Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act
The State of California has recently implemented a number of regulations that affect all home care companies that do business in California. Allways Home Care supports the new regulations as they are all important to our industry and help provide greater protection for home care consumers in CA.
Assembly Bill 1217 (Chapter 790, Statutes of 2013) established the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act (HCSCPA) which promotes consumer protection for elderly and disabled individuals who hire private aides to come into their homes and provide assistance with activities of daily living. Commencing on January 1, 2016, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will regulate Home Care Organizations (HCOs) and provide background checks of affiliated Home Care Aides (HCAs) who wish to be listed on the Home Care Services (HCS) Registry.
Currently CDSS is underway with implementation efforts and leading these efforts is the newly formed Home Care Services Bureau (HCSB) in partnership with the Caregiver Background Check Bureau (CBCB). HCSB will oversee the licensing and oversight of the HCOs and CBCB will oversee the background checks for the HCAs and will maintain the HCS Registry.
As part of these new laws, all home care companies in CA must obtain a Home Care Organization license thru the newly-formed Home Care Services Bureau.
Some of the primary requirements of the Home Care license include:
- Caregivers must complete 5 hours of company training prior to providing home care services.
- Caregivers must complete 5 hours of additional company training annually.
- Every employee must pass a fingerprint background check thru the Department of Social Services.
- Each caregiver employee must be registered in the new Department of Social Services Home Care Aid database.
- Companies must maintain current TB test for all caregivers.
- Companies must carry professional and general liability insurance policies and an employee dishonesty bond.
- Companies must have strict employment policies requiring caregivers to report any suspected incidents of Elder Abuse.
Allways Home care is in complete compliance with all of these new regulations and we look forward to the improvements these new laws will bring to California’s home care industry.
For more information about the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act, the new Home Care Services Bureau, or the new Caregiver Background Check Bureau, visit the California Department of Social Services website at: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/http://www.allwayshomecare.org/home-care-services-consumer-protection-act/Caregiver Training