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VICTORY! CCPU-UDW scores our biggest win and the whole country takes notice

VICTORY! CCPU-UDW scores our biggest win and the whole country takes notice

On September 30, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 378, our bill to fix California’s broken child care system. With that stroke of the pen, family child care providers got our collective bargaining rights and the tools we need to make positive changes for ourselves, our families and the children we care for.  Also known as the Building a Better Early Care and Education System Act, AB 378 will finally put decision-making power into the hands of those who know child care best: family child care providers. This landmark legislation grants family child care providers collective bargaining rights, which means that, […]

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Important Resources for Power Shut-Offs and Wildfires

Important Resources for Power Shut-Offs and Wildfires

In partnership with Governor Gavin Newsom, UDW is communicating the following resources to help our clients and loved ones stay safe in the event of planned public safety power shut offs. Governor Newsom just launched response.ca.gov, a website for Californians impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs. Here is a resource guide put together by the California Department of Health and Human Services containing useful tools, like a personal emergency plan that can assist you in preparing for future power outages. There are also tools online to track power outages in your area:  PG&E Southern California Edison SDG&E Nonemergency Hotline Individuals with […]

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Our bill to protect people with cognitive and developmental disabilities is now the law!

UDW-sponsored law is a first step towards making sure first responders have important information about people with disabilities in advance of an emergency For those of us that care for a client with cognitive or developmental disabilities, interactions with law enforcement can be fraught with worry. Will the police misunderstand unexpected behaviors as threatening and respond with force? Will they understand a person with dementia is easily lost and frightened? We all want to be able to trust authorities when we call 911, but there are so many police encounters with people like our clients that can go terribly wrong. […]

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In Memory of Myra

In Memory of Myra

UDW member killed by police highlighted at Governor’s bill signing ceremony On April 26, 2018, the Butte County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint of a woman acting erratically. Myra Micalizio, a 56-year-old UDW member who served elderly and disabled people in her community as a caregiver, had wandered into a neighbor’s yard while experiencing a mental health crisis. Within 20 seconds of encountering the unarmed woman, deputies had fired their weapons 13 times, inflicting lethal injuries upon the woman everyone describes as kind, gentle and childlike. Myra was one of 115 people killed by police in California in 2018—29 […]

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UPDATE: UDW is monitoring changing EVV plans closely

UPDATE: UDW is monitoring changing EVV plans closely

You’ve probably heard a lot about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), the new federal law that says every state must monitor caregivers in Medicaid-funded programs like IHSS or lose significant funding.  A lot of providers and clients have rightly been nervous about what that might mean for our privacy, so UDW has been working with the state for the past two years to ensure that California complies with the EVV law in a way that is minimally burdensome to providers and clients. With the input of UDW providers and others in the IHSS community, California came up with a system that […]

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