Adult Foster Homes

Who we are…
SEIU Local 503 represents approximately 3500 commercial and relative adult foster home providers who provide Medicaid services in their homes to low-income seniors and people with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities. Services are provided 24/7 and include activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, mobility, toileting, feeding, medication management and cognition. Adult foster home owners provide services that allow their residents to live in a comfortable home setting with a sense of independence and dignity.

Addus Bargaining Update: Invest in front line care providers!

Our SEIU bargaining team met with Addus management on August 3 and 4, and we still have not reached an agreement for a new union contract. Main issues are down to wages and healthcare—and making sure Addus

Members of the 2015 SEIU 503 Addus Bargaining team.

Members of the 2015 SEIU 503 Addus Bargaining team.

invests in front line caregivers with the new state funding they are receiving.

Earlier this year, we did our work at the state capitol to lobby the legislature for more funding and we were successful. Our Union has been instrumental in Addus receiving increased state funding for four years in a row. Even though they will be seeing more money, Addus is still holding out on us on fair wages, and we need to make sure that money goes toward front line caregivers.

According to bargaining team member Lorna Burnell, “As a long time employee of Addus, I can’t believe we’re being treated like this. This is so disappointing and frustrating that Addus won’t agree to fair wage increases that would bring us closer to what other union workers doing the same work across the state are getting paid.”

Addus management also put a proposal on health care across the table that we feel might be illegal and not in compliance with healthcare laws. Bargaining team member Coleen Lawson said, “How can Addus Management think they can get away with breaking the law? I have to follow the laws in my daily life. How can they value their employees so little that management would rather break the law and pay fines than provide affordable health care to the care providers that are their employees?”

Our next bargaining dates are August 31 and Sept 1.

Our Bargaining Team (Sherriel Stiles, Lorna Burnell, Alexxa Gambaro, Debbie Crenshaw, Charlene Morgan-Stewart, Coleen Lawson and Tammy Scroggins) will be making calls to reach out to members asking for your support and letting you know how you can be involved.

Here’s one way you can show your support and get involved RIGHT NOW:
Click here to sign a petition to support your bargaining team in getting fair wages and affordable healthcare.

Your Addus Bargaining Team
Sherriel Stiles, Eugene
Coleen Lawson, Salem
Charlene Morgan-Stewart, Medford
Lorna Burnell, Eugene
Tammy Scroggins, Salem
Debbie Crenshaw, Medford
Alexxa Gambaro, Eugene

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AFH Bargaining: Some Progress…Some Set-backs

SEIU 503 AFH Bargaining Team members in discussion.

SEIU 503 AFH Bargaining Team members in discussion.

We were excited to continue momentum from our previous bargaining session towards settling a fair contract for all providers. We were especially encouraged by the major gain we made in standardizing and improving the Criminal Background Check process.

Unfortunately, we need to report a big set-back from last week’s negotiations. The State informed us that they believe AMH providers will no longer be part of the bargaining unit (ie, covered by the SEIU contract) starting in July of 2017 when CCOs take over payment. We are proud that our Bargaining Team sent a strong message back that this is unacceptable given how late we are in the bargaining process. We are having our legal team review this issue carefully.

Our message to the state was:

  • What is their solution?
  • We stand united as providers, no matter our licensing type!

We know that the work we do as AFH providers is important and we want to continue to provide quality care for the people we serve–and make it easier for providers to do the work we love. We still have critical negotiating to do and we hope you stay involved and informed as we proceed.

Be the first to know! Our bargaining team is so close to settling our contract. Click here to sign up for text message alerts and be the first to know when we’ve reached a settlement! Our next bargaining session is August 10th. Please stay tuned for more updates!
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Progress at the AFH bargaining table

After sharing initial proposals with the State, our AFH Bargaining Team is working hard to make progress towards our new contract.AFH Bargaining team delegation at HSB June 12, 2015

We’ve reached four tentative agreements and are hoping to agree on proposals we made that would make it easier for providers to do the work we love.

On June 12 a delegation of AFH providers–along with hundreds of other care providers–gathered at the DHS Headquarters in Salem to demand that our voices be heard. As AFH providers, we were specifically asking that the State’s Bargaining Team remove their “Force Majeure” proposal from our bargaining table as it is anti-union and would suspend our Collective Bargaining Agreement (i.e., our contract) if there was any state of emergency whether economic or environmental. It was exciting to be around so many other care providers and know that we are in this together and fighting for our residents and for our homes!

We know that the work we do as AFH providers is important and we want to continue to provide quality care for the people we serve—our most vulnerable citizens. We still have a lot to negotiate at the bargaining table and we hope you stay involved and informed as we proceed.

Our next bargaining session is July 16. Please stay tuned for more updates!

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Here’s what’s happening at your AFH bargaining table!

Our AFH Bargaining Team has made initial proposals with the State and we are making progress towards our new contract.

We reached two tentative agreements and put forth new proposals that would make it easier for providers to do the work we love.

Some highlights of the proposals we have presented include:

  • Fair cost of living increases for all providers and increases to the 1:1 and 2:1 rates.
  • A statewide criminal background check procedure that would be no cost to the provider, time efficient and give preliminary approval for staff.
  • Retirement plan that would be set up by the state and voluntary for the provider.

For more details on the proposals and the State’s responses, please click here.

We know that the work we do as AFH providers is important and we want to continue to provide quality care for the people we serve–our most vulnerable citizens. We still have a lot to negotiate at the bargaining table and we hope you stay involved and informed as we proceed.

Our next bargaining session is June 10. Stay tuned for more updates!


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Free Trainings for Paid and Unpaid Care Providers!

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Important information for AFH providers on new federal rule

New Federal Rule.  The federal government released a new rule earlier this year that will impact adult foster homes across three Oregon service systems:  Addictions and Mental Health, Aging and People with Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disability Services.  Implementation will phase-in over five years.  All providers must be in compliance with the new rule by July 1, 2019.

Resident Rights.  The goal of the new federal rule is to ensure that our residents enjoy the greatest personal autonomy possible.  Accordingly, resident rights must include the following:  (a) privacy in sleeping or living units; (2) lockable entrance doors, with the individual and appropriate staff having keys to doors as needed; (c) a choice of roommates for those sharing units; (d) freedom to furnish and decorate sleeping or living units as the resident chooses; (e) freedom and support to control one’s own schedule; (f) individual control of one’s activities and access to food at any time; (g) visitors at any time; and (h) the setting is physically accessible to each resident.

We will clearly experience big changes in how we operate our foster homes in order to meet the new federal requirements.  Each resident right is not, however, absolute.  For example, while diabetes is not an acceptable reason to limit access to food, a particular individual’s eating disorder may qualify for a modification of the 24-7 access-to-food requirement.

Individual Modification of Resident Rights.  Any modification to these requirements for provider-owned home and community-based residential settings must be supported by a specific assessed need and justified in the person-centered service plan.  Documentation includes:  (1) specific individualized assessed need; (2) prior interventions and supports including less intrusive methods; (3) description of condition proportionate to assessed need; (4) ongoing data measuring effectiveness of modification; (5) established time limits for periodic review of modifications; (6) individual’s informed consent; and (7) assurance that interventions and supports will not cause harm.

Stakeholder Group.  The Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority created a Home and Community-Based Services Transition Stakeholder Group.  Two stakeholder meetings have been held to date.  Chief Steward Roxanne Hazen-Sharp (an APD provider) and I (president of our local and a mental health provider) have attended both of these meetings.  Member Robert Nash (a developmental disabilities provider) will join us at future stakeholder meetings. SEIU representatives will attend future meetings to ensure that our needs are considered throughout this process.

Oregon Draft Transition Plan and Global Scorecard.  What role can providers play in the upcoming changes to the manner in which we operate our foster homes?   We can offer our comments.  The State of Oregon is required to submit a transition plan to the federal government in October.  A draft of Oregon’s Home and Community-Based Services Setting Transition Plan and an internal, initial evaluation of all settings licensed by AMH and by DHS’ Office of Licensing and Regulatory Oversight (OLRO) on behalf of APD and ODDS are available  for your review at:  The State must receive our comments no later than October 5, 2014 in order to finalize the Transition Plan and submit it to the federal government on time.  Please email your comments to or send via postal mail to :

HCBS Transition Plan Comments
500 Summer Street NE, E09
Salem, Oregon 97301

Our ultimate compliance with this new law is essential.  Should the State of Oregon fail to comply, the state will lose federal matching funds–and currently over 60% of our service pay is federal matching money.

Thank you for your kind (and prompt!) attention to this matter.

In Unity,

Michael Jones

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Protecting residents from financial exploitation

Protecting residents from  financial exploitation:  A manual for assisted living and nursing facilities (pdf download)

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We’re on the move! Sign up for the SEIU Local 503 Campaign to Build Voter Power

This summer, SEIU care providers will once again take the state by storm! From Bend to Lincoln City and Eugene to Medford, care providers are planning to reach out to fellow workers to sign them up for membership, build political power through our union’s political fund (CAPE), register voters in key legislative districts, and invite them to volunteer with our union. In 2012, 39 member leaders participated in the blitzes, and together we knocked on 2,011 doors, signed up 254 new members and 202 CAPE contributors, and registered 92 new voters through weekend visits to communities across the state.

Will you join us? Whether you can come out for the whole weekend or just devote a day or a few hours, it all makes a big difference. We’ll feed you, train you and pair you up with someone who has knocked on doors before. Lodging provided for folks traveling more than 75 miles. Blitzes scheduled throughout the state on weekends: Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Register here to participate:

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Campaign for Oregon’s Seniors & People with Disabilities Lobby Day February 5th, 2014

Join the Campaign for Oregon’s Seniors & People with Disabilities to advocate for Oregon’s home and community-based services and overall long-term care system at the Capitol in Salem.  SEIU continues to be a strong voice at the Capitol.  Bring your friends, family and neighbors.

Click here to register for the Lobby Day.

WHO: You and other Advocates

WHAT: Campaign for Oregon’s Seniors & People with Disabilities Lobby Day

WHEN:   Wednesday, Feb. 5th – 8:00 a.m. until around 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Oregon Capitol Building, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

WHY: Because we care— and SEIU members play a critical role in advocating at the bedside and at the State Capitol!

REGISTRATION NOTE: We are matching attendees with your elected legislators for your area to schedule meetings—please register as soon as possible so we can set this up.

PARKING NOTICE: Free parking is available at the Mission Mill parking lot (located at 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301).  We will have shuttle transportation for people between the Mission Mill parking lot and the Capitol entrance regularly throughout the day.  All parking around the Capitol is set at $1.50/hour and is very limited during the legislative session.

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: If you have special dietary restrictions, please mark that on the registration form.  Lunch and light breakfast will be provided.


8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Registration/Coffee in the Capitol Galleria

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Talking Point Training/Room 50

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Talking Point Training/Room 350

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Informational Displays in Galleria

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Visit your Legislators

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch from Meals on Wheels

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Legislative Speakers/Room 50

3:00 p.m. Adjourn

Click here to register for the Lobby Day.

SEIU Lobby Days are our chance to impact the state budget and legislation by making sure that our voices are heard in Salem. In recent legislative sessions, member advocacy helped establish fiscally sound staffing ratios, restore funding for services for seniors and people with disabilities, avoid layoffs, and pass foreclosure protections.


Lodging will be provided at the South Salem Phoenix Inn with the Doubletree by Hilton (previously the North Salem Phoenix Inn) as overflow. Members traveling from more than 75 miles away are eligible for lodging the night prior to the event. Those who are unable to reach their residence by 9PM (including allotted one hour dinner break) after the meeting are eligible for lodging the evening of the event. One-half the total overnight room rate (tax included) will be covered for the individual member, thus room sharing is strongly encouraged. Any additional fees and/or charges (eg. single occupant, smoking, pets, and failure to cancel on-time) will be billed back to the individual member, excepting when they receive a single room at no fault of their own.  Members travelling with client(s) will not be charged for their client(s) lodging. For details, please reference AP&P, Article VI, Section 9, & 13.

The Doubletree and the Phoenix Inn accommodate individuals with disabilities. Members in need of special accommodations to participate in this event should contact Shoshana Loos at, 503.581.1505, or 1.800.452.2146.

The Doubletree is a non-smoking facility. The South Salem Phoenix Inn has only two smoking rooms available. Smoking in a non-smoking room/facility can result in fines beginning at $250.

A complimentary continental breakfast is available at the hotel for those staying overnight. Lunch will be provided at the event. While SEIU Local 503 strives to provide options that meet most dietary needs, members with specific/strict needs should come prepared with an alternative meal option for themselves.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE / CANCELLATION NOTICE: Registration and cancellation deadline is three business days before the lobby day. Members who register and fail to cancel in time, or do not attend may be charged in full for all costs incurred on their behalf (meals, lodging, etc.)

Registration Questions?

Contact Shoshana Loos at, 503.581.1505, or 1.800.452.2146.

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Adult Foster Home contract ratified!

HC ratification victory 3 copy

We are happy to announce that the tentative agreement for our 2013-2015 union contract has been ratified by AFH members with overwhelming support.

We hope you share the pride we feel in the substantial improvements to the contract (Click here to view the contract), as well as in the unity and action demonstrated by members.  Thank you to all of the providers who lobbied, testified, phone banked, wrote letters, rallied and became members.

The next few years will continue to challenge us. We need to fight for a more stable state budget that will allow for the continued investment in vital services On the 2014 ballot, anti-union forces are putting forward measures that, if passed, would weaken our collective voice. As we navigate these challenges and prepare for contract negotiations in 2015, we must maintain the great spirit of solidarity—with each other, our clients, and all Oregonians—that propelled us to victory today.

In it Together!

Your AFH Bargaining Team,

Jamie Borzy, Independence
Michael Jones, Medford
Debbie Schreiner, Sutherlin
Lana Eszler, Milton Freewater
Stephanie Krohn, Rogue River
Leah Silaev, Clackamas
Bruce Greer, Portland
Clara McPhee, Medford
Abyssinia Trent, Keizer
Paul Groh, Dayton
Deffo Mebrat, Gresham
Regenia Valentine, Richland
Roxanne Hazen, Cottage Grove
Amelie Noel, Woodburn
Erin Whitsett, Roseburg
Kathleen Howard, Gold Hill
Rick Rose, Warrenton
Katie Coombes, SEIU Staff

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