6Beds, Inc. is an advocacy organization committed to ensuring state and federal law does not create unfair and over-burdensome regulations that will prevent senior citizens from choosing small, home-like settings like six-bed facilities.

We support reforms to improve our sector, and are proud to work with the State Legislature on creating responsible legislation that will address the issues without affecting the quality and affordability of six-bed facilities.

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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!

  • Your mobile phone number is preferred in the event we need to send you text updates.
  • Please enter comments and/or your facility name(s) below.
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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!

  • Your mobile phone number is preferred in the event we need to send you text updates.
  • Please enter comments and/or your facility name(s) below.
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URGENT: DSS Requests Input to Latest Draft of Overhauled Incidental Medical Care Regulations

Calling all 6Beds members:

Join our call-to-action phone conference this Thursday, Nov 8, from 2PM – 3PM to review and provide your input to upcoming DSS regulations that will soon impact how we deliver care to our residents.

DSS has requested input from 6Beds and its members to the latest draft of the overhauled Incidental Medical Care Regulations (see topics below) before they are ratified.

As a DSS stakeholder, 6Beds is the only organization representing 6-bed RCFEs to be given a first-hand look at these proposed regulations, as well as the opportunity to influence what the final regulations will be.

In effect, we now have a golden opportunity to determine how these regulations will impact our delivery of care — to ensure that they are both beneficial to our residents, as well as pragmatic and cost effective to our operations.

The topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • When to Call 9-1-1
  • Clarification and Examples of Assistance with Self-Administration of Medication
  • Use of Medication Administration Record (MAR)
  • Recording of Missed/Refused Medication Doses
  • PRN Medications
  • How to release medications that are going outside the facility with the resident during an outing
  • And more!

This phone conference is open and limited to 6Beds members only. Instructions on how you can participate in this important dialogue will be emailed to 6Beds members this Wednesday.

If you are not yet a 6Beds member and wish to participate, please take a moment to join our collective to protect and advance the residential care industry.

JOIN 6BEDS

Sincerely,

George Kutnerian, MS, MBA
Director, Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation
RCFE Operator

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TAKE ACTION NOW: Help Streamline Our Caregiver Criminal Clearance Process

The legislature has already passed 6Beds’ sponsored bill, Assembly Bill 1437 (Criminal Record Clearances); Governor Brown just needs to sign it.

AB 1437 allows a cleared worker to be associated with all the facilities operated by the same owner by filing a single form eliminating the need for filing multiple forms for transfer among those facilities. AB 1437 will also allow licensees to designate a single Central Administrative Facility within a region to which all of a licensee’s employees may be associated to.

Help us urge Governor brown to sign AB 1437 by end of September.

Currently, every time a worker goes to work at another facility even on a temporary basis to fill in for an absent worker, a form must be filed with the Community Care Licensing Division to transfer the worker’s criminal background clearance to that other location even if the location is operated by the same licensee. Failure to file the form before the worker transfers can draw fines of $100 a day up to $500 — even though the worker in fact has a criminal background clearance.

Do you support AB 1437? If so, let Governor Brown know ASAP.
SIGN PETITION NOW

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TAKE ACTION NOW: Help Expand ALW by Signing Our Petition to Governor Brown

The legislature has already passed Assembly Bill 2233 (Assisted Living Waiver); Governor Brown just needs to sign it.

AB 2233 impacts our industry and the growing communities we serve. Let us stand united in support of one another and all older adults in California.

Help us urge Governor Brown to sign AB 2233 by end of September.

AB 2233 offers many benefits:

  • Enrollment increase from 5,700 to as high as 18,500.
  • Expansion of ALW beyond the 15 counties currently approved participation.
  • Increased transparency in how the wait list is administered.

Do you support AB 2233? If so, let Governor Brown know ASAP.

SIGN PETITION NOW

The program is currently limited to 5,700 people but the need is much greater. The current wait list requires people to wait months and sometimes years in order to receive services.

AB 2233 will allow enrollment in the assisted living program to increase up to 18,500 people and improves several other aspects of the program. The legislation already passed through the Senate and the Assembly without any “no” votes. And for good reason – an improved ALW program benefits both consumers and the state, which saves thousands of dollars monthly when a Medi-Cal beneficiary receives necessary services through the ALW rather than in a nursing home.

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Oct 8 and 22: Outrage. We Are All Affected. We All Must Do Better.

While we at 6Beds express our deepest outrage in the strongest possible sense over the labor exploitation and alleged human trafficking, which took place in six Rainbow Bright care centers in the Bay Area, it is a blatant reminder for all of us operators that we are responsible not only for our own care homes, but for how we ALL conduct business in the communities we love and serve.

One bad apple can ruin our industry’s reputation for the rest of us and bring about onerous audits and legislative enforcement (much like the RCFE Reform Act of 2014) that may potentially set back our operations and our viability to provide care for our residents.

While there will always be constant give-and-take with our employees, our industry is heavily regulated, with labor laws being a game-changer if we are callous and indifferent of our employees’ legal rights.

That is why it is vital that we all do our part to (1) work with, (2) educate and (3) encourage one another to comply with the labor laws — to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again in our communities.

We are all affected.
We all must do better.
As operators, it is our moral obligation to ensure that all caregivers in our industry are treated fairly with respect, common decency and dignity.

To that end, 6Beds is hosting two joint federal and state labor training seminars this coming October 8th, in San Jose (NorCal) and October 22nd, in Brea (SoCal). See details below:

Joint Federal and State Labor Presentation & The How To’s for ARFs & RCFEs

You are Invited to 6Beds’ Labor Workshops
Free Admission, Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks Courtesy of 6Beds Preferred Vendor Sponsors

SAN JOSE (NorCal)

Monday, October 8, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose CA 95125

Seats are limited. Please RSVP today!

(NorCal) RESERVE SEATS


BREA (SoCal)

Monday, October 22, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Brea Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way, Brea CA 92821

Seats are limited. Please RSVP today!

(SoCal) RESERVE SEATS

We highly encourage you to bring your friends and colleagues to attend these game-changing seminars. Your livelihood and the well-being of your residents may depend on it.

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6Beds Delivers Compelling Testimony In Support of AB 2233 (Assisted Living Waiver)

6Beds Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation, George Kutnerian, offered compelling testimony before the Senate Health Committee in support of AB 2233, which would (1) increase the capacity of the Assisted Living Waiver, (2) provide for geographic expansion and (3) increase provider rates to account for past minimum wage increases, as well as other programmatic changes.

 

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May 9, 2018 – Join Us to Seek Support for AB2744 from Assemblymember Ken Cooley

If you are a resident of Rancho Cordova, please join us this Wednesday, May 9, and make your voice heard at the office of Assemblymember Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) to help him understand how AB2744: Referral Agency, is crucial to the health of residential care homes in his district.

As you know, 6Beds sponsored AB2744 to help regulate referral agencies. This bill has so many important parts that will be good for our care homes!

When bills are being voted on by the politicians in the Assembly, it is critical for them to hear from their constituents— whom they serve —about how their businesses are affected by the laws that they author and vote on.

We have an appointment at 1 PM with Assemblymember Cooley’s field representative at his district office at the Rancho Cordova City Hall.

We will meet in front of his office at 12:45 PM so that we can unify our message. See you there!

DATE:
May 9, 2018, 12:45 PM

LOCATION:
Rancho Cordova City Hall
2729 Prospect Park Dr.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

If you have ever been wronged or have been taken advantage of by a referral agency, now is your chance to take a stand and make a difference!

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Apr 17 – Support Referral Agency Bill Hearing Before the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee

This Tuesday, April 17, AB 2744 – RCFE Referral Agency, will be heard before the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee at the Capitol in room 127, at 3 PM in the afternoon.

AB2744 - April 17 Hearing

We encourage all RCFE operators to show their support for this Bill by attending the hearing and making your voices heard. If you have ever been wronged or have been taken advantage of by a referral agency, now is your chance to take a stand and make a difference!

Our group will meet before the event to discuss proceedings protocols before the hearing at 2 PM at  Zia’s Delicatessen on the corner of O St. and 14th:  1401 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814

If you cannot make it to our meeting point, please proceed directly to the hearing at the Capitol in room 127 by 3PM.

Please RSVP to let us know how many of you are joining us.

We are looking forward to see many of you there! Make sure to wear your 6Beds t-shirts if you have one.

CLICK to RSVP

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Governor’s Budget Proposes Adding 2,000 Slots to the Assisted Living Waiver Program – 6Beds Advocacy Efforts Paying Off

by George Kutnerian
As many of you may be aware, the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) program reached its capacity of 3,700 slots in March of 2017 and has since been operating with a waitlist that is now fast approaching 3,000 individuals.

Governor’s Budget Proposes Adding 2,000 Slots to Assisted Living Waiver Program -- 6Beds Advocacy Efforts Paying Off

6Beds has been advocating for an expansion to the ALW program since last year’s Advocacy Day in spring of 2017.

Since then, in its efforts to expand and improve the ALW, 6Beds has joined a broad coalition that includes LeadingAge CA, California Assisted Living Association, Alzheimer’s Association, The SCAN Foundation, California Hospital Association, the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association, and Justice in Aging.

This broad coalition had been advocating to the Department of Health Care Services and the Department of Finance for an expansion of the ALW.  The Governor’s proposal to add 2,000 slots to the ALW is a significant first step towards expanding the ALW.  We will keep you posted on how the proposal to add 2,000 slots to the ALW progresses through the budget process.  Even if approved, the addition of the 2,000 slots would not be operational until at least this summer as the Department of Health Care Services will be required to apply for a waiver amendment with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Stay tuned for updates.

Advocating for expanding and improving the ALW is a part of 6Beds’ 2018 Advocacy Day agenda.

Please join us for Advocacy Day in Sacramento on April 11, 2018 at the California Chamber of Commerce, beginning at 8AM.

Click here to learn more.

Best,

George K. Kutnerian
Senior Vice President
Public Policy & Legislation