FAQ: AB 1217- Home Care Aides

What is AB 1217?

AB 1217, also known as the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act, passed in October 2013 requiring home care organizations (HCO) to obtain a license from the Department of Social Services (DSS). The law also mandates DSS to create and update a home care aide registry, and requires all home care aides who work for a licensed HCO to register with the state.

What is a home care aide?

An individual who provides help with activities of daily living or home care services to elderly or disabled people in the recipient’s own home

What are home care services?

Home care service are fellowship and protection, personal care, and/or health-related services. Examples include: keeping the individual company, dressing, grooming bathing, cooking, and tube feeding.

Do all home care aides need to register through the Department of Social Services?

No. Only affiliated home care aides need to register. Independent home care aides do not need to register.

What is an affiliated home care aide?

Any home care aide who is employed by a home care organization to provide home care services to a client.

What is a home care organization (HCO)?

An HCO is any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, or other entity that arranges for home care services by affiliated home care aides to a client.

Do I need to register with the state if I am an independent home care aide who is not employed by a home care organization?

No. Only home care aides who work for an HCO are required to register. Independent home care aides do not need to register, but it is recommended by DSS to register.

What is the benefit of registering with the state if I am an independent home care aide?

It provides clients a sense of security and is recommended by the Department of Social Services, but not required.

How do I become a registered home care aide?

You can register online at https://secure.dss.ca.gov/ccld/hcsregistry/About.aspx by clicking on “Registration”. You also must undergo a background check.

What is the cost for registering with the state?

There is a $25 fee for registering plus an additional cost of a background check.

Do I need to pay for registering with the state and getting a background check myself?

It depends. If you are an independent home care aide you have to pay for the cost of registration and background check yourself.

If you work for a home care organization, your employer may pay the cost for you depending on their company policy.

Do IHSS providers need to register on the State’s Home Care Aide Registry?

No

 

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January 6th, 2017