On behalf of 6Beds, Inc., we express the horror and repulsion we feel reading about the charges against six Bay Area child care and residential facilities. Our hearts go out to all individuals, and their families, affected by this tragic, inhuman crime.
6Beds is a volunteer organization that represents small licensed homes serving adults in ARF (Adult Residential Facilities) and elderly in RCFEs (Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly) throughout California. We serve the frail elderly and individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness in a home like setting and operate in residential communities throughout California. These homes are run by individuals devoted to improving the quality of life for all their residents, with caregivers who love, bond with and respect these residents. We respect and value our caregivers who help us care for our residents. The residential care facilities belonging to the family accused are not current 6Beds member.
For the past four years, 6beds collaborated with the Department of Labor (DOL) and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) and jointly presented over a dozen of Labor Compliance Workshops all over California and over 3,000 operators attended. The most recent labor presentation was on August 24, 2018 in Daly City. We are hosting two more Labor Workshops before the year ends – October 8 in San Jose (Norcal) and October 22 in Brea (Socal).
6Beds also partnered with Littler Mendelson P.C., the largest U.S.-based labor law firm and created the Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities. We always look to improve compliance and willing to educate and inform our members and other residential care operators. We are hoping that our regulatory agencies such as the Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the 21 Regional Centers will encourage their operators to attend these Labor Workshops.
On behalf of 6Beds, Inc., we express the shock we feel that such abhorrent events could happen in a licensed residential facility. It is in no way represent who we are, and what we stand for.
Dorie Paniza, 6Beds Norcal President
Ron Simpson, PhD, 6Beds Socal President