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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.

housing crisis, Issues, legislation

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.

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