tv Government Access Programming SFGTV October 6, 2018 2:00pm-3:01pm PDT
>> this is commission on aging and adult services. secretary, please do the roll call. it is gustavo serina is excused. vice president loo. >> vice president loo:. here. commissioner jerry wallenberg. >> commissioner wallenberg: here. >> silence all electronics and sound producing devices. >> vice president loo: before we start the meeting, i would like to introduce our newest commissioner, commissioner martha. would you like to say a few words about yourself? two minutes. >> commissioner knutzen: sure. thank you very much. my name is martha knutzen. i'm the new commissioner. i was honored to be appointed by
mayor london breed. i have been so interested in these issues ever since i was on the human rights commission when we had a hearing on lgbt senior issues. those were very unique issues at the time. from that moment, that hearing which was conducted in about 2003, led to the task force on lgbt issues in the senior community and then that in turn led to some really ground breaking legislation. and i was so great identified and it was so ironic to see that these items we had advocated for so many years, three of them are on the agenda today. i feel like i have done a full circle here in terms of the interest that i have. i bring to this commission anything that i have. it's a real honor for me to work for the city. i retired a couple of years ago
from the district attorney's office where i was a manager doing legal technology and i will bring that to it, if that's good. otherwise, i bring the education i have. i have a law degree and degrees in government and politics. and then i have been an active participant in the lgbt and democratic policy. i look forward to learning -- i have a steep learning curve here. so, upgoing to be lerng -- learning a lot of issues. so, i look forward to that and thank you to the director and all the commissioners who have been so well coming and i look forward to my service. >> vice president loo: thank you and welcome on board. unfortunately, i have a piece of sad news to announce. commissioner wallenberg is leaving us. >> commissioner wallenberg: i will be. >> vice president loo: we give
you two minutes to say parting -- [laughter] >> commissioner wallenberg: thank you. advice chair loo pointed out, it is with a heavy heart i will be resigning my post on this commission due to various personal and professional considerations. i want you to know it has been an absolute honor to serve with each and every one of you. i have learned a lot on this commission. i will continue to in my professional capacity and personal life work on these issues and i care deeply about the population that we serve on this commission and i will carry that forth and everything i have learned here. having been appointed by the late mayor lee also was something that was extremely special to me and i will never forget as well. so, it's been an honor to serve and i thank you very much. >> vice president loo: thank you and good luck with whatever you are doing. [applause] >> vice president loo: all right. item number two, approve of the
october 3, 2018, agenda. do i have a moeths -- motion to approve? >> commissioner wallenberg: so moved. >> vice president loo: second. approve. approval of the september 5, 2018, meeting minutes. >> commissioner wallenberg: second. >> vice president loo: okay. now we come to the reports. the director's report. >> yes. good morning, commissioners. i want to start by welcoming commissioner knutzen. it was nice to get to meet and talk with you last week and i'm very much looking forward to working with you on the commission and congratulations. and i also -- commissioner wallenberg, it is really sad to see you go. we certainly understand that you have other things that you have to deal with and you're really busy. but i think what i want to say
is we're holding you to your commitment to serve people with disabilities. i know from many e-mails and texts i have gotten from you all hours of the day you are really committed and you are energetic and we need that in the movement. we will be calling on you and asking you to help us. good luck. >> commissioner wallenberg: thank you. >> i just watched to start today by talking about a couple of things. i don't have a lot to report on. i know that diane will be talking about legislation. she will be talking about what the governor signed and vetoed, i'm assuming. i can help round that out. i will let her do that. but i want to talk about a couple of things. national celebrations that we had and are having. the first is in september we celebrated national employ older worker's week.
october is national disability employment awareness month. it gives us an opportunity to think about how we are serving older people and people with disabilities with respect to employment. i think over the past few years, we have really started -- as a department, we have started paying attention to employment issues because we have some fantastic advocates in the community who said these are really important issues and partly because the dignity fund has really helped us be able to think more broadly beyond some of the programs that we used to have that didn't focus as much on employment and we had the cesep program. we have been delving into that. i want to give you some employment stats to think about. over a quarter of older adults participate in the labor force in the united states. seen kwors -- seniors are more likely to remain active which i'm sure doesn't surprise anyone. it is the increased age
threshold for social vice president retirement benefits. and older adults experience fewer years of disabled years. reflect better health of younger, older adults today. and then there's the high cost of living. in addition to that as we often hear from people, there's really also that people want to remain engaged in the community and employment is often a way for people to do that. so, as we're thinking about funding programs and what that looks like in the community, it's really helpful i think for you as commissioners when you are the eyes and ears of the community. like what would that look like? what new kinds of ideas can we come up with? and then adults with disabilities under age 65 participate in the work force. but adults with disabilities are twice as likely to be unemployed as those without disabilities. this is something we need to
continue tackling as well. we need to figure out benefits and how to really embrace people in the work force and still have them get benefits that help them. even adults with disabilities who are employed are twice as likely to be in poverty as those without disabilities. we fund at dafn the reserve program which will serve 100 clients this year. we have smaller programs. we have a contract with the arc for janitorial services which is a great work force program for clients at the arc. we have a senior companion program and we have a daas community liaison which is two positions. this year we are going to be starting a daas em bas der -- m
ambassador program. that is my report. thank you. >> vice president loo: thank you. any questions for shireen from the commission? any questions from the public? speak up. okay. then we move on. employee recognition. the department of aging and adult service commission director shireen will recognize elvira from veterans service for her hard work and dedication. [applause]
>> good morning everyone. i want to start off first, elvi, by talking about the fantastic group of people you work with and we will get into what you are doing with the county veterans service office. we are fortunate at daas to have the county veterans services office. it is a small office and we don't talk about what you guys do very often. the county veterans services office sits within the daas benefits and resource hub. and martha huddle is the director there. at least the intake side of it.
and the county veterans services office really does a huge service to veterans. part of the issue and the reason the county veterans services office exists is because the va has benefits for veterans but doesn't do a good job making sure they get it. so the office helps to make sure veterans who obviously served the united states very well and who deserve their benefits because that's what they were promised, they help them get those benefits. that means sometimes veterans who otherwise would be getting benefits from the city can get off those benefits. so, rather than be on g.a. and things like that, they can get more money in their pockets. they can spend more money in san francisco as san franciscans which is better for the economic, better for san francisco and certainly better for the veterans. i think one of the other things that happens with the office is all of you who are working with
veterans have to have a lot of patience and have to have a lot of understanding and empathy. and i know from martha and from dorian, who unfortunately didn't get to be here today because he is in a training in los angeles, that you guys have that. you have that empathy and that's what it takes to work with veterans who have seen a lot. often have ptsd and just often don't feel understood in san francisco. so, i want to thank all the county veterans services office staff for what they do. elvi, today is your day. and i think dorian recommended you, but i think he also said to me that really anybody in county veterans services office could get this. you get to be representatived today because of the work you -- representative today because of the work you do. i know you worked in the philippines before you came to the united states and you had experience working with the u.s. department of veterans affairs
in manila. that's an interesting background that you brought to our office and we know that you came having a lot of veterans administration experience. since december 2013, you have been here and you used your 26 years of dedicated service and experience for our office and we really appreciate that. you have maintained a distinct active case load of over 1,600 cases for veterans and their families and this represents approximately 33% of the total active veterans cases that we have. you're the lead for the san francisco medical cost avoidance program, prevention and service fund program, all of which reimburse the county for workload units reported. these programs in just six months have generated a total of $1 million. and this is what i was talking about awarded to veterans that
help them come off the city benefits. we want to thank you for your dedication to veterans and to the office and to really just celebrate you today and thank you for your service. [applause] >> this is not just for me but for everybody. for dorian, john, lisa and the veterans serving in the armed forces. they are the future veterans we are going to serve. [applause] >> on behalf of daas and the daas commission, we present you with the employee of the month award for october 2018. [applause]
>> vice president loo: now we have the advisory report by leon schmidt. >> good morning vice president loo, commissioners, executive director mcspadden. the advisory council met on wednesday, september 19th. at that meeting, ms. mcspadden came and spoke to us about the work she was doing with the dignity fund and advisory council oversight committee and how funds will be rolling out for the next four years. the monies will include going to the nutrition program, senior centers and other community services and transportation.
there's an emphasis on distributing funds to all the community, through the needs assessment including the lgbt data and also to the communities of color and communities of adults with disabilities. we have a new member who will be coming on board from district seven, supervisor yee and he will be coming in our october meeting. also we had a presentation from ms. linda lao, daas staff person and she gave a presentation on the five types of nutrition programs funded by daas including home delivered meals, food assistant pantry program and the snap program and daas also supports the senior farmer's market nutrition program. also, the education committee
had a program in convention with san francisco state university on friday, september 28th, it was called daas community training and san francisco state silver lining election committee. it was called aging health and wellness in san francisco. the keynote speaker was california state senator scott weiner. presentations were given by san francisco state university professor darlene welltar, ms. gwen harris and a very great presentation by daas staff person, ms. valerie coleman. i would like to thank daas staff person melissa mcgee more really making this happen. she was -- for really making this happen. she was bringing that together
and our commission person, our council person, dr. marcia element. thank you. that's report. any questions? >> vice president loo: any questions from the commission? i have a question. who is a new member from district seven? >> rick johnson. his name is rick johnson. >> vice president loo: thank you. >> yes. any other questions? >> vice president loo: any other questions? any questions from the public? >> i did leave something out. our new taccc person is ms. diane lawrence and she will be giving her report. thank you. >> vice president loo: okay. thank you. all right. the taccc report. diane lawrence. >> good morning, commissioners. director mcspadden. i have two reports. we will start with the joint legislative which i had a lead-in for a few minutes ago.
we met on september 19th. deputy director jill nielsen give us a report on conserve tor ship and the impacts, what those would be if the governor signed sb-1045. as of that meeting date, the governor had not but he had since. that was very helpful. the governor had until sunday -- deputy director nielsen's report on conservetorship was good and helped us understand how narrow the focus of 1085 really is and set the stage in understanding all the codes that have been modified as a result of that bill. there were quite a number of bills to sign. my report right now will only be
on what we did through the 19th and then at our next meeting i will have the final wrap-up for the year. the senior legislature will be meeting in november, very early part, to come up with their top ten for next year. they are already starting to work on their proposals and gaining support from various legislators beginning to move. one of the issues that came up by the committee and we will talk more about as we move forward is keeping the board of supervisors informed of the bills we're tracking. that was commissioner pappas' suggestion and we discussed it. i think we probably need to put in place how because that was at the end of the meeting. but we all thought that was a very good idea because what are they interested in, especially since we'll have additional new board members coming in, in
january after the election next month. so, as of -- on the bills that we were tracking, one of the bills had been vetoed and that bill was on the managed care plans and informational materials. what we will be doing moving forward and that was having the materials available at least to sixth grade reading level. what you will be seeing in my report that bridge -- bridgette includes is a statement of what the bill -- how the existing law is and just a summary giving you all the detail on all the changes gets a little couple ber? and -- cumbersome and lengthy. we decided to save a few trees. that's what you will see. deputy commissioner kauffman and valerie coleman have been helping getting that done. so, situation bills were signed by the governor and that was definition of dependent persons,
domestic violence. these were all bills that we had been tracking. the funding and administering of the older americans act and that bill includes expanded definition of cultural and social isolation. registered care facilities for the elderly. that passed. revenue and expenditure reports and that would provide reimbursement for agencies. department and care abuse. if there are state mandated monies, those have to be included and the bill would require local law enforcement agencies and long term care ombudsman programs to include in
their manuals, specified information regarding dependent abuse. and also victim confidentiality. those are all been signed. waiting is the communication notifications from the department of emergency services. in home support of services and translations that would provide translation of written content that ties in with the other. the medical assisted living waiver program. that bill would be to get waiver of amendments on obtaining necessary federal approvals and on the federal financial participation. information on managed care plans. same as grabar bill is still pending and that language has changed significantly and the
bill would basically require that the state architect would review standards for public restrooms and propose to the commission updated standards on the required ambulatory accessible stalls and making them more easier to use and having grab bars to a reporting function. emergency notification and county jurisdiction. senator's weiner's bill had not been and his bill on prevention and early intervention and mental health, bills on prescription drugs and sexual harassment training is still pending. and then also a bill on also
halftimers -- alzheimer's and kwaubtd fi -- quantify at risk and the transportation companies and accessibility for people with disabilities. that was a bill that came in at the end. were there any questions? >> vice president loo: any questions from the commission? any questions from the public? thank you, diane, for that report. >> and now my second report. so, i have been asked or i volunteered kind of a combination. i'm the new representative for our planning and service area or
psa as they are referred to in all the literature for the aaa council of california. what i thought i would do is level set since we have new commissioners as to what the aaa is because we use acronyms quite often. it is made up of one -- this all off their website. made up of one representative from 33 planning and service areas or psas. they range in size from five or six counties that we might see -- if you look at a map of the state of california in the upper left-hand corner to the city and county of san francisco being it's own psa. typically they are county size. but as we move into some of the other areas throughout the state where there are less dense population you see cluster of
counties together. so i will give bridgette a map to include. the california older americans act, the older californians act which came into effect after the older americans act, established aging advisory councils and that is what the aaa council of california represents. it's mission is to communicate and collaborate among the local advisory councils for education, advocacy. we meet quarterly. so, i think sometimes in the past there was a thought that perhaps we met more frequently. so, my next report would be in january. we meet quarterly and the group is administered by the commission on aging. and the group is funded by the check off box 400 on your tax forms and that for people over 65 and older can contribute.
and then also the california foundation on ageing. so, this being my first meeting, there was a lot to learn. so, there were representatives of probably 25 of the 33 agencies. psas each had submitted a report to the -- to taccc representing what had been done in the last quarter. so, for example, the representative from the lake county, you kie yeah area talked about there had been 11 evacuations during the fires this summer and the impact and some of the challenges on seniors. and then voted on new officers, bylaw changes, meetings scheduled for next year. our next meeting is in december. the second day of the program was the california summit on long term services and support. this is the eighth annual
conference and it is sponsored by the scan foundation. it's focus was on elections and voter views on the need in california for long term master plan on aging. so, we had video statemented by the two gubernatorial candidates and also by ash kora from the south bay and some reports on the recommendations from the california task force on family care giving and workshops on aging in the media. we are coming out with that and there will be more information on the california task force on family care giving. we also had a presentation on the home safe program, which we have been talking about. so, that was very good. they will be looking to get their rsps out fairly quickly
and to start putting money in place for that program. to make sure that we can help people stay in place. and then the director of the commission on aging, sandra fitzpatrick, give a report on the older americans act overview. >> vice president loo: any questions from the commission for diane? from the public? thank you, diane. >> you're welcome. >> vice president loo: no long term care case report. >> good morning commissioners and director mcspadden. jim dave on the board of case. just a brief update on what we did in september and what we are doing in october. we had melissa mcgee and sandy moore from the dignity fund come
from our membership meeting and we got to pepper them with many questions. it was a very lively discussion. just trying to understand all the details of how the dignity fund works. we had our monthly meeting with director mcspadden and similarly engaged her with some of the priorities that are coming up ahead. shireen also agreed to come to our membership meeting to again inform our members of a lot of details. we look forward to putting you on the spot. and finally, case membership meetings so you know they are always going to be at catholic charities at 990 eddie street. they are on the second monday of every month. any questions? >> vice president loo: any questions from the commission? from the public? thank you. >> all right. thank you. >> vice president loo: at this point, i would like to ask if anybody have some general public
comment? please identify yourself. >> marie, executive director of the living campaign. i want to say how much i appreciate shireen's comments about the importance of economic security and work and wanted to add some thoughts. earlier this year we spoke to you as a commission to the long term care council, to the board of supervisors hearings and as a result of all that, we are pleased to say that a final budget included $600,000 a year for two years for senior and we hoped also disability employment. and while we are still waiting to learn how daas will prioritize these funds, we would like to focus again on the larger policy issues with you and with the other policy bodies. tonight the office of economic and work force development is holding a hearing to update their work force innovation and opportunity act plan. and so, we took a look since the
bulk of the monies are funneled through that city agency. in this 143-page plan, seniors or older adults are not mentioned once. youth, 91 times. older adults or seniors, zero. nothing. in case you are questioning whether ageism is still alive in the city, this is one specific example. now, the daas commission has a role beyond approving programs and funding and contracts. it also is here to improve the policies impacting seniors and people with disabilities. so, as a city, i know we can do better and i hope you can help on the policy front and the handout that i provided will give you some specific examples. thank you. >> vice president loo: thank you.
>> good morning. i have a couple of comments. jessica layman with senior and disability action. first i wanted to comment on the conversation about conservatorship with the passing and signing of sb-1045 and the statement put out by mayor breed about being interested in implementing it as soon as possible. i think i mentioned there's a lot of us in the community who are concerned about this. part of it is where we're opposed to the idea of expanding involuntary conservatorship and treatment when we know there's good evidence that voluntary services are not available. they are not getting the mental health services they need and want and we need to look at that first. we are also very concerned about the criminalization of homelessness in general because while homelessness was taken out, that's what folks are really talking about in this bill. and that by requiring people to be detained eight times generally by the police, that
increases incentives on a lot of levels for people to go through the system, for police to detain people more often. i think the biggest concern is the disability rights community and the mental health community were not consulted at the beginning of this. and so, we have reached out to leadership in the city to say we need to all have a conversation together. we share a lot of the concerns. but i think we all agree that when decisions are made about a community, that community needs to be present and it's very prop -- problematic that hasn't happened. on a lighter note, i want to make sure everyone knows about the -- i'm sorry. i missed the end point about conservatorship. there's a community coalition that has come together. we just put out a statement and i will make sure to pass that on to director mcspadden to forward to all of you. i will send it to everyone to make sure you get it so you can
hear some of our concerns. we would love to make sure you are aware of them. on a lighter note, this friday is annual celebration, our big fundraiser. we have a lot of fun. it is a short program and it is a time to mingle and relax and celebrate what we have done because we are often talking about a lot of the big challenges and we need time to step back and really enjoy and relax. we are delighted to have director mcspadden coming, jeremy wallenberg i believe is coming, nicole bond from the mayor's office on disabilities. it is the place to be. you don't want to miss it. [laughter] >> i will leave some invitations on the table and i hope all can join us. thanks. >> vice president loo: thank you. we have no old business. we go on to new business.
i'm the director of the mayor's office on disability and i'm very pleased to be here this morning. daas is a critical partner with the mayor's office on disability and all the work that we do. so, i'm very happy to have an opportunity to talk about emergency preparedness in san francisco and some of the efforts that are underway and also towards the end of my talk today, i'm going to highlight a few other initiatives that you might want to keep an eye on as we move forward that are impacting folks with disabilities. so, several weeks ago, i gave this -- a similar presentation to this one to the mayor's disaster council and commissioner pappas suggested that i come here and present this material to you as a matter of interest. so, thank you for the invitation and i'm glad again to be talking about this very important work. so, i'm going to be talking
about two things today. one is the disability act and functional needs work which is mayor's office on disability partners with the department of emergency management on and also the emergency preparedness domain that is part of the aging and disability friendly work which i co-chair with kelly deerman and all of our partners at daas. i'm going to start with the disability act and functional needs work group which started in 2017 and really wanting to come together to more specifically talk about access and functional needs which i will explain what that in is a second in emergency situations. specifically to emergency communication, transportation,
evacuation and sheltering. and our group meets about everybody other month and we consist of representatives from city departments, from daas, from hsa, public health, emergency management and we have a number of community based organizations and non-profits that are contributing in part of this work as well. so, the california legislation very specifically defines access and functional needs and it covers a lot of individuals. we are talking about individuals who have developmental, physical or sensory disabilities. disabilities, limited english proficiency, those pregnant,
living in institutions, homeless or transportation disadvantaged. we are talking about a large part of our community. so, last year i want to highlight a few things the group worked on. we talked about implementing the final cms rule which is a national legislation that makes sure that medicare and medicaid have emergency procedures as part of their operations. we looked at san francisco's paratransit operations and that's something we are continuing to look at this year as we're thinking about safe evacuation and how to best use paratransit services in those scenarios. we also are looking and continue to explore lessons learned from
our local events, emergency events including the extreme heat days we have had and the north bay fires and what we can learn from those experiences to better apply to what we're doing in the emergency efforts here in the city. and then we have been very concretely mapping the disability access resources and functional facilities through out the city and county and working on some demographic information. we are also trying to very actively reach out to those agencies that the department of emergency management has had less opportunity to work with. so, very specifically with lighthouse for the blind. and then -- how do i go backwards? i wonder if i can do this.
okay. and then i'm also very happy to say we have been working with making sure that disability organizations and people with disabilities are actually members and part of our emergency preparedness and response exercises so that when we are doing our training, we have people with disabilities who are there and able to give feedback. so, we most recently have done that with a ball park evacuation exercise that we did in the beginning of the year and recently two weeks ago we had another exercise through the department of emergency management that also involved folks with disabilities. so, i'm very happy about that. okay. moving forward, we are continuing a lot of the work that i mentioned previously and now specifically over the next two years, we're working hard to update our processes and
procedures for durable medical equipment. things like walkers, wheelchairs, oxygen tanks and what happens to those devices because we know in a true emergency situation there is possibility that the individual could be separated from their equipment. so, we want to make sure that there's processes in place to reunite the equipment and the individual. we are also very specifically working with the san francisco fire department and department of building inspection and policies and procedures around safe evacuation. especially in multi-story buildings. we are continuing mapping and sharing our facilities and resources as i previously mentioned and also doing targeted outreach again to those groups that we haven't had as
much success reaching. specifically deaf and hard of hearing individuals and blind and low vision individuals who are very impacted in an emergency situation. we want to make sure we're hearing from those communities as well. and then the group is working on the recommendations that are within the implementation phase of the aging and disability friendly task force which is what i'm going to talk about now. so, i'm sure you're familiar with the age and disability friendly effort. our collaborative planning process to make sure we have an accessible and inclusive san francisco. i want to highlight too that i'm very proud that san francisco is one of the first municipalities if not the first to incorporate disability if their age friendly
city frame work which is exciting and important to us. this effort is looking at our aging population who are living in urban environments with a focus on community based living and all of the impacts on our environment. and it is based on the world health organization and right now we are in the middle of a five-year planning process and we are in the implementation phase of implementing the recommendations that came out of the task force work that came out from the previous year and a half. specifically targeting older adults, folks with disabilities, those with age related cognitive impairment and care givers so we can identify strategies collaboratively to address the barriers that we know exist. so, the eight domains as a
reminder are community and health services, engagement, technology, employment, housing, transportation and outdoor spaces. and we are making progress across all the domains. but right now i'm going to focus for a minute resiliency and emergency preparedness and the work there. the specific goals that the task force recommended for immediate focus an implementation. so, over the next two years what we are looking at making process on are specifically three things to start. and this process -- we will address these goals and see where we are and future efforts we will continue to identify priorities in this particular domain. right now we are focusing on providing support for seniors for people with disabilities and care givers on emergency
preparedness. so, very specifically do they have the information that they need to have in order to know how to respond and be prepared for themselves in an emergency situation. one of those ways that we are trying to help the disability community in particular and seniors be connected with this information is through encouraging registration with our alert sf system. so, we have made some progress across the city in those registration statistics that really helps people to stay up to date and current with what's happening right now. and then as i mentioned earlier, we are focusing on a strategy for evacuating people with mobility challenges, especially in multi-story buildings so we know what happens in terms of an evacuation and also what happens with any kind of assistive
equipment that might be needed and used in those times, including transportation to and from things like shelters and things of that nature. so, in this particular domain, we're working specifically with the department of public health and emergency management, my office, department of aging and neighborhood empowerment network in terms of our city partners and then again, we have feedback from across other organizations as well. that's a brief recap or summary where we are with emergency efforts. i will pause for a second and see if anyone has questions and then i'm going to move on briefly to some other efforts you might know about. wallenberg --
>> commissioner wallenberg: i want to say thank you to nicole. i put my commission hat on at that meeting and i was not there as a commissioner. but i felt that this report would be beneficial not only to our colleagues but to our staff and the members of the public thatter here and i want to say a special thank you to drek -- that are here and i wanted to say a special thank you to director mcspadden. i didn't realize this was going to happen so quickly. but thank you for taking time out of your schedule. >> thank you. >> i have a question. how does from all this great work you're doing i'm very impressed, how does that start -- how will that start to get communicated out to the the multi-story buildings and basic citizens in san francisco both
disabilitied and older that some of these great ideas exist and are going to help them in an emergency or -- >> we haven't gotten to the communication strategy on this particular issue. so, it is early for me to be able to comment right now. we are focused on what is the process evacuating folks because we are finding there's not consistent understanding across the city about what we need to be doing. so, that's the focus right now and then i would emergency that as we continue that conversation and start to make additional progress, we will have an outreach strategy as part of that. but it is not developed yet. >> commissioner knutzen: okay. thank you. >> you are welcome. >> vice president loo: any questions from the public? >> okay. i will move on to a few other efforts that i just want to make
sure that folks know about. so, in terms of initiatives that specifically impact people with disabilities, there are others than the ones i have highlighted here. these are the ones that are the furthest along and really do need and desired extra attention. our voting accessibility advisory committee is working on helping san franciscans know about accessible votes by mail option. and was implemented as of the previous election. we have another election coming up and we know that folks with disabilities are not voting in the same numbers as the general public. so, accessible vote by mail is -- was put in place to help
people have an accessible option to vote electronically. they can't submit their ballot electronically but you can vote and then there's a process to submit that in a way that is private, which especially impacts those with physical disabilities or those who are blind or low-vision who have difficulty with paper ballots. we will help get the word out about that. the committee is also looking at voting platform recommendations for what we are using locally and keeping an eye on open source voting as that evolves and the accessibility needs in those platforms. it was mentioned earlier this morning that sb-1376, which is the transportation network companies accessibility for all act was signed by governor brown in september, which is very good news for statewide implementation by 2024. the implementation efforts are
just beginning locally and we are very excited and the mayor's office on disability were very involved in that legislation language. locally also the accessible business entrance ordinance is underway, which is legislation that makes sure that places of public accommodation have their primary entrance accessible to people with disabilities. so, the city is right now in the first of four phases of ensuring compliance with this ordinance across all businesses in the city that are places of public accommodation and this will be continuing for the next three years. you will want to keep an eye on this as well. [please stand by].
those kind of things, all the way to what are we doing in terms of thinking through how technology can be used in a more proactive way we ? these efforts will be presented by the city administrator to the board of supervisors in december we are on a very aggressive timeline but we are making good progress, i think. the emerging technology recommendations at the request of the public kept track recommendations related to accessibility and safety and also equitable benefits for people who are from disadvantaged communities. so we will keep working on those and i thought you might want to have this is something you would keep an eye on as well. any questions on those particular efforts? i mentioned a lot in one slide. i'm sure there's much more i can talk about.
>> president serina: any questions? thank you, very much. >> thank you, very much. >> president serina: next item , community living funds report for january through june 2018. >> good morning, commissioners. deputy director. i am pleased to respect -- pleased to report and present the community living fund six-month report for this period of january to june 2018. the goal is to support aging in
place and community-based alternatives for individuals who may otherwise require institutionalization. we report every six months detailing the level of services provided, costs incurred in connection with the fund. i would like to highlight a few areas. i know it is a bit more of a dense report than normal. the program received a 172 new referrals during the time. most were eligible and have been served. 309 were served by intensive case management program through the institute on aging. during this period, we also transitioned 28 residents from skilled nursing facilities. fifteen of those were from laguna honda specifically. five of those 15 were transitioned into scattered site housing units. eligible individuals living in institutional -- living in institutions who have no
appropriate housing alternatives and meet criteria are considered for those units. as of the end of june 2018, we have a capacity to serve an additional seven clients and that rotates throughout the year we also continue to support our support program for animal bonding services for isolated lgbtq older adults and adults with disabilities he meets the criteria. pets are considered family and individuals often forgo their own health care needs so pet needs are met. during the last fiscal year, wheat served a total of 199 unduplicated clients by funding pet related tangible goods and services and thereby allowing individuals to afford other necessities including healthcare needs. the support help also improved the support capacity and move