MARCH 18, 2020 - WEDNESDAY EARLY EVENING -
Cal OES - Please read and share the attached memo from Mark Ghilarducci (Director, Cal OES) broadly.
In the memo, Director Ghilarducci announces the establishment of the Cal OES Community Access and Functional Needs Advisory Committee, which has been created to better support integrated planning throughout the state’s emergency management systems. The Committee will serve as an official forum/mechanism for engagement and collaboration between Cal OES and the diverse cross-sections of the whole community. The Committee will be led by the Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN). The memo outlines important information regarding the Committee and the nomination/appointment process.
Justice in Aging - In-Home Services and Supports (IHSS), A Guide for Avocates (123 pages)
Bet Tzedek - The IHSS Companion, A User Friendly Guide to In-Home Supportive Services (15 pages)
In-home supportive services for individuals with cerebral palsy in California This is for reference, but good tool.
FUNCTIONAL INDEX RANKING FOR MINOR CHILDREN IN IHSS AGE APPROPRIATE GUIDELINE TOOL - This is a 1-page chart (March 27, 2008)
July 2019 Wages by County - Some Counties have just reached new agreements, will update when known.
CalFresh Stakeholder Meeting, February 27, 2020. Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/703981415635896321
Here are the state’s CalFresh expansion outreach materials.
Home Alone Report: This study builds on the landmark Home Alone study, which was the first national look at how family caregivers are managing medical/nursing tasks, such as managing medications, changing dressings, and other tasks in the home setting, that are typically performed by trained professionals in hospitals.
In-Home Supportive Services in the Workplace - AB-925 October 2004
New Medicare Cards Coming - Fraud Prevention
2018 US Senate Special Committee on Aging on Fraud - Avoiding Scams
California State Assembly Budget Sub-Committee Hearing Health & Human Services March 14 Agenda (47 Pages PDF)
SEIU 2015 2018-19 Budget Letter - Long-Term Care, Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), Waiver Personal Care Service (WPCS) Providers, IHSS Provider Enrollment, Paid Sick Leave Implementation
UDW Budget Request 2018-19 - Rescind the 7 percent across the board cut to IHSS service hours; Oppose Electronic Visit Verification (EVV); Fund LTSS Data Collection and Analysis; Expedite IHSS Provider Enrollment; Fund Health Care Benefits and establish an Employer of Record (EOR) for Waiver Personal Care Services (WPCS) Providers; Paid Sick Leave Implementation
AB 3200 Increase SSI/SSP Needs more sponsors
To raise SSI/SSP amount to match Federal Poverty Level in 2019 and bring back annual COLA to the SSP.
CCLTSS - Action Item: Budget Proposals
Attached is a slideshow from a webinar sponsored by the World Institute on Disability that I attended yesterday. It gives good information about climate change, how it impacts people with disabilities, and some adaptation strategies.
Morrison & Foerster Releases Helping Handbook for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires
The lives of thousands of people in Northern California have been upended by the wildfires that have damaged and destroyed homes, businesses, documents and lives. As those affected by the fire begin to chart a way forward, they, and the agencies that help them, desperately need information on a wide variety of topics that touch on the law.
Responding to this need, Morrison & Foerster has produced the 2017 Northern California Wildfires Helping Handbook. The Handbook gathers in one place up-to-date, practical information on subjects that include emergency housing; government benefits; insurance; FEMA assistance; replacement of lost documents; fraud prevention and many others.
The Helping Handbook is now available online in English and Spanish. We encourage the widest possible distribution of this resource. Organizations may request print copies in bulk by sending a request to email@example.com.
Reducing Personal Stress - this was taken from a book titled "The Caregiver Helpbook." It is to be used as a tool for recognizing the needs of the provider, as well as the recipient.
It is recommended individuals write their representatives and share your concerns.
AARP Health Care Advocacy Alert - Call your Senators
Training Brochures (CDSS)
CAPA Wage and Benefit Chart - September 7, 2016
Click here to review the CAPA Wage and Benefit Chart dated September 7, 2016. Charts are formatted to be prinited in landscape on legal size paper.
There are four tabs/spreadsheets:
- Overview of hourly wages, health benefits, tax deductions, effective & expiration datesof local collected barganing agreements, PA administrative rate, and union representation. We have added a column to show which region each PA is in.
- Health Benefits Information
- Other benefits contained in local collective bargaining agreements
- Description of County fiscal protections in ordinances and/or collective bargaining agreements.
WELCOME TO THE IHSS TRAINING ACADEMY (IHSS 101)
The IHSS Training Academy provides courses that are designed to enhance the participant’s
skills in completing individual assessments and authorization of IHSS services.
This three-day training has been designed specifically for IHSS staff that have been newly hired,
have limited IHSS experience, or require a refresher course. This course utilizes lecture,
discussion, group, and individual activities to deliver course content.
Click here for the 490 page Document
Pilot Disability Awareness Training Materials (February 21, 2017)
This material provided may not be in its final form. Check with San Diego University for updated material.
Alameda County Looking for Advisory Board Members
Hello Community Members and Friends,
We are soliciting nominations for appointment to the Public Authority Advisory Board (PAAB), the advisory body to the Public Authority for In-Home Supportive Services in Alameda County. Current Advisory Board members are listed on the Public Authority’s Web site at www.ac-pa4ihss.org. Advisory Board members have provided invaluable advice, commitment, and expertise to the Public Authority and to the In- Home Supportive Services (IHSS). Members serve two-year terms and may serve a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms, if desired.
****Starting May 2016, we are recruiting for the following four (4) position(s): Preference is to recruit candidates who have not served previously in the Public Authority Advisory Board. Approved nominations will be appointed and sworn in by a representative of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors
IHSS Consumer (Two positions available):
Current or former IHSS Consumers who reside in Alameda County. Two positions are for individuals 55 years of age or older.
Advocate for seniors (1 position)
One position is available for an Advocate for Seniors. Expertise can be in the area of public health/seniors, geriatric, or disability studies and senior services)
Non- Family Member Worker/Provider (1 position-vacancy January 2017)
One position is available for a non-family member home care worker/provider.
Application Deadline: Apply now. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applicants will be interviewed in June 2016 and are scheduled to join the Advisory Board in the fall of 2016 or no later than January 1, 2017 for a two year term. You will be contacted after receipt of your completed application by the Public Authority Executive Director, Florita Toveg-Maiki.
Packet Information Click Here! (7-pages)
California Collaborative for Long TermServices and Supports
February 26, 2016 - Minutes
I. Access in the Medi-Cal Program
Independent Access Analysis Required in 1115 Waiver – Lishaun Francis, Associate Director, California Medical Association
California Collaborative for Long TermServices and Supports
Letter: 2016-17 Budget on Aging and Disability - One-Time investments
Click here for the letter from the CA Collaborative containing our shared budget ”asks” for FY 16/17. The tone plays well into Governor Brown’s philosophy to dedicate the surge in state revenues in one-time investments in long term care services and supports. For IHSS, the Collaborative is requesting funding: (1) for CMIPS to move to 26 biweekly pay periods, and (2) allow the CCI health plans to use CMIPS to payroll extra IHSS-like services that may be authorized by the health plans.
Blind Advisory Committee Application
California is looking for members of the community to serve on its State Blind Advisory Committee. Below is an application and link to the Blind Advisory Board website.
Blind Advisory Committee (BAC) Website
Maximum Weekly Hours Calcutor (Santa Clara County)
The above link is self-explanatory and is used to figure out your weekly meximum hours. If you are unsure or have questions, please call your worker at your County Office!
Thank you, Santa Clara for this tool!
Partnership HealthPlan of California - Medi-Cal Specialist Directory
This directory is provided for those under Medi-Cal living in the Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Trinity Counties. Call for questions: (707) 863-4100 http://www.partnershiphp.org
Twitter Handles for CA Representatives
In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) Program Forms:
- SOC 295 (1/15) - Application for Social Services (14pt Font)
- SOC 295L (1/15) - Application for Social Services (18pt Font)
- SOC 332 - In-Home Supportive Services (Recipient/Employer Responsibility Checklist)
- SOC 341 - Confidential Report - Not Subject to Public Disclosure - Report of Suspected Dependent Adult/Elder Abuse
- SOC 426 - In-Home Supportive Service (IHSS) Program Provider Enrollment Form
- SOC 426A - In-Home Supportive Services IHSS) Program Recipient Designation of Provider
- SOC 821 - Assessment of Need for Protective Supervision for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program
- SOC 825 - Protective Supervision 24-Hours-A-Day Coverage Plan
- SOC 829 - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Provider Direct Deposit Enrollment/Change/Cancellation Form
- SOC 831 - Letter Explaining Direct Deposit
- SOC 838 - In-Home Supportive Services(IHSS) Recipient Request for Assignment of Authorized Hours to Providers
- SOC 839 - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Recipient Time Sheet Signature Authorization
- SOC 840 - In-home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program Provider or Recipient Change of Address and /or Telephone
- SOC 846 - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Provider Enrollment Agreement
- SOC 847 - Important Information for Prospective Providers about the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program Provider Enrollment Process
- SOC 858 - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Provider Notification
- SOC 862 - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Recipient Request for Provider Waiver
- SOC 864 - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program Individualized Back-up Plan and Risk Management
- SOC 873 - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program Health Care Certification Form
- SOC 874 - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program Notice to Applicant of Health Care Certification Requirement
- SOC 2243 - IHSS Recipients Notice of New Timesheets - Please Keep for Future Use
- SOC 2244 - IHSS Providers Notice of New Timesheets - Please Keep for Future Use
- SOC 2245 (2/15) - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Fraud Data Reporting Form
- SOC 2274 - In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Accompaniment to Medical Appointment
CDSS Page of forms click here
Phone numbers to check on Timesheet Status
IHSS Self-Service Line - Los Angeles County
IHSS Providers can get information about their timesheets and payment by calling the IHSS Self-Service Line at 1-844-800-9095.
To get your timesheet/paymnt information you will need:
- Your IHSS Provider Number (nine-digit number found on your timesheet/paystub)
- The last four digits of your Social Security Number
- Your eight-digit birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy)
This is to get the following information:
- Was my timesheet received?
- Has my timesheet been processed?
- Has my payment been processed?
- When was my payment sent?
- What was the amount of my last three payments?
Link to English and Spanish flyer click here
CARA Leadership Training, November 16 & 17, 2015; Due November 1st Senior Leadership Academy
Additional oversite needed of CMS's Demonstration to Coordinate he Care of Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries, December, 2015
For Review: New Toolkit for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries
Comments Due: Friday, December 11, 2015
November 25, 2015
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) isComments die: Friday, December committed to working collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure that beneficiaries currently enrolled in Cal MediConnect and Medi-Cal Managed Care plans have the information they need to navigate these plans and access quality health services.
As part of DHCS' longstanding commitment to working collaboratively with stakeholders on educational materials for the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), DHCS is releasing a draft Cal MediConnect Beneficiary Toolkit for stakeholder comment.
This comprehensive toolkit tells a cohesive story of Cal MediConnect, and also contains stand-alone fact sheets that cover various topics and aspects of Cal MediConnect and the CCI in more depth. For example, the toolkit includes fact sheets that address many of the questions currently enrolled and eligible beneficiaries often have, including:
•Can I keep my current doctor?
•How do I keep seeing my current doctors?
•How does Cal MediConnect help me get the care I need?
•What is a Health Risk Assessment and a Care Coordinator?
Many dually-eligible beneficiaries are new to managed care plans in general, so the toolkit also includes a fact sheet that helps explain some of the particulars related to managed care plans, such as the definition of a network/
This toolkit will help eligible beneficiaries understand their options and how Cal MediConnect may benefit them. It will also help these beneficiaries better understand how to navigate their Medi-Cal Managed Care plans if they do keep their Medicare as the same.
We hope this toolkit will be an easy-to-use resource for enrolled and eligible beneficiaries, caregivers, and stakeholders. It will be available online and used in outreach activities.
Please note that the current graphics and format are placeholders and draft. Prior to being finalized, these materials will be submitted to a graphic designer for stylistic improvements. They will also undergo a final literacy review to ensure that they meet readability standards and are not above a sixth-grade reading level. We also plan to do some informal beneficiary testing after stakeholders have had a chance to review and comment.
Please submit your comments, edits, or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, December 11, 2015.
You can find the materials here (PDF 17 pages). When adding comments to the toolkit, please use the "track changes" feature to indicate your edits.
As always, your participation is very important to us as we continue to implement the CCI. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your input.
services and supports (LTSS) through a managed care plan. As of September,
117,307 people are enrolled in Cal MediConnect, California’s demonstration that
integrates health care and LTSS for people who have both Medicare and Medi-Cal.
This fact sheet provides a program update since January 2015.
Who has a right to person-centered care?
When people are given the opportunity to choose where, how, and by whom they receive their care; and make their own decisions about their activities of daily living, and generally direct their own lives to the greatest extent possible, they have better health outcomes, more independence, and lead more fulfilling lives. This is at the heart of a concept known as person-centered care planning. With the support of the John A. Hartford Foundation, Justice in Aging released a report on the new Person-Centered Planning rules for Medicaid Recipients in Long Term Care from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The report, A Right to Person-Centered Planning, and an accompanying webinar, summarize the rights the new rule gives to beneficiaries as well as identifying for advocates where there are gaps in the rule and where more guidance is needed. Best practices in the states are also included to serve as models for advocates working to ensure true person-centered care planning is a reality for all.
I am so excited to share our two core CA4SSI advocacy materials with you. Please read this email and the documents, and let me know if you have any questions.
1. CA4SSI Leave Behind. This is to be shared with legislative offices, the administration, and anyone else you want to inform about the need to support SSI/SSP. We have included all organizations who signed onto the original statement. If your organization would like to be removed from this letter, please email me and we will remove you. If you need to be added please let me know that too. Otherwise share it far and wide!
2. CA4SSI Organizational Budget Letter Template. Please follow the instructions on this document to put it on your letterhead, add a statement about why your organization cares about investing in SSI/SSP, and email your letter to the addresses included on the document. Please send in your letters today!
Colleen and the Outreach Committee are working on an individual budget letter folks can submit online, and will send a link out to everyone when it’s ready.
Key Upcoming dates:
1. Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 March 11th: we need folks to testify! Especially Bay Area, Central Valley and San Diego. Contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com to help coordinate.
2. Assembly Aging & Human Services Informational Hearing March 17th: we are working to get public comment at this event.
3. Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 March 26th: we need folks to testify! Especially Los Angeles, Central Coast and Inland Empire. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org to help coordinate.
Thanks to everyone for your contributions to the campaign,
CICA Letter (PDF)
Andrew Cheyne | Policy Director
California Association of Food Banks
Important Date(s) for IHSS Recipients and Care Providers
December 15, 2014 & January 1, 2015
Recently, CDSS released a power point presentation to provide information on completing timesheets, how to report travel and overtime (allowed and disallowed), and shared various forms. The below lists the forms and provides links to them. NOT EVERYONE WILL RECEIVE THE SAME FORMS IN PACKETS MAILED OUT, if you have questions, ask your local IHSS program office!
This document also has a link to the power point presentation (click here) in PDF.
Forms and links due in your local IHSS Office December 15, 2014 (click here).
Training is being offered by the individual county for completing timesheets, click here to find your County's schedule of training dates. Training is optional, but has valuable information. If you have questions call your local IHSS Office!
Miscellaneous Legislative Information
AB-1522 Finance Bill Analysis - BILL SUMMARY: Employment: paid sick days
This bill, effective July 1, 2015, requires employers to provide at least three paid sick days for an employee
who works in California for 30 or more days in a calendar year, unless the employee was otherwise
represented by a collective bargaining agreement, as specified. This bill requires the Labor Commissioner
to administer and enforce these requirements and to meet other responsibilities, as specified.
REPORT OF PROGRAM INTEGRITY AND ANTI-FRAUD EFFORTS IN THE IHSS PROGRAM FOR FY-2012/13
This notice accompanies the release of the Report of Program Integrity and Anti-Fraud Efforts in the In-Home Supportive Services Program for Fiscal Year 2012/13 (45 pages).
On July 24, 2009, ABX4 19 required the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to establish a State and county stakeholders’ workgroup to address the key requirements pertaining to IHSS Program Integrity. The goal of this workgroup was to develop protocols clarifying State and county roles and responsibilities for developing uniform statewide protocols for the implementation and execution of standardized program integrity measures in the IHSS Program. One key aspect of this goal is data sharing, including county submission of fraud data, and CDSS’ compilation and analysis of that data for the purpose of improving the quality and the integrity of IHSS.
CDSS worked with counties to develop a fraud data reporting and collection process using the Fraud Data Reporting Form (SOC 2245). While fraud data was collected throughout FY 2011/12, the process was new, and the reported data could not always be interpreted clearly. Technical assistance was provided to counties, and the statewide data, from FY 2012/13, was compiled and analyzed accordingly.
Attached is the first annual Report of Program Integrity and Anti-Fraud Efforts in the In-Home Supportive Services Program, covering data from FY 2012/13 (45 pages). This report is available on CDSS’ website at: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/agedblinddisabled/PG3404.htm.
- CIMPS II Stakeholder Timesheet Presentation, July 29, 2014
- CAPA Chart on Collective Bargaining, Wages & Benefits, July 20, 2018
- Collaborating to Improve IHSS: Stakeholder Perspectives on Implementing California’s Public Authorities, By Janet Heinritz-Canterbury (April 15, 2014 posted)
- Protection & Advocacy
- California Welfare and Institutions Code
- Social Services Standards – IHSS Please take time to read thoroughly
- Social Services Standards – Out-Of-Home Care for Adults Please take time to read thoroughly
- El Dorado IHSS Advisory Committee Board Orientation & FAQ.
- Speaker Bass Names Assembly Committees
- San Bernardino Sun ad 1/21/09
- Dare to Care letter 1/14/09
- Talking Points State of the People 1/14/09
- SF Chronicle Op-Ed - Donna Calame 1/23/09
- IHSS functional index cuts final 2009
- 2009 Budget Summit Flyer
- IHSS Coalition letter on changes to the NOA 1/9/09
- Consumer Profile for IHSS Challenge
- CCA Pledge
- CCA Rally
- Provider Enrollment Form SOC 426 PDF
- Provider Enrollment Form FAQ
- 2008/2009 County Fiscal Letter
- IHSS Coalition Letter on NOA changes 4/1/09
- American Chronicle 3/28/09 (trigger cuts)
- News America MEDIA 3/30/09 (trigger cuts)
- CAP Action Leg Training Agenda
- Draft Coalition letter re. SB246
- Draft Coalition letter re. SB141
- Draft Coalition letter re. SB142
- Draft Coalition letter re. draft IHSS Provider Enrollment Form
- Follow up on provider enrollment form
- UDW letter on provider enrollment form
- FAQs Document
- Fraud Teleconference Invitation
- Napa County Community Forum Invitation
- Current IHSS Litigation Status
- Nunie Matta Shares His Story
- CAPA Litigation Chart as of 10/4/2011
- CAPA Medicaid Ad October 2011
- Budget Memo May 15, 2012
Community Choice Act 2009