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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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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

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CCL To Make Significant Changes to Inspection Process – 6Beds Calling for Greater Consistency and Transparency

by George Kutnerian
Community Care Licensing (CCL) has announced that it intends to make significant changes to the inspection process in an effort to improve the effectiveness and quality of that process.  6Beds has been invited by CCL to provide feedback on how its new inspection process vision gets implemented in the field.  6Beds is stressing that the new inspection process be more consistent and transparent.

6Beds attended a first meeting with CCL in December, 2017 and will be attending a second meeting with CCL in March, 2018 to further discuss the rollout of the inspection process.  CCL anticipates piloting the new inspection process this spring and 6Beds will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Best Regards,
George K. Kutnerian
Senior Vice President
Public Policy & Legislation
6Beds, Inc.

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Dozens of ARF and RCFE Providers Honored at Red Carpet Gala! (see pix and vids)

by Ferdinand Ebio
On August 19, 2017, 6Beds celebrated its third year anniversary with an evening of awards, honors and festivities at Long Beach Marriott in Southern California. The red-letter event highlighted both 6Beds’ advances for the residential care industry and honored eight ARF and thirty-three RCFE providers for their decades of dedicated service to the elderly, adults with developmental disabilities and the mentally ill.

2017 ARF & RCFE Awards Gala

These awards and recognitions are long overdue and well deserved. They shine a light on the important work that we do as residential care providers, as well as apprise politicians and lawmakers of our vital contributions within our communities. See photos and video clips below.

Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), principal co-author of 6Beds’ first-ever sponsored bill, AB 1437, was the evening’s guest speaker and award presenter. Fellow co-author of AB1437, Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), was not able to attend due to an unforeseen circumstance.

Until 6Beds, there was no definitive and effective representative of the economic and political interests of residential care home owners at the State Capitol. Today however, according to Senator Weiner, …it’s terrific that you (care home owners) now have a very, very effective voice and presence in Sacramento. It just makes a world of difference when there are people we as legislators can work with, pick up the phone and call or meet with and ask questions…And you have that (with 6Beds) and is incredibly valuable.

6Beds’ lobbyist, Roxanne Gould, also spoke and echoed Senator Weiner’s sentiments. Three years ago you didn’t have a voice in Legislature. Three years ago, there were a myriad of horrible bills that were going to specifically hurt this particular segment…, said Gould. She went on to say, It is really monumental that in our third year, we are introducing legislation and passing it through…We are going to get stronger, we are going to get represented…even more as we go forward, which can’t be done without all of you…

George Kutnerian, 6Beds Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Legislation, gave an update on AB1437 and emphasized the importance of 6Beds’ growing rapport and relationships with lawmakers such as Senator Weiner, Assemblymember Patterson, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and many others, without whose support and understanding of our industry we could not have authored AB1437. As you may know, you can sponsor a bill, but without an author then you don’t have a bill, said Kutnerian. He further stated that in addition to legislation reforms, 6Beds also monitors and challenges proposed regulation updates that may be harmful to our industry, such as the reduction of the long-standing 30-day resident notice to 5 days, that is in the admission agreements, under Title 22. According to Kutnerian, 6Beds argued and won to keep the 30-day notice. A significant victory for us all.

Congratulatory Letters
Below are anniversary congratulatory letters from various State legislators who support 6Beds.

Download Congratulatory Letters


2017 ARF and RCFE Awardees



~ Over 40 Years of Dedicated Service Award ~
Awards presented by Senator Scott Wiener and Attorney Roberta Mendonca with 6Beds Board of Directors, Cyndy Minnery, Ron Simpson and George Kutnerian

~ ARF DD & MI ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Shelly Harvey and Irsa Harvey (42 years)

~ RCFE ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to the frail elderly

  • Rich de Leon (43years)
    Rich de Leon

~ Over 30 Years of Dedicated Service Award ~

~ ARF DD & MI ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities and Adults with Mental Illness

  • Dellie & Archie Punla (DD,33 years / MI, 31 years)
    Dellie & Archie Punla

In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Emily & Fort Marquez
    Emily & Fort Marquez
  • Greg & Diana Hernandez
    Greg & Diana Hernandez
  • George G. Monroy (34 years)
  • Susan Ashling (39 years)

~ RCFE ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to the frail elderly

  • Shala Azadgan (30 years)
    Shala Azadgan
  • Flor Pedrosa (36 years)
    Flor Pedrosa
  • Oscar & GG Ramasar (36 years)
    Oscar & GG Ramasar
  • Bridget Fisk (37 years)
  • Elizabeth Jimenez (37 years)
    Elizabeth Jimenez
  • Concepcion Jimenez (38 years)
    Concepcion Jimenez
  • Doris Stella Gomez (39 years)
    Doris Stella Gomez

~ Over 20 Years of Dedicated Service Award ~

~ ARF DD & MI ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Christina & Ned Monica (20 years)
  • Marie Edna Garbanzoz (26 years)
    Marie Edna Garbanzoz

~ RCFE ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to the frail elderly

  • Connie Lumauig (20 years)
  • Indai Lange (20 years)
    Indai Lange
  • Lillian Sisayan (20 years)
    Lillian Sisayan
  • Olivia Deanda (20 years)
    Olivia Deanda
  • Dee Klocke (21 years)
  • Juan Reyes (21 years)
  • Mariza Oliva (21 years)
    Mariza Oliva
  • Olga & Cristro Forero (21 years)
  • Russ & Ginger Venanci (21 years)
  • Al Shelly (22 years)
  • Arlene Fajardo (22 years)
  • Sonia Patricia Garcia (22 years)
    Sonia Patricia Garcia
  • Cory Sabino (23 years)
  • Ines Otbo (23 years)
    Ines Otbo
  • Jacqueline Dupont, PhD (23 years)
    Administrator accepting for Ms. Dupont
  • Maki Sigrist (23 years)
  • Peter Schenkelberg (23 years)
  • Robin L. & P. Simpson, PhD (23 years)
    Robin L. & P. Simpson, PhD
  • Shay Williams (23 years)
    Shay Williams
  • Alexis Edwards (25 years)
    Alexis Edwards
  • Asuncion Dino (25 years)
  • Nina Serban (26 years)
    Nina Serban
  • Robert Green (26 years)
  • Purita Ferrer (28 years)
    Purita Ferrer
  • Esther Ley (28 years)
    Esther Ley
  • Norma Oreta (29 years)
    Norma Oreta

~ Special Award ~

In recognition of your selfless contribution to the residential care industry

  • Julie Azadon
    Julie Azadon
  • Delia Pardo
    Delia Pardo
  • Ferdinand Ebio
    Ferdinand Ebio

~ Generosity Award ~

In appreciation of your foundation’s generosity for supporting 6Beds, Inc. and the residential care industry

  • The Ramlaoui Family

6Beds Officers and Leaders
L-R: Olivia Deanda, Emily & Fort Marquez, Dellie Punla, Gina Wasdyke, Ines Otbo, Angie Marinda, Dorie Paniza, Cyndy Minnery, Ron Simpson, Lillie Mauricio, George Kutnerian, Ofelia Aplicador

6Beds Leaders

6Beds Leaders with Littler Law Firm Attorneys
L-R: 6Beds Leaders: Olivia Deanda, Gina Wasdyke – Littler Attorneys: Sarah Ross, Ashley Brick, Miranda Mossavar, – 6Beds Leaders: George Kutnerian, Ron Simpson, Cyndy Minnery

6Beds with Littler Law Firm Attorneys

6Beds Leaders with Vendor Sponsors

6Beds Leaders & Vendor Sponsors

Conference and Gala Volunteers & Helpers
L-R: Fort Marquez, Ed Mauricio, Emily Marquez, Ines Otbo, Martha Rodriguez, Julie Azadon, Tess Misa, Delia Pardo, Michelle Otbo, Amy Mata, Ofelia Aplicador, Lillie Mauricio, Rich de Leon, Angie Marinda, Olivia Deanda, Gina Wasdyke, Dorie Paniza, Roberta Mendonca, George Kutnerian

Events Volunteers and Helpers


Gala Photos
by Ferdinand Ebio
(click to view all gala pics)

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Red Carpet Photos
by SL Photobooth Rental
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Download Gala Program

Download 6Beds Souvenir Program 2017


Vendor Sponsors

6Beds thanks with sincere gratitude all the following vendors who sponsored the 2017 ARF & RCFE Annual Conference and Gala

  • Littler Law Firm
  • Blessed Touch Home Care, LLC
  • KCKmedical
  • Vitas Healthcare
  • Angels Hospice Corporation
  • Royal Medical & Dental Supply
  • South California Association of Senior Referral Agencies
  • Mornin Star Palliative & Hospice, Inc.
  • Granny’s Place, Inc.
  • Primerica
  • A-Med. Realty Group
  • SoCal Post-Acute Care
  • SeaCrest Home Health and Hospice
  • Mountain View Services, Inc.
  • Garinet Healthcare & Hospice Touch
  • Austin Drugs
  • The Jackson Group
  • Summa Insurance Service, Inc.
  • Sacred Heart of California
  • Alta Hospitals System, LLC
  • Sierra Professional Insurance Services
  • Medd Care
  • Freedom Solar
  • Sun Solar
  • Mountain House
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Go Fast OC CPR
  • Companion Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care
  • South Orange County Carpet Cleaning
  • Pinoy Pam’s Best
  • First Asian Care

This momentous evening was planned, organized and spearheaded by Ines Otbo, 6Beds Vice President. We are very grateful to her and the many dedicated supporters who helped to marshal this gala and the very successful annual conference held the preceding day.

Cheers and we’ll be seeing you next year!


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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: DSS ANNOUNCED 2017 SSI/SSP NON-MEDICAL OUT-OF-HOME CARE (NMOHC) PAYMENT STANDARD

by George Kutnerian
The SSI/SSP non-medical out-of-home care (NMOHC) payment that SSI/SSP recipients who live in residential care facilities receive, has increased to $1,158.37 as follows:

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) $   735.00
State Supplementary Payment (SSP) $   423.37
$1,158.37

Of the $1,158.37, the SSI/SSP recipient is entitled to a personal and incidental needs allowance of $132.  This leaves $1,026.37 as the amount payable to the facility for basic services.

Please note that recipients who have income in addition to their SSI/SSP check (for example, a pension, Social Security Retirement, or disability benefits) can be charged the $1,026.37 amount for basic services plus an additional $20.  Because federal rules do not count the first $20 of a recipient’s income against his or her SSI/SSP grant, an SSI/SSP recipient with other income has an extra $20 that people who receive only an SSI/SSP check do not have.  Neither federal nor state law restricts the recipient in how this additional $20 amount is spent.  Therefore, if the recipient agrees in the admission agreement to pay the additional $20 for basic services, the facility may charge the additional amount resulting in a total monthly basic services charge of $1,046.37.

DSS’ Provider Information Notice regarding this topic can be found here (click to download).

Sincerely,

George K. Kutnerian
Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation

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CCL Announces the Launch of Provider Information Notices (PINs)

by George Kutnerian
On October 21, 2016, Community Care Licensing (CCL) announced the launch of Provider Information Notices (PINs), which it will use moving forward to formally communicate to CCL-licensed facilities.

On the homepage for CCL, you will find the link to the Provider Information Notices (PIN) at the top of “Featured Information.”  These notices will also be available by selecting the “Tools/Resources” tab and then “Information Releases.”

PIN 16-01-CCLD is for all Community Care Licensed Providers and it provides an overview of the PIN process.  PIN 16-01-ASC is specifically for Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) and it releases an updated Medication Guide for RCFEs to use as a resource. PIN 16-02-ASC addresses the protection of residents in RCFEs during flu season.

If you are a licensee and CCL has a contact email for you, you may have already received an email notifying you of the launch of PINs.  However, to ensure that everyone has current information, we will announce individual PINs as we are made aware of them by CCL.

Best Regards,
George Kutnerian
Senior Vice President – Public Policy & Legislation

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Assisted Living Waiver Program – DHCS Announces Increased Provider Rates Effective 2017

by George Kutnerian
In a previous post, we let our readers know that California’s new budget would provide for an increase in funding for the Home and Community Based Services waiver programs, which includes the Assisted Living Waiver Program. At that time, the specific rates to take effect on January 1, 2017 had not yet been announced.

DHCS recently announced the specific provider rates that are to take effect on January 1, 2017.  The new provider rates are as follows:

 

Effective 2017                      Current

Tier 1         $55/day              $52/day

Tier 2         $66/day              $62/day

Tier 3         $75/day              $71/day

Tier 4         $87/day              $82/day

 

This marks the first rate increase the Assisted Living Waiver Program has received since its inception as a pilot program in 2006 when it began serving Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.

The primary goal of the Assisted Living Waiver Program is to enable low-income, Medi-Cal eligible seniors and persons with disabilities, who would otherwise require nursing facility services, to remain in or relocate to the community.  The program was approved by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare and is currently in the midst of its second five-year waiver that will run into 2019.  The Assisted Living Waiver Program currently operates in 14 counties throughout the State.

6-bed RCFEs play an important role in the Assisted Living Waiver Program.  The Assisted Living Waiver Program provider rate increase is yet another signal of the effectiveness of 6Beds’ advocacy in Sacramento, where 6Beds has persistently been advocating for provider rate increases for programs that impact 6-bed facilities as well as new funding sources for 6-bed facilities to cope with the rising costs of doing business in California.

Best Regards,

George Kutnerian, M.S., MBA
Senior Vice President – Public Policy & Legislation

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First Increase in a Decade to State SSP Portion of the SSI/SSP Grant

by George Kutnerian
Effective January 1, 2017, the state SSP portion of the SSI/SSP grant will receive a cost-of-living increase equivalent to the increase in the California Necessities Index, which is 2.76 percent.  This increase would mark the first State SSP increase in more than a decade.

California, home to almost 20% of the nation’s SSI population, has long relied on 6-bed residential care facilities to provide housing and care for SSI/SSP recipients, among which are primarily the elderly and adults with disabilities, including those with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses.

The disparity between the capped SSI/SSP rate and the median market rate has grown to become a gaping chasm over the years, with the SSI/SSP board and care rate failing to keep up with the rapidly rising housing and operating costs that California’s small 6-bed residential care facilities face.

The 2.76% increase to the State SSP portion of the SSI/SSP grant, the first such increase in more than a decade, has been long overdue and is a step, albeit a very modest one, in the right direction.  6Beds recognizes that much more will have to be done to sustain the small 6-bed residential care facilities that care for SSI/SSP recipients and will continue to advocate on their behalf.

Best Regards,

George Kutnerian, M.S., MBA
Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation

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2-Year Celebration Highlights 6Beds Accomplishments and Visionaries

by Jack Rein
On August the 27th, 6Beds leaders and members gathered at the Embassy Suites Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame to celebrate the culmination of 2 years of hard work and the successful political and operational establishment of the organization as a force in the RCFE and ARF community.

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Led by Gina Wasdyke and Olivia DeAnda — who headed the organizational committee of volunteers — 6Beds members and 6Beds VC members met during the day to discuss the Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities. Presenters included opening remarks by Board Member, Dr. Ron Simpson, followed by Board Member, George Kutnerian, who delivered an illuminating presentation on 6Beds policy and legislative updates. Representatives from the DOL and the DDS gave us their insights on issues relating to personnel and regulatory changes that affect RCFE and ARF operators.

The day conference and the evening gala was attended by more than 500 care homeowners and vendors. The evening gala enjoyed a festive and well-earned evening of dinner, music and dancing in the elegant setting of the hotel’s Ambassador Ballroom.

Highlights of the party included awards to more than 15 outstanding members who have provided incredible service over many decades to the cause of providing personalized, loving care to thousands of residents.

Our 2016 Caregiver of the Year Award was presented with tremendous applause to Flordeliza Pascua for a lifetime of service to the elderly and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to Flordeliza for her incredible dedication and perseverance. The award was one of the highlights of the night!

Other honorees included Eufemia Romero Abaya, Lucy Romero Nicario and Elvira Romero in recognition of more than 50 years of service to the frail and the elderly and adults with developmental disabilities.

Our 30 Year Honorees were Greg and Diana Hernandez (ARF-DD) and Carmelita Pineda (ARF-MI). Other 30 Year Service Awards were presented to Fernando and Lorna Farol, Ovanes and Nazeli Kutnerian and Patrick and Carole Nobis (RCFE).

The city was well represented and plaques of appreciation were presented by San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, Daly City Vice-Mayor David Canepa and Daly City Council Mike Guingona. Other political luminaries included Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, who provided Certificate of Recognition to Honorees.

The keynote speaker at the gala was former California State Assemblyman Robert Wesley Naylor, one of the key members of 6Beds successful and ground-breaking lobbying effort in Sacramento. His upbeat message was a simple one: The RCFE and ARF communities are growing, getting stronger, and the future is extremely bright.

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Keynote speaker – Robert Naylor (6Beds Lead Lobbyist)

Special thanks for this informative day and fabulous night has to go to the Event Committee: Lillie Mauricio, Olivia DeAnda, Angelita Marinda, Dorie Paniza, Menchu Montilla, Ines Otbo, Nestor Uy, Imelda Eusebio, Leni Lacap and Gina Wasdyke. Thanks for all of the hard work, persistence and expertise!

Ferdie Ebio, 6Beds Chief of IT and Multimedia, immortalized the entire day with video and pictures, and they can be seen here.

There is so much to be thankful for and so much work left to do. The “deep breath” that we all took on August 27th showed us the value of intelligent, persistent effort. 6Beds, Inc., now stands as one of the premiere RCFE and ARF organizations in the Western Unites States, due in no small part, to the daily striving for excellence from our Board of Directors, our 6Beds officers, our key position officers, our area leaders and, most importantly, the excellence of our unparalleled members!

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In photo – 6Beds, Inc., Board of Directors and officers L-R Olivia de Anda, George Kutnerian, Jack Rein, Cinty Minnery, Ines Otbo, Roxanne Gould (6Beds Lobbyist), Gina Wasdyke, Ron Simpson, Robert Naylor (Keynote speaker)

Bravo! Thank you! Together, we are looking forward to a great future!

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First Ever Rate Increase for Assisted Living Waiver Program

by George Kutnerian
California’s new budget will provide for an increase in funding for the Home and Community Based Services waiver programs, which includes the Assisted Living Waiver Program.

The budget will provide for an estimated $7.1 million from the State’s General Fund and an estimated $5.1 million in federal funds, reflecting increased costs in Home and Community Based Services waiver programs and long-term care facilities rate add-ons.

The specific provider rate increase for the Assisted Living Waiver Program has not yet been determined, but increased rates should take effect on January 1, 2017 and we expect the new rates to be announced sometime in the 4th quarter of this year.

The much needed and long overdue provider rate increase would be the first rate increase the Assisted Living Waiver Program has received since its inception as a pilot program in 2006 when it began serving Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.

The primary goal of the Assisted Living Waiver Program is to enable low-income, Medi-Cal eligible seniors and persons with disabilities, who would otherwise require nursing facility services, to remain in or relocate to the community.  The program was approved by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare and is currently in the midst of its second five-year waiver that will run until February 28, 2019, by which time we expect that another five year waiver renewal will be approved.  The Assisted Living Waiver Program currently operates in 14 counties throughout the State.

6-bed RCFEs and ARFs play an important role in the Assisted Living Waiver Program and 6Beds will continue to keep its members and followers apprised of new information pertaining to the provider rate increase.

Best Regards,

George Kutnerian, M.S., MBA
Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation