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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between CAPA and CICA? Why is CICA only open for membership to consumers?

Is the creation and funding of CICA outside the purview of IHSS Public Authority Advisory and Governing Boards?

Will CICA members from Governing Boards have more influence in CICA than members representing IHSS Advisory Committees?

What is the current relationship between CICA and CAPA?

What will the proposed $500 dues cover?

Why should an AC/GB from a small county pay the same as an AC/GB representing a large county?

What is CICA’s fiscal and resource policy?

What happens if an AC/GB does NOT join CICA? Can CICA lobby?
 

 

What is the difference between CAPA and CICA?

CAPA is a professional association of Public Authority directors who are the staff responsible for administering Public Authority services in accordance with state law and local ordinances. Some CAPA members report directly to their Governing Boards, while others report to staff within a county Social Services agency. CAPA is accountable to other organizations/parties in addition to IHSS consumers or their Advisory Committee/Governing Board members.

 

CICA is comprised solely of IHSS Advisory Committee and Governing Board members who have a distinct statutory role within the IHSS program. Advisory and Governing Board members are mandated to make recommendations on improving all aspects of the IHSS program and receive state funding to fulfill this mandate. Under AB 1682, the majority of all AC or GB’s members must be current or past users of personal assistance services. The law intends to ensure that this perspective is represented across all Public Authorities.

CICA, as an organization, is complementary of CAPA, but not a duplication.

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Why is CICA only open for membership to consumers?

It is NOT! Membership in CICA is open to all current Public Authority Advisory Committee/ Governing Board members in the state.

 

CICA will focus, however, on representing the IHSS consumer voice whether it be through consumers themselves, their IP’s, or other interested parties.

CICA does not exclude providers or other AC/GB members. CICA recognizes that providers have organized representation through their union(s) for their interests. In much the same way that consumers can benefit from union achievements in the IHSS program, so does CICA hope that making the consumer viewpoint its primary focus will also benefit IHSS providers, as well as the home and community-based service system as a whole.

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Is the creation and funding of CICA outside the purview of IHSS Public Authority Advisory and Governing Boards?

No. The formation of CICA, while still in the very early stages, is well within the purview of the law and regulations governing Public Authority Advisory and Governing Boards.

 

 

Will CICA members from Governing Boards have more influence in CICA than members representing IHSS Advisory Committees?

No! CICA makes no distinction, in membership or leadership, between the different governing models available to Public Authorities in the state.

 

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What is the current relationship between CICA and CAPA?

There is currently no formal relationship between CICA and CAPA. CAPA has appointed two members as liaisons to CICA. There is no financial relationship between the two organizations. CICA is not a sub-committee of CAPA. CICA is incorporated and is a free-standing organization.

 

 

What will the proposed $500 dues cover? Why should an AC/GB from a
small county pay the same as an AC/GB representing a large county?

The proposed dues structure for CICA meant to give CICA sufficient funds to accomplish the activities described throughout this document. These activities include a website with member-specific privileges, a newsletter, and part-time staff to assist with the organization’s mailing lists, membership records, and meeting minutes. Please see the pie chart attachment for more detail on this item.

 

CICA proposed the same dues amount across all Advisory Committees/ Governing Boards because all counties, regardless of their size, receive the same dollar allocation from the state under AB 1682. In the current fiscal year, this amount is $5,991 (State and Federal match).

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What is CICA’s fiscal and resource policy?

At this very early stage in its development, CICA has not had time to create a formal fiscal and/or resource policy. However, the pie chart responds in part to this question.

 

CICA’s acting leadership has expressed interest in raising additional funds to offset organizational expenses, but it is too early to speculate on those costs at this time, since CICA itself has not existed long enough to have completed any formal planning process for the future. The information contained in this FAQ document represents the work done to date by CICA’s acting leadership.

Council on Aging, Silicon Valley (COA), a non-profit area agency located in San Jose, CA has agreed to serve as CICA’s fiscal agent until CICA achieves its nonprofit tax identification number. COA also served as CAPA’s fiscal agent during its start-up phase and brings a solid, fiscally responsible track record to assist CICA is its financial activities until such time as this relationship is determined to no longer be necessary. When an AC or GB determines it would like to join CICA, dues are payable to Council on Aging for CICA membership. Please see the membership information for more details about dues and payment.

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What happens if an AC/GB does NOT join CICA?

If an AC/GB does not join CICA, it will not receive the full benefits of membership, such as reduced statewide and regional conference rates, CICA newsletter, and access to the CICA member website information.

 

There is no penalty if an Advisory Committee or Governing Board does not join CICA.

However, we believe that once you begin to participate, you will want to financially support this statewide collaborative organization. CICA is dedicated to improving the IHSS program overall, and contributing ideas and expertise aimed at improving local Advisory Committees and Governing Boards. CICA’s acting leadership certainly hopes all AC/GBs in California will join and work together to build CICA, and improve life for seniors and those with disabilities in our state.

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Can CICA lobby?

CICA is not a lobbying organization. There is no money for lobbying in CICA’s budget. Its Articles of Incorporation provide that CICA is, “organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.” This means that no substantial part of its activities may be devoted to influencing legislation.

 

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