Homecare Workers Call for Accountability in Respite System

SACRAMENTO- Homecare workers are supporting AB 1380 (Santiago), a bill sponsored by Local 2015 to improve accountability of the Department of Developmental Services’ (DDS) in-home respite program. The bill will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Friday, May 26th. The respite program supports individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and is funded by Medi-Cal.

“Taking care of our family members with disabilities is a 24/7 job. There is no rest of any kind. No vacation, no resting on holidays, and no sick time”, said Enrique Camacho, a Local 2015 member who relies on respite to care for his son who has severe autism.  “Respite hours are desperately needed and it is time to hold respite companies accountable for the public money they receive”.

AB 1380 would require DDS to conduct an in-depth review of in-home respite rates after a 2016 State Audit Report revealed that the Department cannot verify the appropriateness of its current rate for respite vendors.

WHO: Homecare workers, members of SEIU Local 2015 who receive respite services

WHAT: AB 1380, which would require DDS to conduct an in-depth review of in-home respite rates.

WHEN: May 26th– Appropriations Committee. If it passes the bill will move to the Assembly Floor

WHY: Despite the fact that California spent over $220 million on in-home respite in 2015-16, DDS does not collect cost reports from respite vendors to track how they spend these rates.

CONTACT: Zainab Badi (510) 693-7869, zainabb@seiu2015.org

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About SEIU Local 2015

With representational responsibility for over 325,000 home care and nursing home workers, SEIU Local 2015 is the biggest long term care union in California. It is our mission to unleash the collective power of long term care workers, their families, and their communities, harness the power of technology, and build a broad movement to disrupt the unjust status quo in order to bring lasting transformational change towards a more just society for all.


Press release


May 30th, 2017