The Committee office constantly reviews bills for their impact on the practice of Christian Science. Two bills we are monitoring closely will impact a person who is using Christian Science nursing. These two bills are Assembly Bill 899 (AB 899) and Senate Bill 411 (SB 411). AB 899 provides for the licensure and regulation of home care organizations. It imposes various licensure requirements on such organizations and imposes civil penalties on individuals or entities that operate an organization without a license. It also requires an organization to provide a client with specified information before arranging for provision of services, requires distribution to a client of an advanced directive policy, and requires background clearances for home care aides, including certain medical clearances.
This bill establishes the Home Care Services Act to license and regulate home care services for the elderly, frail, and persons with disabilities. Specifically, this bill:
1) Requires that home care services cannot be provided to a client unless the individual or entity first obtains a license from the Department of Social Services (DSS).
2) Defines home care services as non-medical services such as bathing, dressing, feeding, exercising, personal hygiene, assisting with self-administered medication, meal preparation, laundry and companionship.
3) Establishes a maximum civil penalty of $400 per day for any violation of the act.
4) Requires DSS to establish procedures for receiving, investigating, and resolving complaints against home care services providers.
5) Requires DSS to make available on their web site a list of licensed home care providers.
6) Allows DSS to assess licensing, renewal, and other fees for home care providers sufficient to cover the cost of the program.
7) Creates the Home Care Organization Fund and continuously appropriates those funds for DSS to use in carrying out home care licensing duties.
Breaking News: AB 899 was not approved in the appropriations committee and is not being considered any longer. SB 411 is a companion bill to 899 and is moving through the senate. An amendment to include an accommodation for spiritual care in SB 411 is currently being reviewed by the legislative staff. We will be closely watching the status of this bill and will keep you updated.