirement and its various new nuances. She also talked about notice of extreme heat in California.
Benita Gaes

Jack Stanton
Manager of Consumer and Community Relations, OCRC
(Members Only Access) Stanton provides an overview of new policy updates to the regional centers regarding the new 4-bed model and its relation to the recent rates increases.
Jack Stanton

Min-Park Chung
Investigator, DOL Wage and Hour Division
(Members Only Access) Chung provides valuable insights to what a labor investigator looks for during a facility visit and how to ensure that facility owners remain compliant with labor laws pertinent to care homes.
(DOL) Min-Park Chung

Attendees were able to get cross-agency answers to key questions from a panel of speakers represented by the aforementioned agencies and organizations above. Watch the panel videos below.

Q and A Panel (Part 1)
(Members Only Access) DSS, DOL, OCRC and Littler Law Firm guest speakers answer many pertinent questions from facility operators ranging from employment issues to residential care regulations.
Q and A Panel 1

Q and A Panel (Part 2)
(Members Only Access) DSS, DOL, OCRC and Littler Law Firm guest speakers answer many pertinent questions from facility operators ranging from employment issues to residential care regulations.
Q and A Panel - 2

We sincerely thank our guest speakers above and their respective organizations for their insightful contributions to our conference.

This event was also an opportunity for many to receive a promotional discount or payment plan to purchase the must-have Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities (The Guide). Though many have purchased The Guide, it remains misunderstood, undervalued and overlooked by many operators. The Guide contains all the pertinent employment agreements necessary to classify your employees as live-ins, relievers or 24-hour workersso as to legally exempt payment of sleep time and off duty hours. Watch the introductory video clip below presented by Littler attorneys to learn more.

Introduction to the Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities
by Littler Attorneys, Ashley Brick and Sarah Ross

(Click here to learn more about The Guide.)

To that effect, 6Beds is hosting a labor compliance seminar this coming November 14, 2017, in Southern California. Click here to RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

During last month’s conference, participants were also able to connect with our event sponsor vendors who offered promotional products and services. We thank the various vendors who sponsored this very successful event:

  • Alta Hospitals
  • Alzheimer’s Orange County
  • Austin Drugs
  • Clear Choice Senior Services
  • Fobi Pharmacy
  • Gerinet Hospice
  • KCK
  • Mountain View
  • Perlas Insurance
  • Ramloquoi Foundation
  • Sea Crest Hospice
  • Sierra Professional  Insurance Services
  • Sun Solar
  • Vitas Hospice

We especially thank Sierra Professional Insurance Services and Fobi Pharmacy for providing the free CEU classes.

A great many thanks and accolades go to Ines Otbo, Delia Pardo, Ron Simpson, Olivia Deanda and their countless volunteer helpers who marshaled a very well executed conference day and awards night gala the following evening.

Click to view event photos below.

Click to see 2017 ARF & RCFE Conference Pics


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Dozens of ARF and RCFE Providers Honored at Red Carpet Gala! (see pix and vids)

by Ferdinand Ebio
On August 19, 2017, 6Beds celebrated its third year anniversary with an evening of awards, honors and festivities at Long Beach Marriott in Southern California. The red-letter event highlighted both 6Beds’ advances for the residential care industry and honored eight ARF and thirty-three RCFE providers for their decades of dedicated service to the elderly, adults with developmental disabilities and the mentally ill.

2017 ARF & RCFE Awards Gala

These awards and recognitions are long overdue and well deserved. They shine a light on the important work that we do as residential care providers, as well as apprise politicians and lawmakers of our vital contributions within our communities. See photos and video clips below.

Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), principal co-author of 6Beds’ first-ever sponsored bill, AB 1437, was the evening’s guest speaker and award presenter. Fellow co-author of AB1437, Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), was not able to attend due to an unforeseen circumstance.

Until 6Beds, there was no definitive and effective representative of the economic and political interests of residential care home owners at the State Capitol. Today however, according to Senator Weiner, …it’s terrific that you (care home owners) now have a very, very effective voice and presence in Sacramento. It just makes a world of difference when there are people we as legislators can work with, pick up the phone and call or meet with and ask questions…And you have that (with 6Beds) and is incredibly valuable.

6Beds’ lobbyist, Roxanne Gould, also spoke and echoed Senator Weiner’s sentiments. Three years ago you didn’t have a voice in Legislature. Three years ago, there were a myriad of horrible bills that were going to specifically hurt this particular segment…, said Gould. She went on to say, It is really monumental that in our third year, we are introducing legislation and passing it through…We are going to get stronger, we are going to get represented…even more as we go forward, which can’t be done without all of you…

George Kutnerian, 6Beds Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Legislation, gave an update on AB1437 and emphasized the importance of 6Beds’ growing rapport and relationships with lawmakers such as Senator Weiner, Assemblymember Patterson, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and many others, without whose support and understanding of our industry we could not have authored AB1437. As you may know, you can sponsor a bill, but without an author then you don’t have a bill, said Kutnerian. He further stated that in addition to legislation reforms, 6Beds also monitors and challenges proposed regulation updates that may be harmful to our industry, such as the reduction of the long-standing 30-day resident notice to 5 days, that is in the admission agreements, under Title 22. According to Kutnerian, 6Beds argued and won to keep the 30-day notice. A significant victory for us all.

Congratulatory Letters
Below are anniversary congratulatory letters from various State legislators who support 6Beds.

Download Congratulatory Letters


2017 ARF and RCFE Awardees



~ Over 40 Years of Dedicated Service Award ~
Awards presented by Senator Scott Wiener and Attorney Roberta Mendonca with 6Beds Board of Directors, Cyndy Minnery, Ron Simpson and George Kutnerian

~ ARF DD & MI ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Shelly Harvey and Irsa Harvey (42 years)

~ RCFE ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to the frail elderly

  • Rich de Leon (43years)
    Rich de Leon

~ Over 30 Years of Dedicated Service Award ~

~ ARF DD & MI ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities and Adults with Mental Illness

  • Dellie & Archie Punla (DD,33 years / MI, 31 years)
    Dellie & Archie Punla

In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Emily & Fort Marquez
    Emily & Fort Marquez
  • Greg & Diana Hernandez
    Greg & Diana Hernandez
  • George G. Monroy (34 years)
  • Susan Ashling (39 years)

~ RCFE ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to the frail elderly

  • Shala Azadgan (30 years)
    Shala Azadgan
  • Flor Pedrosa (36 years)
    Flor Pedrosa
  • Oscar & GG Ramasar (36 years)
    Oscar & GG Ramasar
  • Bridget Fisk (37 years)
  • Elizabeth Jimenez (37 years)
    Elizabeth Jimenez
  • Concepcion Jimenez (38 years)
    Concepcion Jimenez
  • Doris Stella Gomez (39 years)
    Doris Stella Gomez

~ Over 20 Years of Dedicated Service Award ~

~ ARF DD & MI ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Christina & Ned Monica (20 years)
  • Marie Edna Garbanzoz (26 years)
    Marie Edna Garbanzoz

~ RCFE ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to the frail elderly

  • Connie Lumauig (20 years)
  • Indai Lange (20 years)
    Indai Lange
  • Lillian Sisayan (20 years)
    Lillian Sisayan
  • Olivia Deanda (20 years)
    Olivia Deanda
  • Dee Klocke (21 years)
  • Juan Reyes (21 years)
  • Mariza Oliva (21 years)
    Mariza Oliva
  • Olga & Cristro Forero (21 years)
  • Russ & Ginger Venanci (21 years)
  • Al Shelly (22 years)
  • Arlene Fajardo (22 years)
  • Sonia Patricia Garcia (22 years)
    Sonia Patricia Garcia
  • Cory Sabino (23 years)
  • Ines Otbo (23 years)
    Ines Otbo
  • Jacqueline Dupont, PhD (23 years)
    Administrator accepting for Ms. Dupont
  • Maki Sigrist (23 years)
  • Peter Schenkelberg (23 years)
  • Robin L. & P. Simpson, PhD (23 years)
    Robin L. & P. Simpson, PhD
  • Shay Williams (23 years)
    Shay Williams
  • Alexis Edwards (25 years)
    Alexis Edwards
  • Asuncion Dino (25 years)
  • Nina Serban (26 years)
    Nina Serban
  • Robert Green (26 years)
  • Purita Ferrer (28 years)
    Purita Ferrer
  • Esther Ley (28 years)
    Esther Ley
  • Norma Oreta (29 years)
    Norma Oreta

~ Special Award ~

In recognition of your selfless contribution to the residential care industry

  • Julie Azadon
    Julie Azadon
  • Delia Pardo
    Delia Pardo
  • Ferdinand Ebio
    Ferdinand Ebio

~ Generosity Award ~

In appreciation of your foundation’s generosity for supporting 6Beds, Inc. and the residential care industry

  • The Ramlaoui Family

6Beds Officers and Leaders
L-R: Olivia Deanda, Emily & Fort Marquez, Dellie Punla, Gina Wasdyke, Ines Otbo, Angie Marinda, Dorie Paniza, Cyndy Minnery, Ron Simpson, Lillie Mauricio, George Kutnerian, Ofelia Aplicador

6Beds Leaders

6Beds Leaders with Littler Law Firm Attorneys
L-R: 6Beds Leaders: Olivia Deanda, Gina Wasdyke – Littler Attorneys: Sarah Ross, Ashley Brick, Miranda Mossavar, – 6Beds Leaders: George Kutnerian, Ron Simpson, Cyndy Minnery

6Beds with Littler Law Firm Attorneys

6Beds Leaders with Vendor Sponsors

6Beds Leaders & Vendor Sponsors

Conference and Gala Volunteers & Helpers
L-R: Fort Marquez, Ed Mauricio, Emily Marquez, Ines Otbo, Martha Rodriguez, Julie Azadon, Tess Misa, Delia Pardo, Michelle Otbo, Amy Mata, Ofelia Aplicador, Lillie Mauricio, Rich de Leon, Angie Marinda, Olivia Deanda, Gina Wasdyke, Dorie Paniza, Roberta Mendonca, George Kutnerian

Events Volunteers and Helpers


Gala Photos
by Ferdinand Ebio
(click to view all gala pics)

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Red Carpet Photos
by SL Photobooth Rental
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Download Gala Program

Download 6Beds Souvenir Program 2017


Vendor Sponsors

6Beds thanks with sincere gratitude all the following vendors who sponsored the 2017 ARF & RCFE Annual Conference and Gala

  • Littler Law Firm
  • Blessed Touch Home Care, LLC
  • KCKmedical
  • Vitas Healthcare
  • Angels Hospice Corporation
  • Royal Medical & Dental Supply
  • South California Association of Senior Referral Agencies
  • Mornin Star Palliative & Hospice, Inc.
  • Granny’s Place, Inc.
  • Primerica
  • A-Med. Realty Group
  • SoCal Post-Acute Care
  • SeaCrest Home Health and Hospice
  • Mountain View Services, Inc.
  • Garinet Healthcare & Hospice Touch
  • Austin Drugs
  • The Jackson Group
  • Summa Insurance Service, Inc.
  • Sacred Heart of California
  • Alta Hospitals System, LLC
  • Sierra Professional Insurance Services
  • Medd Care
  • Freedom Solar
  • Sun Solar
  • Mountain House
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Go Fast OC CPR
  • Companion Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care
  • South Orange County Carpet Cleaning
  • Pinoy Pam’s Best
  • First Asian Care

This momentous evening was planned, organized and spearheaded by Ines Otbo, 6Beds Vice President. We are very grateful to her and the many dedicated supporters who helped to marshal this gala and the very successful annual conference held the preceding day.

Cheers and we’ll be seeing you next year!


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RESCHEDULED: Emergency Call To Action

WHAT: Don’t Lose Your Rate Increase!
WHO: Community Care Facilities (CCF) serving individuals with developmental disabilities (DD)

RE: ABX2-1 Rate Increase Survey

WHEN: September 12, 2017 (Tue)
TIME: 1 PM – 2 PM

LOCATION: Phone Conference

  • Call: 515-739-1548
  • Enter Code: 957036#

If you do not complete this survey you will lose your rate increase as of October 1, 2017.

With Assembly Bill (ABX2-1) many service providers received a rate increase through the ABX2-1 funds effective July 1, 2016.

The rate increase was for the purpose of increasing wages and/or benefits for staff.

This mandated survey that must be completed no later than Sunday, October 1, 2017 and on or before Friday, September 15, 2017 to be on time.

AGENDA:

  • Who are required to take survey?
  • Who are exempt from taking survey?
  • Where to take survey?
  • Simplest way to take survey?
  • Questions and Answers

Click here to learn more about the ABX2-1 Rate Increase Survey.

DOWNLOAD ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

To join the call-to-action conference, please RSVP:
Please note, if you have previously RSVP’ed for the September 7 conference call, you do not need to RSVP again. We have your contact information. We apologize for any inconvenience.

CLICK to RSVP

We sincerely apologize to those who were not able to join the conference call on Thursday, September 7, due to an incorrect access code. Thank you.

Vendor Connect

Biometric Fingerprint Time Clock — Do you need it?

Staying compliant with labor laws requires that you to track your employee’s working hours, break periods, meal times, etc. to the minute when computing their hourly wages.

This remains to be a challenge to most care home operators due to the tediousness and complexity of the process, in addition to ensuring strict accountability for each employee to maintain an accurate timesheet.

This process is made relatively easy and cost-effective with Citadel Cloud Time and Attendance. With this device, you can do the following:

  • Track, calculate and organize your employee’s time and attendance data in real-time
  • Create rules for lockouts, rest and meal breaks and overtime for compliance
  • Empower your employees to help manage your workforce with customizable access
  • Add security to your punches with an advanced biometric fingerprint scanner
  • Have your employees punch online or offline. Citadel sends all data to the cloud once it’s reconnected

To learn more about this time and money-saving system, go to CitadelTimeCloud.com or call (800) 518-8925 (and press 1 for sales).

6Beds members receive $150 off of the original price and free shipping!

Advocacy, Issues, Survey

Emergency Call to Action: Don’t Lose Your Rate Increase!

WHO: Community Care Facilities (CCF) serving individuals with developmental disabilities (DD)

RE: ABX2-1 Rate Increase Survey

WHEN: September 7, 2017 (Thur)
TIME: 10 AM – 11 AM

LOCATION: Phone Conference

  • Call: 515-739-1548
  • Enter Code: 2947#

If you do not complete this survey you will lose your rate increase as of October 1, 2017.

With Assembly Bill (ABX2-1) many service providers received a rate increase through the ABX2-1 funds effective July 1, 2016.

The rate increase was for the purpose of increasing wages and/or benefits for staff.

This mandated survey that must be completed no later than Sunday, October 1, 2017 and on or before Friday, September 15, 2017 to be on time.

AGENDA:

  • Who are required to take survey?
  • Who are exempt from taking survey?
  • Where to take survey?
  • Simplest way to take survey?
  • Questions and Answers

Click here to learn more about the ABX2-1 Rate Increase Survey.

To join the call-to-action conference, please RSVP:

CLICK to RSVP