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This is a link to our new Facebook page with up-to-date information about important news and events.


by Cara Padilla-Nalagan, MSN, BSN, RN


FLSA Overtime Regs Update!

California is moving ahead to meet federal regulations that require the payment of overtime wages for certain home-care workers (including IHSS providers) who work more than 40 hours in a work week. Following consultation with consumers advocates and unions representing providers, the payment of overtime wages in biweekly payrolls will begin February 1, 2016. For more informaton, please see the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) statement on the implementation of these FLSA regulations under Resources below. Also, please see SEIU Local 2015's FAQs on the FLSA regulations and their upcoming implementation. This guide for home-care providers on overtime, wait time, travel time and new timesheets can be found under Resources below.

New! Registry & on-call factsheets

For a little history, stats and description of services provided by both PA programs, check out the factsheets (in English, Spanish and Cantonese) under Resources below.

PA FY 2014-15 Annual Report

Our Annual Report is under Resources below. Inside you will find E.D. Kelly Dearman's Letter from the Director on the cover, an updated list of our services, various facts and statistics about us and our programs, and a Program Revenue and Costs section, among other items. Enjoy! 

Over 20 years assisting low-income older adults and people with disabilities in San Francisco to stay in their homes and communities.


next pa Registry open application period!

For those English-speaking candidates who are interested in joining the Registry: Our next open application period will be on Tuesday, January 12th, or Wednesday, January 13th. Hours: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Please come by (832 Folsom Street, 9th Floor) to pick up an application. Applications must be picked up in person on dates and times specified. Call ahead (415-243-4477) to learn more about the requirements involved in becoming a home-care provider.


The PA Mentorship Program is recruiting new members. If you are currently using IHSS services, either as a consumer or a provider, you could be a valuable addition to our program, and you will be paid for your time. This is a great opportunity to work with the community and help other IHSS consumers and providers. Please contact either Tomiko Russell (415-593-8133) or Renesha Westerfield (415-593-8135) for more information.


Kelly Dearman,
Executive Director

November 2015

Kelly Dearman

Kelly Dearman

"The One-Stop Center is now open for business at the Public Authority! We invite all our consumers to come and see what resources we have available for you. I also want to encourage those of you who have some extra time to consider being a Public Authority mentor. In the spirit of "each one teach one," this is a great opportunity to share your experiences and tips with consumers who have recently joined the IHSS program. [If interested, please contact Renesha Westerfield at 415-593-8135.] Finally, we really want to keep in touch with you and updated on all the new rules and regulations affecting the program. The best way for us to do this is through email. If you would kindly give us yours, we promise not to bombard you with junk or SPAM. We will only send you important information about IHSS. If you would like to receive such information, please send your email address to my assistant at phoctel@sfihsspa.org." - Kelly Dearman

PA's 2oth Anniversary Party: A good Time Was Had By All!

From left to right: Maria A. Olivares, Joanne Holland, Tony Nicco, Marie Jobling, Patrick Hoctel, Traci Dobronravova and Donna Calame.

From left to right: Maria A. Olivares, Joanne Holland, Tony Nicco, Marie Jobling, Patrick Hoctel, Traci Dobronravova and Donna Calame.

Staff, mentors, On-Call workers, Board members, friends and colleagues turned out on Thursday, May 28th, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the PA's creation by the SF Board of Supervisors in May 1995. Many people who helped found the PA were in attendance and reminisced about their efforts to make the agency a reality. Former E.D. Donna Calame spoke about the agency's beginnings and its development, and current E.D. Kelly Dearman discussed new directions for the PA. All in all, the party was a chance for people to take a moment to honor the efforts that have made the agency what it is today and to look down the road a bit to what appears to be a most promising future.