Benefits of Membership
What does Adult Family Home Council do for members?
Benefits of membership in the Council are many. The most important benefit of membership is that as a member, you help drive the efforts of your organization. Members elect the board of directors and the local chapter leadership. Those elected positions determine how the Council will operate, invest member dues, and guide staff efforts. Another benefit of membership is the more members that participate, the greater the resources the Council has to advocate and invest in all Council members. Here are a few additional benefits of membership
The Adult Family Home Council is charged with negotiating the collective bargaining agreement between the state all adult family homes receiving Medicaid payments. This advocacy is directed by Council members for the benefit of all adult family homes.
- Access to Council staff for direct Q&A with members seeking to understand a challenging situation or seeking clarity on the intent of WAC
- Support in the regulatory appeal process. We review RCS findings, help prepare appeals for informal dispute resolution and administrative hearing
- Provide access to one on one legal consultation
- WAC book and updates distributed to all members
- Regular meeting with RCS leadership team to address member issues
- Pre inspection support to ensure regulatory compliance
- Continuing Education through local chapter meetings
- Reduced rates for the Annual WSRCC Conference
- Special training partnership activities (example: Washington Dental Services Foundation)
- Assist members to become trainers for their own staff (including curriculum support)
- Navigating training requirements
- Notices about appropriate training in your area
- Online access to sample policies, letters and forms required to operate an AFH
- Online and print versions of best practice guides
- Free one day training events around the state
- Free Online CE courses for members and staff (Coming July 2015)
The Council advocates with the Legislature, DSHS, Department of Health, city/local governments, the Ombuds, insurance companies, families, social workers, nurses, and caregivers to promote the best environment for adult family homes to successfully provide quality care for their residents.