SFIHSS Public Authority Facebook
This is a link to our new Facebook page with up-to-date information about important news and events.
A message from Kelly
E.D. Kelly Dearman talks about the PA's upcoming 20th anniversary and associated events.
FLSA Court Decision!
On Friday, August 21st, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that home health workers were entitled to the right to receive overtime pay and minimum wage rates. This decision allows California to implement a law passed last year granting overtime pay to IHSS workers. The law has been on hold during the court review. However, overtime implementation will not take place until the appeals process has been exhausted, probably for several months. If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to take up the case, the process may run well into 2016. In the meantime, everything remains the same. Please check back here for further updates.
New! Registry & on-call factsheets
For a little history, stats and description of services provided by both PA programs, check out the factsheets 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!
Assisting low-income older adults and people with disabilities in San Francisco to stay in their homes and communities.
Restoration of 7% IN IHSS Service HourS!
IHSS consumers & providers: On June 19th, the California State Legislature passed, as expected, a revised budget bill. The bad news is that nearly all the spending increases approved by the Democrats in their version of the bill were eliminated. The good news, at least for IHSS consumers and providers, is that the restoration of 7% in IHSS service hours survived the elimination process and will take effect July 1st (and be good for at least one year). The 7% across-the board cut for IHSS recipients was part of a lawsuit settlement in March 2013 that stopped a much more severe cut.
"It's been just a year since I've come aboard the Public Authority, and it's been a great time. A huge thank you is due the mentors who worked so hard to train IHSS consumers on the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules. Even though those rules are not being implemented, the mentors are now diligently developing training modules for our consumer One-Stop Center opening in the summer! More details as we get closer to the date." - Kelly Dearman
PA's 2oth Anniversary Party: A good Time Was Had By All!
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.