What is Assembly Bill 1217?

On October 13th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act of 2013 (AB 1217). This Act applied to all home care agencies who provide non-medical services to clients who, perhaps because of advanced age or physical or mental disability cannot perform activities of daily living (ADL). It mandates the licensure and regulation of home care organizations, as defined by the State Department of Social Services, and the registration of home care aides (HCA) A.K.A. caregivers.

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When Did This Go Into Effect?

This Act went into effect and became law on January 1, 2016.

 

What is Included in the Act?

This legislation requires agencies to:

  • List HCAs in an online registry
  • Conduct background checks on HCAs
  • Provide five (5) hours of training for new

hires

  • Fingerprint HCAs for criminal background

checks

  • Obtain a license from the state certifying

their compliance with basic standards

 

How does this affect a person looking for home care?  

This Act was created to regulate home care organizations (HCO) to provide you with more security and higher standards of care and safety when you hire their services.  The state has an online registry of all licensed HCOs which shows you information like contact numbers, website, office locations; including more details about citations, inspections, and complaints. This registry is intended to help individuals like you and your family learn more about an HCO you might be considering. The law also requires that all caregivers employed by HCOs be registered as home care aides (HCA) and comply with all HCA requirements.

 

What happens if an agency I am considering is not licensed?

To protect consumers, agencies that are not licensed by the California Department of Social Services are not legally allowed to provide care until their license is approved. As with any violations of a law, there are penalties that will be imposed on agencies that are non-compliant.

Penalties include:

  • $900 fine per day for each day if not licensed by Department of Social Services
  • Attorney General may:

–  Issue a cease and desist order, which shall remain in effect until the individual or entity has obtained a license pursuant to this Act.

–  Impose the civil penalty; or

–  Bring an action against the individual or entity under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 17200) of Part 2 of Division 7 of the Business and Professions Code.**

 

**For more information on AB 1217, refer to the California Legislative Information website: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/

 

Note that the information provided in this article is strictly for educational purposes and is not intended to serve as legal advice, either expressed or implied. For all employment regulations, it is strongly recommended that you consult with your legal counsel.

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About Belina C. Nernberg, CEO and Founder

Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of a group of successful companies – 1Heart Caregiver Services, LA Jobs Employment Agency Inc. and Summit Medical Billing Solutions, Inc.

As the CEO of 1Heart Caregiver Services, one of the fastest growing in-home care service companies in California, Belina has been responsible for the company’s increased productivity and consistent profitability for more than 12 years. Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its short-term and long-term goals. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S.

Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 23 years, with 13 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina’s principle-centered leadership and strength in her ability to combine corporate talents pave the way for the company to achieve greater heights.

Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. In 2013, she was honored with the Los Angeles IMAGE AWARDS – an award given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts and entertainment.

In June 2014, she was also awarded the title of Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.” In December 2015, she was also the recipient of the TOPLA (The Outstanding Pilipinos in Los Angeles) Award for Leadership Excellence in Human Resources.

1Heart Caregiver Services is a certified member of CAHSAH and has been featured in Asian newspapers and other media publications all over the United States like Yahoo! News, Google, TV, radio and newspaper online due to its various accomplishments, corporate programs, and contribution to the senior care industry. Belina’s vision remains solid and strategic as the company moves forward in its goal of making a positive difference in the home care industry.

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