Burke Introduces Bill to Expand Consumer Protections in the Home Care Industry

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AB 1054 requires home care providers that contract with the state to obtain licensure and use background checks for their workers

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1054 to extend the consumer protections in the home care industry to include providers that contract with the state for the care of some of California's most vulnerable residents. The bill requires home care providers that serve individuals living with developmental disabilities to be licensed by the state and meet training and background check requirements for their staff.

"Thousands of frail Californians depend on home care services every day," said Assemblywoman Burke. "AB 1054 closes a loophole and ensures that all home care consumers have access to safe, reliable care in their own homes."

AB 1054 builds on the protections put in place by AB 1217 (Lowenthal) in 2013 which required all private home care agencies to be licensed and required all caregivers employed by the agency to pass a criminal background check, complete basic training, and pass a tuberculosis screening test. While the majority of home care agencies were covered by the provisions of AB 1217, those that contract with the Department of Developmental Services were exempt.

"ULTCW strongly believes that seniors and persons with developmental disabilities deserve equal protection and quality care in California; the Home Care Services Consumer Protections Act of 2015 will safeguard this population by requiring commercial home care providers that contract with the state to abide by the same licensure criteria as all other private pay home care organizations," said Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU-ULTCW. "This is a simple measure that closes an unintended gap in protection for this population of seniors and persons with developmental disabilities.

If passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Brown, the provisions of the bill go into effect on January 1st, 2016.

Assemblywoman Autumn R. Burke represents the 62nd Assembly District, which consists of the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena as well as the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and parts of Del Rey. Additionally, the 62nd Assembly District includes the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.

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