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Workers’ Compensation Action Network Sponsors Town Hall and Summit

Workers' Compensation Action NetworkMark your calendars for Workers Town Hall Meeting featuring San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe and special guests State Senator Jerry Hill, Chair, Labor, Public Employment and Retirement and Teena Barton, Senior Fraud Investigator, ICW Group.  This FREE event will be held on July 26 at Angelicas, 863 Main Street in Redwood City from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. For additional information about the Worker’s Compensation Action Network, please contact Maryann Marino, at (949) 375-0856 or by email at contactus@fixworkerscompnow.org.

WCAN is a broad-based, statewide coalition that has successfully fought for reforms to provide state and local officials more tools to combat workers’ compensation fraud to help meet the dual goals of stable costs for employers and higher benefits for injured workers. In recent years, state lawmakers enacted several pieces of legislation designed to improve system efficiency, reduce conflict and litigation, and stem abuses by service providers. These reforms are delivering higher benefits to California workers while stabilizing employer costs. Despite these reforms, California’s system remains one of the most costly and litigious in the nation and vulnerable to evolving forms of fraud and abuse.

Complimentary lunch will be provided. 

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Legislation To Watch: SB 512 Long-term Services and Supports

6Beds is supporting a number of important pieces of legislation up for consideration this session that could have a positive impact on residential care facilities and those we serve. One such bill is SB 512, introduced by Dr. Richard Pan, which would create two entities to provide oversight of a proposed trust fund to finance services for some in need of care.

SB 512

Sacramento CapitolSB 512 would establish the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Board (LTSS Board), as well as a Long-Term Services and Supports Advisory Committee. The purpose of the LTSS Board would be to manage and invest revenue deposited in the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Trust Fund (LTSS Trust), which the bill would create to, upon appropriation, finance long-term services and supports for eligible individuals. The LTSS Advisory Committee would provide ongoing advice and recommendations to the LTSS Board.

6Beds is supporting this legislation because California currently has almost 8 million persons who are either older adults or persons with mobility, sensory, intellectual/ developmental, and/or mental health disabilities. This population will grow significantly over the next decade. Long Term Supportive Services (LTSS) are not covered adequately by Medicare, and most Californians cannot afford to purchase private long-term care insurance. Paying out-of-pocket for LTSS is cost prohibitive for many and creates a significant financial and social burden for California families. The creation of a LTSS Board is a positive step in efforts attempting to address this area among many others.

The LTSS Board would consist of 9 specified members including the Treasurer as chair, the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency as vice chair, and three members to be appointed by the Governor. We believe it would be important to include “service providers” to the Long-Term Services and Supports Advisory Committee since they are literally on the front line when it comes to providing housing and care for this vulnerable population and would add significant value and insight.

Make Your Voice Heard!

During the 6Beds conference August 30-31 in Southern California, we’ll be providing updates and ways you can help advocate for 6Beds and make your voice heard.  The only way for us to achieve our collective advocacy goals is for us to make our voices be heard individually on an ongoing basis. Successful advocacy efforts are rarely, if ever, one-time events. They are built on shaping public policy through consistent messaging and relationship building over time.  Don’t delay register to attend 6Beds 2019 ARF & RCFE Annual Conference.

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Mark Your Calendars: 2019 ARF & RCFE Annual Conference & Gala

The 2019 ARF & RCFE Annual Conference & Gala Awards Banquet will be August 30-31 in Southern California.  Admission is FREE to attend the day-long conference and Gala Award are $70/per person.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019 | 7:30 AM – 5 PM
FREE ADMISSION

Brea Community Center
695 East Madison Way
Brea, CA

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2019 | 5:30 – 12 AM
GALA BANQUET TICKET $70/PERSON

Sheraton Cerritos
12725 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703

>> REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

 

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Housing Crisis in California Update

“I want to give you a prediction here. There will be a major infectious disease epidemic this summer in Los Angeles.” That was the prediction of Dr. Drew Pinsky recently as he spoke of the city’s homeless situation and sanitation crisis. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life, Pinsky said. I feel like I’m on a train track waving at the train and the train is going off the bridge. The bridge is out.”

While this dire prediction may not come to pass, the homeless situation in California is certainly a point of significant concern for those who monitor it and the strain homelessness puts on California’s public resources. Due to an increasing number of homeless people in California — some estimate nearly a quarter of the nation’s homeless population lives in the state, many with mental illness — there is a growing need for safe and affordable housing to keep them off the streets, and out of hospitals and jails which can be very costly to the State, cities and counties, and the health care systems in our communities.

Proposed Legislation

Sacramento CapitolTo help combat the problem, California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a $1.75 billion package to ease the cost of housing. The proposal sets higher short-term goals for housing that cities and counties must meet, and provides $750 million in support and incentives to help jurisdictions plan and zone for the housing targets. The proposal would also update and modernize the state’s long-term housing goals, known as Regional Housing Needs Allocations (RHNA), to better reflect regional housing and transportation needs.

The proposal includes $1 billion in tax credits and loans to spur low, mixed and middle-income housing production through separate legislative and budget proposals. Even if all of the proposal is adopted however, it would be years before California could build the 3.5 million additional homes a 2016 study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimated California needs by 2025 — as much as the other 49 states combined. The New York Times editorial board has even weighed in on the issues, coming out in support of California Senate Bill 50, which would force local governments to allow higher-density development in areas close to transit and jobs. While the bill has received both praise and criticism, everyone seems to agree California is facing a housing crisis as the median home price in the San Francisco Bay Area is $830,000 and in Los Angeles County at just under $600,000.

Make a Difference by Partnering with 6Beds

While all of these proposals are promising, California is currently only on pace to add about one million housing units by 2025. So while state lawmakers debate over the best way to address California’s housing crisis, property owners, service providers, administrators and caregivers can make a difference today by partnering with 6 Beds Foundation to help end this growing crisis of homelessness. In keeping with the 6Bed’s Foundation mission to help California’s most vulnerable populations, your generous donation will help ease the strain in both Northern and Southern California by providing housing stipends in 6Bed facilities as well as fund the distribution of blankets and supplies on December 21, the first day of winter.

6Beds Foundation

https://6bedsfoundation.org/

https://6bedsfoundation.org/donate/

Advocacy Day 2019
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Advocate for 6Beds: Make Your Voice Be Heard

Our 6 Beds 2019 Annual Advocacy Day and trip to the California State Capitol may be over, but your advocacy must continue throughout the year if it is to be effective. The only way for us to achieve our collective advocacy goals is for us to make our voices be heard individually on an ongoing basis. Successful advocacy efforts are rarely, if ever, one-time events. They are built on shaping public policy through consistent messaging and relationship building over time.

Advocacy Day 2019

What should you advocate for?

Each time you have the opportunity to meet with, or interact with, a leader or influencer, there are three important messages to relay:

  • 6 Beds and its members support safe and affordable, quality residential care.
  • 6 Beds and its members’ facilities play a critical role in our state’s healthcare structure.
  • 6 Beds and its members support commonsense legislation that protects seniors and allows facilities to continue providing the level of safe and affordable care our customers expect.

Who should you be advocating to?

Advocacy is simply equipping those in positions of influence with the information they need to affect good public policy. Your target audiences should include:

  • State legislators – who can enact legislation that positively supports our work or negatively impacts the work we do.
  • Local elected officials – who can pass local regulations and ordinances that affect our facilities and those we serve. (Don’t forget, many local elected officials later run for the state assembly or senate.)
  • Key opinion leaders – These are the influencers in your communities whose voice has the ability to shape the opinions of others.
  • Public – Don’t forget the public helps shape policy too through their votes and support or opposition to candidates and policies.

Advocacy Day 2019

Our thanks go out to the legislators and agency staff who made our 2019 Advocacy Day such a learning opportunity for all involved. However, if our advocacy efforts are going to result in good public policy that supports our facilities and our clients, we must all work together to deliver these consistent messages to those in positions of influence. Let’s make our voices be heard!

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6Beds Preferred Vendors

Thank you to our preferred vendors for their support of the residential care industry! They also provide resources at 6Beds events, and we appreciate their participation very much. Please take a look at their sites and/or contact them to get to know their representatives and services.  Click here to view our Tier 1 & 2 vendors.

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6Beds 2019 Legislative Priorities

6Beds, Inc. is dedicated to provide a safe, affordable and comfortable environment for California seniors and adults with disabilities. We work to educate legislators, local elected officials, key opinion leaders and the public about the critical role six-bed facilities play our state’s healthcare structure. We also work to advocate for commonsense legislation that protects seniors and adults with disabilities so our facilities can continue providing the level of safe and affordable care our customers expect.  Be sure to attend Advocacy Day on April 10  and have your voices heard on these issues.  

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6 Beds 2019 Legislative Priorities

SPONSORED BILL:

AB 447 (Patterson & Wiener)—Criminal Record Clearances

Allows all employees of commonly owned facilities to have their criminal record clearances assigned to one location (known as a central administrative facility), so long as one person is responsible for knowing each employee’s location.   Allows flexible movement of workers among facilities and protects residents while saving both the owner and the state the administrative hassle of transferring the clearance.   Avoids unfair fines if the state fails to register a transfer immediately.

STRONG SUPPORT:

AB 50 (Kalra)—Phased expansion of the Assisted Living Waiver program to 18,500 slots and more counties.  This Medi-Cal program is an alternative to skilled nursing care for many current and prospective nursing home residents—saving the state money and offering frail seniors a home-like setting.

SB 512 (Pan)—Would establish the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Board (LTSS Board) to finance LTSS for eligible individuals, the first step in possible public funding of assisted living services.

AB 1766 (Bloom)—potential use of funds for mentally ill for ARF and RCFE support.

Budget items for Community Care Licensing and the Long Term Care Ombudsman program

BILL OF CONCERN:

AB 1796 (Levine)—Concerned that requirement to wait for FBI as well as state DOJ clearance will unduly delay the ability to fill staffing vacancies.

MONITORING:

AB 367 (Flora)—Adds willful and unlawful use of personal identifying information to list of crimes for which persons could be barred from working at RCFEs.

AB 737 (Eggman)—Clarifies that applications for licensure of RCFEs can be made by individuals or by entities and agents signing on behalf of entities.

SB 172 (Portantino)—relates to storage of firearms in RCFEs but will not apply to RCFEs declaring a no-weapon policy.

SB 314 (Dodd)—Adds abandonment to the definition of elder abuse for which attorney’s fees may be awarded in an action for damages.

 

 

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Mapping ARF and RCFE Funding Sources Workshop

6Beds has a great lineup of workshops planned during Advocacy Day 2019 including Mapping ARF and RCFE Funding Sources Workshop.

This workshop is perfect for operators who are migrating from one program to another and/or need help enhancing their current program to improve revenue streams as minimum wage increases.  You don’t want to miss this workshop!  The 2019 Advocacy Day Agenda includes the full line up of speakers and times.

REGISTER TODAY

Seating is limited so don’t delay, register today!

 

 

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2019 Advocacy Day Agenda Available

6Beds Annual Advocacy Day is right around the corner.  This year’s line up of speakers includes key legislators, the Department of Social Services – Community Care Licensing Division (DSS/CCL), the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Alta California Regional Center (ACRC).  The 2019 Advocacy Day Agenda includes the full line up of speakers and times. 

EVENT DETAILS

2019 Annual Advocacy Day
April 10, 2019, Wednesday
Esquire Plaza 1215 K Street, 14th Floor

Sacramento CA 95814

During the day 6Bed operators will:

  • Learn about bills that are being introduced that may impact  our ARF and RCFE homes and the delivery of  housing and care to those we  serve  – the frail elderly,   Californians  with developmental disabilities and or mental illness.
  • Learn how to make your voice heard in the Capitol by visiting your elected representative.
  • Learn how you can help end California’s homeless crisis.

You don’t want to miss this event!  Click here for the detailed agenda.

 

REGISTER TODAY

Seating is limited so don’t delay, register today!

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Register Today for 6Beds Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 10 2019: Space is Limited!

2019 Annual Advocacy Day

APRIL 10, 2019

7:30 AM – 5 PM MAIN EVENT

Esquire Plaza

1215 K St., Suite 1400

Sacramento, CA 95814

EVENT DETAILS

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! 6Beds is hosting the 2019 Annual Advocacy Day Conference in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 10th.

  • Learn about legislative issues that may impact our ARF and RCFE homes and the delivery of housing and care to those we serve — frail elderly and Californians with development disabilities and/or mental illness.
  • Learn how to make your voice heard by visiting your elected representative on Advocacy Day to share your ideas and concerns on the bills being introduced that may impact our residents who permanently live in our ARF and RCFE homes.
  • Learn how you can help end homelessness in the State of California.

Join us in support of these much needed initiatives to protect as well as provide housing and care to our residents, especially with the growing need for our services in the midst of California’s daunting housing crisis.

REGISTER TODAY

Seating is limited so don’t delay, register today!