Public Authority News

New Hotline Available to Help California’s Most Vulnerable During Power Shutoffs

SACRAMENTO – As utility-initiated Public Safety Power Shutoffs continue to impact residents across California, a non-emergency hotline has been established to help medically vulnerable Californians and health and community care facilities find resources in their communities during power shutoffs.

The hotline is (833) 284-3473.

The hotline, which was established by CHHS and its Departments, will provide information about resources available during public safety power shutoffs. During power shutoffs or potential power shutoffs, hotline assistance will be available 9:00am-9:00pm. Assistance is available in many languages. 711 Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) are available for individuals with hearing or speech related disabilities. You can find more information on 711 TRS here.

Individuals experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency should call 911. Individuals who need medical services or a medication should call their health plan’s member services number. Individuals who have a problem getting services or assistance with their health care can contact the Department of Managed Health Care’s Help Center at (888) 466-2219 or www.HealthHelp.ca.gov.

CHHS has also created a new online tool that allows individuals to complete a personal emergency plan. This is designed to help those with access and functional needs be prepared for power shutoffs. Also, a new consumer page provides various resources available for those in de-energization areas. CHHS has also created a data dashboard for local response partners to allow local governments, state agencies, and community partners to share information to better plan and respond to power shutoffs. This data dashboard includes information related to individuals with durable medical equipment, healthcare facilities, community care facilities, weather, and utilities.

The State of California is taking additional actions to help medically vulnerable individuals.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 2018, it was estimated that more than 265,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. It’s the second-leading cause of cancer death in American women (after lung cancer).

For now, the best way we have to find breast cancer early – when it’s small and has not spread – is for women to get regular mammograms and continue to do so as long as they’re in good health.
• Women between the ages of 40 and 44 can choose to get a mammogram every year.
• Women ages 45 to 54, should get mammograms every year.
• Women 55 and older should switch to getting mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 more years.

In addition, women can take these steps to help lower their risk of breast cancer:
• Get to and stay at a healthy weight.
• Stay active.
• Those who drink should limit alcohol to no more than one drink a day.

If you know someone facing breast cancer, tell them that the American Cancer Society is there to help them every step of the way. They offer access to free transportation and lodging when treatment is away from home, and can provide one-on-one support from breast cancer survivors who have had similar diagnoses and treatment plans.

The American Cancer Society also funds and conducts research that helps us better understand, prevent, and find cures for breast cancer – and all cancers. In fact, the American Cancer Society has been a part of many major cancer research breakthroughs in recent decades.

During October, they remind women about the importance of breast health and celebrate the progress we’ve made. You can help!
Support their organization by participating in one of the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” nationwide events, speak out to increase funding for programs that give all women access to mammograms and treatment, or simply remind the women in your life to get regular mammograms.

For more information, visit the American Cancer Society website at cancer.org/breastcancer, call them at 1-800-227-2345, or download the attached document for more information (add link to PDF Document here).

Adapted from the American Cancer Society website.

Alzheimer’s San Diego’s “Walk4ALZ”

The Walk4ALZ is San Diego’s largest Alzheimer’s walk. It’s the only Alzheimer’s walk where 100% of every dollar raised stays in San Diego to support free services for families and local research for a cure.

Thousands of people participated in the October 2018 walks at Oceanside Pier and Balboa Park. The 2019 Walk4ALZ have been scheduled as follows:

Save the date 2019:

  • Oceanside Pier – October ???? (tentative)
    Check-in 2:30PM |Opening Ceremony 3:30 PM | Walk 4:00PM
  • Balboa Park – October ????
    Check-in 6:30AM |Opening Ceremony 7:30 AM | Walk 8:00AM

To learn more about the walk or how you can support Alzheimer’s San Diego’s mission by making a donation to the cause, please visit their website at http://www.alzsd.org/walk4alzhome or call their office at 858-492-4400.

Sign up for direct deposit!

Do you want to avoid mail delays, or risk losing your paycheck in the mail? Direct deposit is the best way to ensure you receive your payment as an IHSS provider quicker. To enroll in direct deposit, call 1 866 376-7066, option #2. You may also visit the cdss.ca.gov website and print form SOC 829, and mail it to the address on the form. If you are enrolled in the Electronic Services Portal, you may also choose Direct Deposit from the main menu.

 

Have questions about completing your timesheets?

The Provider Enrollment and Training Department (PEAT) is here to help you.

Call PEAT for an appointment to receive your personal ‘one-on-one’ assistance.

We will answer your questions and assist you with completing your timesheets, so that you can be paid for authorized hours and avoid violations.

Call the Provider Enrollment and Training Department: (866) 351-7722