AB 1909 : In-home supportive services: written content translation.

Sponsored by UDW and authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (D-North Hollywood), this bill would have required the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide translations of written content into languages spoken by a substantial number of providers of in-home supportive services, as is required for materials for IHSS recipients. 

Current state law and regulations require CDSS to translate information notices and resources into the four most common languages spoken by IHSS recipients. However, no such requirement exists for IHSS providers. The result is that approximately 40 percent of providers across the state receive program instructions, timesheets, tax notices, forms, and other important materials in a language they do not primarily read or speak. If a provider is unable to understand the already complicated IHSS rules, it may jeopardize their pay and, ultimately, their job. 

Although the bill passed through both houses, it was vetoed by Governor Brown on September 30, 2018. CDSS has begun translating provider materials and AFSCME will continue to stay involved as they move through the process. 

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