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.


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:   http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/hcbs-transitionplan.aspx.  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 hcbs.oregon@state.or.us 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
President

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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: http://seiu503.seiu.org/page/s/2014blitz

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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.

AGENDA LINEUP:

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

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.

SPECIAL NEEDS (ADA)
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 looss@seiu503.org, 503.581.1505, or 1.800.452.2146.

SMOKING
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.

DIETARY NEEDS
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 looss@seiu503.org, 503.581.1505, or 1.800.452.2146.

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Adult Foster Home contract ratified!

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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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SCHEDULED RATIFICATION MEETING IN YOUR AREA

SCHEDULED RATIFICATION MEETING IN YOUR AREA

Area Meeting Location Date & Time

RSVP to:

Eastern Oregon 

 

SEIU, Local 503 Office920 SW Frazer, Ste 120, Pendleton, OR

Wed, Aug 28

2:00-4:00pm

Denise Bailey

541.276.4983

Portland Metro 

 

Holiday Inn Express9707 SE Stark St

Portland, OR

Wed, Aug 28

11:00am-12:30pm

Rebeca Beeman 503.408.4090  Ext. 563

Washington County Pizza Caboose,3276 NW 185th Avenue

Portland, OR

Thur, Aug 29

11:00am-12:30pm

Rebeca Beeman 503.408.4090  Ext. 563

North Coast/Astoria Comfort Suites,3420 Leif Erickson Dr.

Astoria, OR

Wed, Sept 4

2:00-4:00pm

Rebeca Beeman 503.408.4090  Ext. 563

Yamhill County Red Lion2535 NE Cumulus Ave. McMinnville, OR

Thur, Aug 22

2:00-3:30pm or 6:00-7:30pm

Paul Groh

971.241.2375 

Marion/Polk Counties SEIU Headquarters1730 Commercial St.

Salem, OR

Mon, Aug 19 10:00am-12:00pm or

Thur, Aug 22

11:00am to 2:00 pm

Jennifer Snyder 800.521.3446 Ext 303

Coos Bay North Bend Labor Temple 3427 Ash St.North Bend, OR

Wed, Aug 28

10:00am-12:00pm

Jennifer Snyder 800.521.3446 Ext 303

Eugene/Springfield SEIU, Local 503 office488 E. 11th Ave

Eugene, OR 97401

Thur, Aug 29

11:00am-2:00 pm or

Fri, Aug 30

9:00am-12:00pm

Jennifer Snyder 800.521.3446 Ext 303

Roseburg 

 

Knights of Columbus Hall1069 Willow Street,

Roseburg, OR

Tue, Aug 27

11:00am-2:00 pm

Jennifer Snyder 800.521.3446 Ext 303

Linn/Benton Troop 3 Cabin1986 SW Allen St

Corvallis, OR

Wed, Aug 21

10:00am-12:00pm or 12:00pm-2:00 pm

Jennifer Snyder 800.521.3446 Ext 303

Redmond 

 

Sleep Inn1847 N Hwy 97

Redmond, OR

Tue, Sept 3

10:00am-12:00pm or 12:00pm-2:00 pm

Jennifer Snyder 800.521.3446 Ext 303

Bend SEIU, Local 503 Office925 SE Second Street, Suite C Bend, OR

Wed, Sept 4

10:00am-12:00pm or 12:00pm-2:00 pm

Jennifer Snyder 800.521.3446 Ext 303

Southern Oregon  SEIU, Local 503 Office1257 N Riverside #7, Medford OR

Thur, Aug 29th

12:00-2:00pm

Michael Jones

541.324.8159

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON’T FORGET: Ballots are due by 5pm on September 6th, 2013 at our Union Headquarters office or bring it to a ratification meeting near you!

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Tentative Agreement for a new Adult Foster Home Contract

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL Adult Foster Home Providers in Oregon!

July 31st was a historic day for Adult Foster Home providers.  After seven months of bargaining we reached a tentative agreement with the State of Oregon that makes significant improvements for Adult Foster Home providers.

Highlights of the contract include:

  • Restoration of the DD 6% rate cut retroactive to July 1st 2013:  DD providers will be brought back up to their October 2012 rates.
  • Rate Increases for providers
    • Senior (APD) Providers
      A 3.5% rate increase retroactive to July 1st, 2013 and another 3.5% rate increase July 1st of 2014.
      Increase the rate for “additional hours of service” from $10.20/hr to $12.00/hr
    • DD Providers
      In addition to restoring the 6% rate cut, DD providers will receive a 3.5% rate increase on January 1st 2014 and another 3.5% rate increase on July 1st 2014.
      Starting July 1st, 2014 2:1 rates will be increased from $9.50/hr to $12.00/hr.
    • Mental Health (AMH) Providers
      A 2.4% rate increase within 60 days of contract ratification.
      Movement towards a standard and consistent method of assessing AMH clients and setting rates.  This methodology should result in significant rate increases for many providers.
  • A more transparent client assessment process: Providers can now bring documentation like doctor’s orders, behavior plans and ISP documentation into client assessments.  This should help ensure more fair and accurate client assessments.  Providers will also now receive copies of client assessment documents fourteen days after the assessment is finalized.
  • Expanded Provider Rights: A clear and consistent process for addressing situations when providers are bullied or retaliated against.  Better access to information about the status of an abuse investigation.
  • Overpayment Improvements:  Providers will now receive written notification of an overpayment prior to any recovery efforts.  This notification will also include information about the Provider’s ability to negotiate a repayment plan.
  • RN Delegation:  Adult Foster Home providers who are licensed RNs will now have the opportunity to be paid $60/hr for completing RN Delegation services for clients in their own foster home.
  • Improvements to the Complaint Resolution Process:  Providers will now receive a written response acknowledging their complaint has been received and the expected timeline for an initial response.

Next Steps? You Decide!

The Adult Foster Care Bargaining Team unanimously recommends ratification of the agreement. You must be a member to vote. If you need a membership application, please contact your organizer or call the SEIU office at 1-800-452-2146.

Your 2013 SEIU Adult Foster Home 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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Victory for Oregonians with developmental disabilities

Big victory for SEIU care providers and Oregonians with developmental disabilities! Two bills designed to improve services for people with developmental disabilities passed the House and Senate and are headed to Governor for signing.

Senate Bill 559A, which will give people with developmental disabilities greater choice in comprehensive care placement, passed the house this morning 53 to 5.  Senate Bill 640A, which improves needs assessment and rate transparency, passed the house 55 to 3.

For more information about SEIU Local 503 care providers’ work to improve services for Oregonians with developmental disabilities, visit partnersfordignity.org

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AFH bargaining kicks off!

Our elected Adult Foster Home Bargaining Team met with the State on January 25th to start negotiations for our next union contract. Starting next week, the newly elected Oregon Legislature will convene at the Capitol. Our advocacy in protecting funding for seniors and people with disabilities will be critical. Click here to join us for SEIU Lobby Days.
During our first bargaining session with the State, we accomplished the three goals we set out for the day:
1) We made clear to the State that our priority for bargaining is to protect services and make improvements that help providers, the individuals we serve, and all Oregonians;
2) we reached agreement on bargaining ground rules with the State that will mean a more expedited timeframe for bargaining; and
3) we secured additional bargaining dates.  Our next bargaining session is coming up on February 12th
Over the coming weeks, our Bargaining Team will be using input from other AFH providers to help determine our priorities for bargaining.  Make sure you stay tuned and involved. Our ability to protect funding for our services at the Capitol and win a good contract is based on how many of us participate and take action. We’re in it together—for all Oregonians!
Our ability to win is based on your involvement. Don’t forget to sign up for a Lobby Day.  See you in Salem!
Our 2013 SEIU Bargaining Team
Jamie Borzy, Independence
Lana Eszler, Milton Freewater
Bruce Greer, Portland
Paul Groh, Dayton
Roxanne Hazen, Cottage Grove
Kathleen Howard, Gold Hill
Michael Jones, Medford
Patricia Jones, Dallas
Stephanie Krohn, Rogue River
Clara McPhee, Medford
Deffo Mebrat, Gresham
Amelie Noel, Woodburn
Rick Rose, Warrenton
Debbie Schreiner, Sutherlin
Leah Silaev, Clackamas
Karla Spence, Salem
Abyssinia Trent, Keizer
Regina Valentine, Richland
Erin Whitsett, Roseburg
Katie Coombes, SEIU Staff
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Congratulations to the 2013 Adult Foster Home bargaining team!

Congratulations to the elected AFH bargaining team!

District 1:

Lana Eszler-Team Member

Regina Valentine- Alternate

District 2:

N/A

District 3:

Kathleen Howard- Team Member

N/A- Alternate

District 4:

N/A

District 5:

Debbie Schriener- Team Member

Erin Whitset- Alternate

District 6:

Abbysenia Trent- Team Member

Amalie Noel- Alternate

District 7:

James “Rick” Rose- Team Member

Jaime Borzy- Alternate

District 8:

N/A

District 9:

Deffo Mebrat- Team Member

Vince “Bruce” Greer- Alternate

Licensing Group Team Members:

Developmental Disabilities: Paul Groh

Aging and Physical Disabilities: Patty Jones

Relative Provider: Karla Spence

Addictions and Mental Health: N/A

Debbie Schriener- Team Member

Erin Whitset- Alternate

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