2016-17: CWDA Works with Coalitions on IHSS Issues

Coalition Work

CWDA is working with two coalitions to address two IHSS budget proposals: 1. the implementation of the Fair Labor Standards Act as it applies to IHSS, and 2. opposition to the Administration’s proposal to adjust the county IHSS Maintenance of Effort for all increased costs of contracts in counties in the contract mode.

Making FLSA Work in IHSS: Improving Outcomes for All

Several organizations have joined together to request consideration of necessary statutory changes to support the implementation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as it applies to the In-Home Support Services (IHSS) Program. These changes are needed to enable IHSS consumers and providers to comply with the new mandates and reduce possible harm that may result absent these changes. Organizations jointly submitting concerns, include CWDA, the California Association of Public Authorities for IHSS (CAPA), California State Association of Counties (CSAC), Congress of California Seniors, Disability Rights California, SEIU California, UDW/AFSCME. Together, they submitted the following letters identifying specific areas of needed changes and these changes are presented in order of what the organizations believe are the priority areas to be addressed.

Contract Mode Adjustments to IHSS MOE Trailer Bill Language – OPPOSE

CWDA, CSAC, and CAPA have issued joint letters expressing opposition to the Administration’s proposed trailer bill language (TBL) that would adjust the county IHSS Maintenance of Effort (MOE) for all increased costs of contracts in counties in the contract mode. This TBL would inappropriately shift to counties additional costs that are already covered by the IHSS MOE adjustment formula. As described in the following letters, the organizations are requesting rejection or adoption of a modified version of this TBL.