Due to an increasing number of homeless people in California — many with mental illness — there is a growing need for safe and affordable housing to keep them off the streets, off the hospitals and/or jails, which if left alone, can be very costly to the State, cities and counties, and the hospitals in our communities.
There is also a growing population of Californians with developmental disabilities needing community-based housing and support as outlined by various home and community-based services. This need is further compounded with the closures of the remaining developmental centers in California.
An evolution in community residential care services, 6Beds Foundation (the Foundation) embodies the best of both worlds in supportive residential housing and Service Providers. Founded as a non-profit organization on March 2017 by seasoned veterans in residential care and advocacy, Gina Wasdyke and George Kutnerian, and backed by of some of California’s biggest Service Providers, the Foundation’s mission is to create residential housing and support for California’s most vulnerable — those with developmental disabilities, mental illness, physical disabilities and those with often higher acuity. In effect, the Foundation will help government agencies and various State organizations create person-centered housing and services in both licensed and unlicensed settings.
WHY THE FOUNDATION
On April 19, 2017, the Foundation was officially unveiled on Advocacy Day at the Capitol, hosted by 6Beds, Inc., the Foundation’s sister organization. 6Beds, Inc., an advocacy-based association of over 480 residential facility owners (representing over 2,000 California facilities) is the source of the Foundation’s statewide network of partnered Service Providers.
The Foundation’s core values are as follows:
- Individualized, person-centered housing and services.
- Team approach to deliver the best housing and services appropriate for the individual.
- Housing and support are delivered in a residential setting with a home-like environment, as most of these homes are part of the residential communities in California.
- Support is provided by experienced Service Providers in the areas of providing care for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, dual diagnoses, and those with higher acuity frail elderly.
- Contracting with the Foundation connects residents to the largest network of Service Providers in California — many of whom are members of 6Beds, Inc. The Foundation’s network of Service Providers own an impressive housing inventory throughout California. They also possess decades of experience and expertise in providing care and supervision — in both licensed and unlicensed settings — to Californians with developmental disabilities, mental illness, dual diagnoses, physical disabilities and higher medical acuity.
- Furthermore, every Service Provider partner will have the support of and full access to the Foundation’s resources in the various areas of operation, including full labor compliance by implementing the Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities, co-authored by Littler Employment and Labor Law Solutions Worldwide and 6Beds, Inc.
- Also available to its partnered Service Providers are the Foundation’s professional consultant partners — medical doctors, registered nurses, behaviorists, recreational therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nutritionists and many others.
PARTNER WITH US
Are you a property owner, Service Provider, administrator or caregiver looking to partner with 6Beds Foundation?
If so, please fill out the proper form(s) below and we will contact you within the 24 - 48 hours to explore the opportunities of working together:
Some of these government programs are as follows:
No Place Like Home Program
This program provides $2 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with mental illness. The Program takes a "housing first" approach.
Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63)
This program transforms the current mental health system using the "whatever it takes" approach. Current funding over $1 billion.
The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act of 1969
This is the California law that states that people with developmental disabilities and their families have a right to get the services and support they need to be able to lead a life much like people who do not have disabilities. A budget of $6.9 billion ($4.2 billion General Fund) has been allocated for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in 2017-18.
Assisted Living Waiver (March 2006)
Medi-Cal began paying for assisted living care for qualified aged and disabled residents in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Quaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma.