The main purpose of the SF IHSS Public Authority Mentorship Program is to assist and educate our consumers on the available resources and programs that will enable them to successfully transition into their communities and improve their quality of life.

In 2014, the U.S. District Court mandated the implementation of new Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, most importantly those regarding overtime for home-care providers. However, the U.S. District Court temporarily halted their implementation.

In 2016, the U.S. District Court ruled that the FLSA regulations should take effect February 1st, including those for overtime and travel time. Mentors from the PA's Mentorship Program will be spearheading training consumers on how to adjust to these changes, in particular, the filling out of timesheets.

The Mentorship Programs's Jini Maren and David Araujo at a recent symposium.

The Mentorship Programs's Jini Maren and David Araujo at a recent symposium.

At the same time, in collaboration with the PA's One-Stop Center, the Mentorship Program (now under Mentorship Program Coordinator Perry Vermilyea) has been partnering with Laguna Honda Hospital and USF's School of Nursing and Health Professions, Community Living Fund, Homebridge and other organizations on the Laguna Honda Community Transition Program. The PA Laguna Honda Program Liaison and mentors are assisting IHSS consumers being discharged from the hospital to transition back to the community over a 60-day period.

During the first half (30 days) of that time, mentors instruct the consumers on eight education modules designed to facilitate that move: Introduction to IHSS, How to Develop a Positive Relationship With a Provider, What to Do If Your Provider Doesn't Show and Introduction to the One-Stop Center, among others.

One-Stop Center Liaison David Araujo will be conducting timesheet trainings for IHSS consumers at our on-site center along with other trainings. The center will be open for older adults and people with disabilities for these trainings, various kinds of workshops and as an information/resource hub. In addition, it will hold off-site classes at various adult and senior centers throughout San Francisco.

The Mentorship Program and the One-Stop Center will provide a learning experience for San Francisco IHSS consumers that will not only enrich their lives but also allow them to flourish in the homes and communities of their choice.

Mentor David McClure encourages IHSS consumers and those who have used IHSS services to join the Public Authority's Mentorship Program.

For more information on the Mentorship Program and the Laguna Honda Community Transition Program, please call Perry Vermilyea at (415) 593-8136. For more information on the One-Stop Center, please contact David Araujo at (415) 593-8135.