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AB-1513 Registered home care aids: disclosure of contact information.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/19/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 05, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1513


Introduced by Assembly Member Kalra

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 1796.29 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to home care services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1513, as amended, Kalra. Home care services: registry. Registered home care aids: disclosure of contact information.
Existing law establishes the Home Care Services Consumer Protection Act, which provides for the licensure and regulation of home care organizations, as defined, by the State Department of Social Services, and for the registration of home care aides. Existing law The act requires the department to take certain actions with regard to the administration of the home care aide registry by establishing and maintaining the establish and maintain a registry of registered home care aides and home care aide applicants on the department’s Internet Web site, as provided, and updating the home care registry upon receiving notification from a home care organization that an affiliated home care aide is no longer employed by the home care organization. provided. The act prohibits the registry on the Internet Web site from providing any additional, individually identifiable information about a registered home care aide or home care aide applicant. Existing law authorizes the department to maintain additional information for registered home care aides or home care aide applicants, as necessary for the administration of the act, but prohibits the department from making that information publicly available on the registry.
This bill would require the department to maintain, and provide upon request as a public record, a current list of all registered home care aides that includes the information on its Internet Web site and the aide’s address and telephone number, unless the aide requests that his or her contact information not be disclosed. maintain a current list of all registered home care aides that includes the information on the Internet Web site registry and each registered home care aide's address and telephone number on file with the department and further require the department to provide this list, upon request, to a governmental or non-profit entity that provides training, educational classes, and other specified services to registered home care aides. The bill would also require the department to establish a procedure for registered home care aides to request that their contact information not be disclosed. disclosed in this manner.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 1796.29 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

1796.29.
 The department shall do all of the following in the administration of the home care aide registry:
(a) Establish and maintain on the department’s Internet Web site the registry of registered home care aides and home care aide applicants.
(1) To expedite the ability of a consumer to search and locate a registered home care aide or home care aide applicant, the Internet Web site shall enable consumers to look up the registration status by providing the registered home care aide’s or home care aide applicant’s name, registration number, registration status, registration expiration date, and, if applicable, the home care organization with which the affiliated home care aide is associated.
(2) The Internet Web site shall not provide any additional, individually identifiable information about a registered home care aide or home care aide applicant. The department may request and may maintain additional information for registered home care aides or home care aide applicants, as necessary for the administration of this chapter, that shall not be publicly available on the home care aide registry.
(b) Update the home care registry upon receiving notification from a home care organization that an affiliated home care aide is no longer employed by the home care organization.

(c)Maintain, and provide upon request as a public record, a current list of all registered home care aides that includes the information on the Internet Web site and the aide’s address and telephone number on file with the department, unless the aide has requested that his or her contact information not be disclosed. The department shall establish a procedure by which home care aides may request that their contact information not be disclosed.

(c) (1) Maintain a current list of all registered home care aides that includes the information on the Internet Web site and each registered home care aide’s address and telephone number on file with the department. The list shall not contain the contact information of a registered home care aide who has requested his or her contact information not be disclosed pursuant to paragraph (2). Notwithstanding any other law, the list shall be provided upon request to a governmental or non-profit entity that provides training, educational classes, or other resources to registered home care aides to improve the quality of care, provides professional development training or support resources for registered home care aides, or provides services to assist registered home care aides obtain additional clients.
(2) The department shall establish an opt-out procedure by which a registered home care aide may request that his or her contact information on file with the department not be disclosed in response to a request described in paragraph (1).