Congratulations to At Your Home Familycare for being among the first select group of non-medical home care aide organizations in California to receive Full License Status from the Department of Social Services!
According to Edwards-Tate: “At Your Home Familycare is among a select number of home care organizations in California which opted to complete a full license application. We wish to thank the DSS for recognizing us as a quality provider of non-medical in-home care which helps to keep seniors, disabled, developmentally disabled and Veterans safely and independently in their own homes. We anticipate announcing our full licensed status soon.”
AB 1863 (Jones) Amended
Second Round of Calls & Letters
The DRA Licensure Bill, AB 1863 (Jones), is set to be heard in the Senate Human Services Committee on June 24 at 1:30 PM in the State Capitol.
Recent amendments have not addressed our concerns regarding the bill’s lack of consumer protections and CAHSAH maintains its Ã¢Oppose Unless AmendedÃ¢ position on this measure.
It is critical that we advocate our opposition to the amended version of this measure prior to the hearing. Please contact all members of the Senate Human Services Committee (listed below) and ask that they vote “NO” on AB 1863 unless it is further amended to include real consumer protections.
In addition to calling, please fax a letter of opposition on AB 1863 to your Senate Member’s office. If you are faxing a letter, please also fax a copy to CAHSAH’s Policy Director, Jennifer Gabales at (916) 641-5881 to ensure that it is included in the bill’s analysis. CAHSAH will hand deliver a packet of member opposition letters to the Committee office on June 16.
A sample opposition letter can be accessed here
SENATE HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
Member – District – Party – Room – Phone – Fax
Senator Jim Beall (Chair) (http://senate.ca.gov/sd15) 15, D‚ 2068, (916) 651-4015, (916) 266-9350
Senator Tom Berryhill (Vice Chair) (http://senate.ca.gov/sd14) 14, R‚ 3076, (916) 651-4014, (916) 651-4914
Senator Mark DeSaulnier (http://senate.ca.gov/sd07) 7‚ D‚ 5035‚ (916) 651-4007‚ (916) 651-4907
Senator Carol Liu (http://senate.ca.gov/sd25) 25, D, 5097‚ (916) 651-4025‚ (916) 651-4925
Senator Mark Wyland (http://senate.ca.gov/sd38) 38, R‚ 4048‚ (916) 651-4038, (916) 651-4938
Thank you for your prompt response to this important Action Alert.
Action Alert Update:
Need Calls to Key Budget Conference Committee Members
June 3-5, 2014
According to Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO of At Your Home Familycare, “The home care industry in San Diego estimates that President Gloria’s proposal will be disastrous for private duty home care and supports. Additionally, I believe that all governmental funding sources we serve by caring for those most vulnerable with non-medical homecare, preventing costly institutional care, will be either impossible to provide, or necessitate severe cuts in programs and services.”
Sign our online petition today, and support our efforts to stop this detrimental action! (It is a simple process for you with major impact on our community.) Click here to sign »
Call President Gloria’s office today and register your opposition by phoning (619) 236-7787.
San Diego County’s economic hit could be four times greater than the average region.
Read the full article here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/04/federal-shutdown-san-diego/
“No matter what kind of propaganda the Obama administration manufactures to promote these rules as a victory for attendants and people with disabilities, the reality is that these rules will be devastating for citizens with disabilities who rely on Medicaid-funded home and community-based services for more than 40 hours of assistance per week,” said Bob Kafka, an organizer with ADAPT of Texas.
For more than a year, disability rights organizations have repeatedly raised concerns that the proposed rules would result in the institutionalization of people with disabilities. In fact, these groups pointed out that the Department of Labor itself identified that institutionalization was an outcome of these rules multiple times in its own analysis of the proposed rules. ADAPT reviewed the proposed rules and identified a dozen ways they would result in unwanted institutionalization.
In August, the disability community felt that Secretary of Labor Perez had understood their concerns and was planning to address them when he scheduled a listening session. Despite the fact that disability rights organizations had urge the Obama administration to rethink these rules which were developed without the involvement of the Disability Community, the rules were finalized with only minor wording changes.
“Instead of addressing our issues, Secretary Perez and the Department of Labor steam-rolled over our community,” said Bruce Darling, an organizer with New York State ADAPT. “The decisions were clearly already made. The entire listening session was a complete sham. Secretary Perez should be ashamed of himself and we intend to hold him accountable.”
ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
More information about ADAPT and this issue can be found at
According to Laurie Edwards-Tate, President and CEO of At Your Home Familycare: “It is with esteem and gratitude I wish to thank the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce for taking a firm stand against two State of California bills which will hurt home care and ultimately small businesses in our own community, placing seniors and disabled at risk. You represent the business community well with dedication and commitment.”