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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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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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DD ARM Rates Set to Increase July 1, 2016

To our Fellow Provider,

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) issued the new rate schedule for ARM rate providers — effective July 1, 2016 — with at least a 7.75% rate increase for community care facilities caring for 5 or more residents and a 25% increase for facilities serving four or less. This is a significant rate increase which is long overdue!

While this milestone was brought about by a collective effort among various organizations, it is undeniable that 6Beds played a huge role in making it happen. Since its inception in July of 2014, 6Beds rallied en masse, testified in various hearings and lobbied fiercely at the State Capital to get our messages across to our legislators and the Governor’s office.

That said, we thank various 6Beds leaders, many of whom are ARF DD and RCFE DD providers who were quite passionate in expressing our community’s financial needs throughout various hearings and meetings. They are Reshema Hollinsworth, Dr. Don Turner, Gina Wasdyke, George Kutnerian, Dr. Ron Simpson, Nestor Uy, Frank Dickey and Mark Alipio. We also thank 6Beds lobbyists, Robert Naylor and Roxanne Gould for their instrumental support and input. However above all, we thank you — our 6Beds members — without whose continued financial support we could not have achieved these significant rate increases that have eluded our facilities for far too many years.

We also thank the Governor’s office, DDS and many legislators, especially Assemblymember Thurmond of Richmond and Assemblymember Bonta of Oakland/Alameda, Senator Mitchell of Culver/Los Angeles for recognizing that the current stagnant rates needed to be raised to ensure that our care homes continue to care for Californians with developmental disabilities.

For our 6,404 blog followers (and growing), happy reading and please forward this post to as many of our DD colleagues.

Yours in solidarity,

6Beds, Inc.

Click to view rate tables below.

DD ARM RATES – EFFECTIVE July 01, 2016DOWNLOAD DD-ARM-RATES EFFECTIVE 2016-07-01

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Wage & Hour Division and 6Beds to Work Together to Establish a Compliance Model Revolving Around the Live-In Caregiver Model for 2015

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6Beds leaders, Gina Wasdyke, Joy Dela Torre, Janet Valencia, Ron Simpson, George Kutnerian, and Maria Garfinkle, along with prominent labor attorney, Michael Lotito of Littler Mendelson, and lobbyist, Robert Naylor, met with the U.S. Wage and Hour Division’s District Director Susana Blanco and Assistant District Director Michael Eastwood at the Division’s San Francisco district office to explore solutions to the labor issues crippling the small home residential care industry.

Labor auditors over the last few years have shown a high rate of non-compliance among small home residential care facilities according to Eastwood and Blanco.  6Beds pointed out that part of the problem has been auditors’ lack of understanding of the nuances of the live-in caregiver model, which is the foundation of the small home residential care industry and is supported by 29 CFR 785.23 (Homeworker Exception) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

That being said, District Director Blanco expressed that the Wage & Hour Division is willing to work with 6Beds to establish a fair and equitable compliance model that revolves around the live-in caregiver model while adhering to applicable labor laws.  To that end, the compliance model will consist of a reasonable agreement  between staff and operator based on the live-in model and will include necessary supporting documentation (i.e. time-sheets, etc.).  The compliance model will address both actual hours worked and employee living accommodations in the context of the live-in caregiver model within a small home.  For the time being, however, both Blanco and Eastwood stated that they will continue with enforcement plans that are already in place.  We will, however, have a momentary reprieve with the holiday season upon us.

Both Blanco and Eastwood recognize that residential care homes play a vital role in serving the frail elderly and developmentally disabled adults. They were both very receptive to the idea that the development of a compliance model could help address current labor issues, especially if adopted across the entire small home residential care industry.

To expedite this process of compliance, both parties agreed to a follow up dialogue on January, 15, 2015, at which time 6Beds will present an initial draft of the compliance model written by Littler’s Tammy McCutchen, former U.S. Wage & Hour Administrator.  6Beds will also do the same with California’s DIR (Labor) to ensure that the new compliance model meets both federal and state labor regulations.

The Wage & Hour Division indicated that once a pattern of compliance is established in our industry, the random audits should slow down.

While it’s clear and evident that our voices are being heard, and a solution (compliance model) is in the works, compliance needs to be statewide in order for audits to subside.  With that said, we urge every small home residential care provider (2 beds to 99 beds) to join 6Beds and help the industry in its journey to a labor compliance model that will preserve the live-in caregiver model and the economic viability of small home residential care providers—that serve the frail elderly and developmentally disabled adults.

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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