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6Beds Continues to Push the Envelope for the Residential Care Communities

by Ferdinand Ebio
6Beds 2018 Advocacy Day, on April 11th, was a great success and serves as a new benchmark for this trailblazing organization—in terms of guest speakers presenting, new membership sign-ups and renewals, as well as putting the must-have Wage and Hour Guide in the hands of operators.

Sen. Anderson, Assem. Eloise Reyes, Sen. Wiener

Now in its fourth year since its meteoric inception in mid-2014, 6Beds has proven its ability to affect categorical, positive change in the residential care industry and, in the process, has garnered high praises and respect from the Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Department of Labor (DOL), Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE), numerous politicians, residential care operators and the countless communities 6Beds serves throughout California.

6Beds’ stellar lobbyists, Robert Naylor and Roxanne Gould kicked off the event—welcoming over 140 attendees and introducing this years’ 6Beds sponsored bill, AB2744: Referral Agency, as the centerpiece to 6Beds’ Grow the 6! theme for this year’s advocacy day.

Both Naylor and Gould reinforced 6Beds’ well-seasoned volunteer leadership’s vital role in protecting and advancing the residential care industry to ensure housing and care for California’s frail elderly and adults with developmental disabilities. Watch clips below:

Naylor and Gould then fielded questions about AB2744 and detailed the steps we still need to take before the bill lands on the Governor’s desk.

They were followed by Ron Simpson, 6Beds Director, Southern California President and Compliance & Membership Director, who gave an overview of how 6Beds came about in sponsoring AB2744 and the important roles 6Beds’ lobbyists played in authoring the bill. Watch all four clips below:

The attendees then had the pleasure of hearing from the primary author of AB2744, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-Inland Empire), who dropped in to express her support and reason for authoring this very important bill. Watch clip below:

PHOTO (L-R): Gina Wasdyke, Linda Armas, Ron Simpson, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, Dorie Paniza, Olivia Deanda

In addition to sponsoring AB2744, Cyndy Minnery, 6Beds Director and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs & Compliance, and George Kutnerian, 6Beds Director and Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation, are collaborating on a forthcoming medication management training bill — to train RCFE caregivers on how to administer medications to residents during their end-of-life phase.

Watch the clip below as Minnery explains the significance of this forthcoming bill:

Next, Kutnerian provided an update on last year’s 6Beds sponsored bill, AB1437: Modernizing Regulations. Learn how this bill will simplify the way you obtain caregiver security clearance for the multi-facilities you operate. Watch clip below:

This year, 6Beds had the privilege of having two top officials from the DSS participate in a round table discussion, moderated by Kutnerian, to talk about the latest issues surrounding our industry. They are Pam Dickfoss, Deputy Director, DSS, Community Care Licensing and Ley Arquisola, Program Administrator, Adult and Senior Care Program. Since topics covered are significant in content and length, we will provide each in a separate blog. Be on the lookout for these in the coming days.

Below are clips of Dickfoss and Arquisola affirming the significance of 6Beds as a stakeholder and partner of DSS, as a key instrument to shape care home policies and regulations from the direct perspectives of residential care operators.

PHOTO (L-R): Roxanne Gould, Ley Arquisola, Cyndy Minnery, George Kutnerian, Pam Dickfoss, Ines Otbo, Angie Marinda, Ron Simpson, Tess Misa 

DDS’s Jim Knight, Assistant Deputy Director for the Community Services Division, also graced our event with top news surrounding the ARF communities. Be on the lookout for these must-know topics in our upcoming blogs, as well.

PHOTO: Jim Knight, Assistant Deputy Director for the Community Services Division

Taking time off from their impacted schedules, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), co-author of last year’s 6Beds sponsored bill, AB1437, as well as Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), staunch supporter of small business and 6Beds, dropped by to give their support to 6Beds and to all care home operators throughout California. Watch their clips:

With a short time in between, Attorney Roberta Mendonca presented 6Beds Foundation — 6Beds’ sister organization. Watch Mendonca’s presentation below to learn more about this exciting new non-profit organization whose purpose is to utilize existing residential care homes to solve California’s housing crisis for the frail elderly and adults with developmental disabilities.

Rounding out the day was a joint DOL/DLSE Labor Training session. This was yet another rare occasion where we had both federal and state representatives provide a comprehensive perspective on the federal and state labor laws that govern our caregivers.

PHOTO: Jamika Lopez, Community Outreach Resource & Planning Specialist, DOL with DLSE Representative

Click the links below to download the DLSE’s Wage Order 5, as well as DOL’s Power Point presentation and their latest live-in caregiver models.

DOWNLOAD: FLSA POWER POINT PRESENTATION

DOWNLOAD: SLEEP TIME HOURS WORKED CHART

DOWNLOAD: WAGE ORDER 5

For 6Beds members, however, the day was far from over. Gina Wasdyke, 6Beds Director and Founder, shared her industry-know-how to encourage and inspire both veteran and newly-initiated ARF and RCFE operators with a range of untapped and under-utilized opportunities, as well as funding sources in the residential care industry.

PHOTO: Gina Wasdyke, 6Beds Director and Founder, ARF Operator

Wasdyke will expand on this presentation with in-depth “how-to’s” and insider information this coming June 6, as 6Beds hosts its first-ever Labor Compliance Workshop and Funding Seminar at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, near Sacramento. Don’t miss this game-changing event for your care home. Click here to reserve your seats today!

CLICK to RESERVE SEATS


6Beds’ 2018 Advocacy Day was made possible by the generous contributions of our vendor sponsors. Connect with them and see how they can help operate and grow your care homes. They are as follows:

  • EXCELL HOME CARE, INC
    LANI ROJAS · (562) 569-5568 · lani@excellhc.net · www.ExcellHomecare.com
  • HALO INDUSTRY
    INES OTBO · (562) 842-7539 · otbo1956@aol.com · www.HaloIndustry.com
  • KCK INDUSTRIES
    ANA GOULDE · (310) 866-6946 · Anag@kckind.com · www.kckind.com
  • MAXIMUM BUILDERS
    MAX & MIKE PERALTA · (408) 621-0465 · maxiumbuildersin01@gmail.com
  • NATIONAL PLACEMENT & REFERRAL ALLIANCE
    LINDA ARMAS · (714) 404-8210 · linda4seniors@yahoo.com · www.npralliance.org
  • NIRVANA HOSPICE
    VANESSA CASTRO · (562) 988-3370 · nirvanahospice@gmail.com
  • PERLAS INSURANCE SERVICES
    PATRICK PERLAS · (818) 543-1403 · jpatrick@perlasinsurance.com · www.PerlasInsurance.com
  • REAL TIME SENIOR LIVING
    STEVE HOYT & STEVE GILBERT · (925) 368-7514 · shoyt@realtimesl.com · www.RealtimeSL.com
  • S3 SOLAR
    ALEX ALINO · (714) 600-4915 · aalino@s3solar.com · www.s3solar.com

6Beds also expresses its gratitude to members, Lillian and Sonny Sisayan, for their generous contribution to defray members’ parking fees.

Lastly, but by no means the least, we are truly and sincerely grateful to the many 6Beds volunteer officers, along with their friends and family members whose time and selfless contributions powered this event. They are:

  • Dorie Paniza, 6Beds Northern California President, RCFE Operator
  • Ines Otbo, 6Beds Sourthern California Senior Vice President, RCFE Operator
  • Olivia Deanda, 6Beds Treasurer, ARF Operator
  • Angie Marinda, 6Beds Executive Secretary, RCFE Operator

PHOTO (L-R): Roxanne Gould, George Kutnerian, Rita Flowers, Sony and Lillian Sisayan, Tess Misa, Tess Jomok, Amy, Paniza (Dorie’s son), Amanda, Dorie Paniza, Ines Otbo, Lani, Angie Marinda, Aida Briones, Lillie Mauricio, Gina Wasdyke, Ron Simpson, Olivia Deanda

Below are additional photos from the day’s events:

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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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6Beds leaders to meet with DDS, Director Santi Rogers, on December 18, 2014

6Beds leaders and California’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Director Santi Rogers, are set to meet on December 18, 2014.

DDS is the agency through which the State of California provides services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities.

The purpose of our meeting is to acquaint Director Rogers with 6Beds’ mission and its advocacy efforts to maintain the economic viability of the six-bed community care facilities (CCF) — whose primary function is to provide a home-like and least restrictive environment to Californians with developmental disabilities.

This initial meeting will christen 6Beds’ role as an active stakeholder within the DDS’ relevant task forces or committees — mirroring its stakeholder role with the Department of Social Services (DSS).
Stay tuned.
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Who we are and our meteoric ascent…

Fellow care home provider,

We are 6Beds, Inc., comprised of dedicated care home providers such as you, who are deeply concerned that the current California legislation and labor laws may eventually lessen our capacity to provide the best care for our residents and ultimately erode the viability of our small business.

The recent 2014 RCFE Reform Act—authored to revamp our industry’s directives—along with current federal and California labor laws, have already forced over 500 homes to close since early this year. Today, with over 11,000 six-bed care homes throughout California, our industry provides care to over 37,000 elderly and over 26,000 developmentally disabled adults.

With our industry forecasted to grow exponentially over the next two decades, you can expect more proposed regulatory legislation that may infringe on how we conduct our business. According to Ken Smith, a director at the Stanford Center of Longevity, by the year 2032, Americans over age sixty-five will outnumber those under age fifteen—making up a huge chunk of the marketplace.

To that end, many of your fellow care home providers banded together and formed 6Beds, Inc. on July 1st of this year. As a nonprofit, mutually benefit advocacy group registered with the State of California, we promote safe and affordable quality care for California seniors and disabled adults in a home-like environment. We advocate and educate on behalf of California’s vulnerable residents by uniting senior and adult care facilities throughout the state.

Since our inception we have trail blazed a path for our industry never before seen in California’s history. Today—in a very short time—our lawmakers and politicians are listening to us. More than that, we are impacting key legislation in our industry. As the only recognized stakeholder representing RCFE and ARF residential care homes by the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Labor (DOL), our influence—your influence—has never been more impactful in California’s legislative body than it is today.

With that in mind, we must work collectively to refine the 2014 RCFE Reform Act that has just passed, specifically to recall

  1. the Death Refund Bill,
  2. the requirement to maintain a one-to-three million commercial liability policy and
  3. the significantly higher civil penalties that is unproportional to six bed facilities relative to the larger assisted living facilities.

Furthermore, we have engaged California’s labor department in a dialogue, and we strive to do the same with the federal labor department to

  1. halt the labor auditor’s aggressive labor compliance investigations, and
  2. curtail their application of exorbitant monetary penalties, until the confusion surrounding these issues is resolved.

Our aim is to draft legislation that supports the live-in model in order to preserve the continuity of care within the residential care facilities.

That being said, we need your help.

We urge you to join our fast-growing group—actually, your group—of over 1,000 licensed care homes, statewide (whether as a member and/or as an active participant in our rallies, events, discussions, etc.) as we march forward into the future to insure that the level of care we provide will always be available to our elders and adults with developmental disabilities.

Only by coming together, can our voices be heard and our rights preserved. Our cause must be constantly represented and at the top of our lawmakers’ minds as they promulgate new laws—shaping the landscape of our industry to come. It is imperative that we set all our differences and indifferences aside, for we are all on the same side. We all want what is best for our industry and for those whom we serve.

Your membership and participation through 6Beds will insure that our ability to provide the best care for our residents will remain protected amidst unpredictable economic climate and unforeseeable social changes. 6Beds is our immutable voice—your voice—in California’s ever-changing and equally diverse political sphere.

With each new member our collective voice grows louder and our legislative impact, stronger.

6Beds, Inc. Milestones

Through 6Beds, our reputation and public perception changed overnight from mostly timid immigrants—who barely spoke English—to intelligent, educated and articulate small care home owners. Our governor, state legislators, Department of Social Services (DSS) and Department of Labor (DOL) are listening to us and finally taking us seriously as a stakeholder in our industry. With the help of your dedicated, fellow care home providers, here is how we did it:

  • On July 1, 2014, 6Beds, Inc. was registered as a non-profit, mutual benefit corporation, with the State of California.
  • On August 1, 2014, with 6Beds’ board of directors and team leaders in place, we
    • hired 3 political lobbyists registered with the Secretary of State. They are:
      1. Atty. Robert Naylor, a Stanford and Yale graduate and a former assembly member of San Mateo,
      2. Roxanne Gould, a seasoned lobbyist, and
      3. Tricia Hunter, a registered nurse and currently the executive director of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and also a former CA assembly member;
    • hired Beth Miller Group, a well-respected public relations team in Sacramento;
    • hired an accountant and an in-house lawyer that specializes in non-profit organizations.
  • On August 5, 2014, 6Beds—backed by over 500 statewide care providers—lobbied for the first time at the California State Capitol. As a result, many amendments were added to the seventeen bills comprising the 2014 RCFE Reform Act. (Read all about it here: http://6beds.org/rcfe-reform-act-of-2014/)
  • On September 23, 2014, 6Beds directors and leaders had its first strategic planning meeting with California Regional Manager of Labor, Benny Cheng, to discuss labor issues within our industry. From this point forward, the California’s Department of Labor (DOL) recognized 6Beds, Inc. as the only stakeholder representing Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) and Adult Residential Facility (ARF) residential care homes.
  • On October 1, 2014, the San Francisco-based, Philippine Consulate, invited and met with 6Beds leaders to discuss California’s labor laws and its negative impact on the six-bed residential care homes.
  • On October 21, 2014—represented by 25 key leaders statewide—6Beds leaders met with DSS Deputy Chief Pam Dickfoss, and RCFE and ARF Administrator, Mary Jolls. From this point forward, California’s Department of Social Services (DSS) recognized 6Beds, Inc. as the only stakeholder representing RCFE and ARF residential care homes.
  • On October 29, 2014, with less than one week of planning, 6Beds sponsored a labor rally: Let’s Talk Labor at the State Capitol. Over 300 statewide care providers attended to show their support. Along with them, various caregivers also attended to show their support. For the very first time, care providers came forward to share their labor-related experiences.
  • On November 14, 2014, 6Beds leaders met with DSS statewide regional managers, to initiate partnership and collaboration on many projects to improve the residential care system.
  • On November 19, 2014, 6Beds hired Littler Law Firm (one of our nation’s top labor and employment law firms) to help guide and navigate our course of action when dealing with California’s Labor Department to address labor laws that cripple our industry.

As we gain momentum, our tireless efforts continue…

  • Along with Littler Law Firm, 6Beds leaders will start negotiations with California’s Department of Labor.
  • Upcoming meeting with DDS’s Santi Rogers will start the dialogue on issues surrounding DD.
  • Dialogue with Federal Department of Labor is confirmed to start second week of December.

Learn More

  • To learn more about the RCFE Reform Act of 2014 and how 6Beds helped to amend its seventeen bills, click here.
  • To learn more about our ongoing advocacy work, click here.
  • To stay in touch with our advocacy work, follow our blog (click here).

Wishing you continued success,

Your colleagues at 6Beds

Gina Wasdyke, MBA
Founder and Director, RCFE & ARF Provider
Jocelyn Dela Torre, RN
Co-Founder and Director, RCFE Provider
Janet Baena Valencia, RN
Northern California President and Director, RCFE Provider
Ron Simpson, PhD, MBA
Sourthern California President and Director, RCFE Provider

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6Beds, Inc., will be a Key Participant on December 2, DSS Meeting Regarding Changing Landscape of Residential Care

Newly appointed Deputy Director, Pamela Dickfoss of DSS, opens the previously closed doors of DSS to 6Beds, Inc.—a small homes advocacy group and the only RCFE and ARF stakeholder in DSS.

6Beds, Inc., will join DSS and other key organizations on December 2, to discuss and plan for the changing landscape of Assisted Living/Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly in California at the DSS Sacramento Office.

Pam Dickfoss oversees the activities of the Adult and Senior Care, Children’s Residential, and Child Care Programs, as well as the Technical Assistance and Policy, Continuing Care Contracts, Central Operations and Investigations Branches.

Ms. Dickfoss previously served as the Assistant Deputy Director at the Department of Public Health.