This week’s State Worker column looks at overtime for nurses and psychiatric technicians working in state prisons, mental health facilities and prisons. Here are some numbers fromthe Little Hoover Commission report that underpin the column:
You want to go home. Barbecue. The kids. A Netflix binge.
Here’s the Q&A with Ralph Montaño of State Hospitals. His responses were emailed.
Does DSH need to cut down on mandatory overtime?
CAPT’s first day of negotiations with the State of California took place at CAPT headquarters in Sacramento on February 23. Since then, CAPT’s bargaining team has met regularly with state bargaining representatives negotiating contract language to improve working conditions, salaries, and benefits.
“This bargaining team has done an outstanding job,” said Chief Negotiator Ann Lyles. “Each has worked diligently and tirelessly upholding the integrity of our bargaining objectives under very strenuous conditions.” Download flier.
Sacramento - April 8, 2016 – The California Association of Psychiatric Technicians (CAPT) commends the recommendations made by the Little Hoover Commission to legislative leaders and Gov. Brown in its April 5 report, Time and Again: Overtime in State Facilities. In its report, the state oversight group urged California to reduce by 50 percent its use of overtime in state healthcare facilities by 2018. Download Press Release.
Before you vote, make sure you have everything you need to make an informed decision!
If you’ve been a Stockton member as of March 15, you may have already received your 2016 chapter election ballot packet as they have been mailed.
If you haven’t received it, please keep watch as it should be on its way!
Although the ballot packets were mailed late last week, we were notified yesterday that one of the candidate statements for Vice President – Betty Burns – was inadvertently omitted from your ballot packet. Download flier.
9 Chapters hold elections; Ballots have been mailed!
With March 10 being the deadline for filing declarations of candidacy with CAPT Headquarters, nine CAPT chapters are holding elections for various offices. These nine chapters have had ballot packets with detailed voting instructions mailed out to their members for whom the union has addresses. In the remaining three chapters, those who declared for candidacy are running unopposed; therefore no ballot election is necessary. Download flier.
If you have completed job steward training by January 1, and are planning to declare for a chapter office, and/or have submitted your declaration and have yet to submit your candidate statement, remember that the deadline for both is March 10. That means they must be either mailed and postmarked by March 10. Or, if faxed or e-mailed, they must be received at CAPT Headquarters no later than 5 p.m. by March 10. Download flier.
Don’t forget to declare - the March 10 deadline is FIRM!
Which chapter offices are up for election at your facility?
Atascadero Chapter (4 offices)
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
Coalinga Chapter (3 offices)
President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer Download flier.
As you know, the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) exercises its regulatory authority in part by investigating complaints against Psychiatric Technicians. CAPT provides representation to Psychiatric Technicians who find themselves the subject of a BVNPT investigation.
CAPT has recently learned that the BVNPT is seeking full access to Psychiatric Technicians’ personnel files. The BVNPT is seeking this access by sending authorization letters to Psych Techs who are currently under investigation. The letters request your signature approval, thereby authorizing the BVNPT to access and review your personnel file.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN THIS AUTHORIZATION, NOR SHOULD YOU! Download flier.
In accordance with the CAPT State Constitution and Bylaws, two vacant officer positions at the Northern Corrections Chapter have been filled.
Michelle Fonseca-Ramirez-SVSP, who has been serving the Northern Corrections Chapter as Secretary-Treasurer, was recently appointed to fill the vacancy in the office of Chapter Vice President. Her post took effect Monday, February 22, and will remain until chapter elections are concluded on May 18. As Vice President, Ramirez will serve as President Kim Souza’s alternate for the current contract negotiations. Ramirez has been a CAPT member since July 2013. Download flier.
Will your ballot packet be mailed to the correct address?
Do we have your current mailing address? Please contact CAPT with your current address ASAP so that you can be sure to receive important union information, including ballot packages for those chapters that will be holding chapter elections. The packages will be sent first-class mail no later than April 1. Each packet will include voting instructions, a ballot listing all chapter candidates, a copy of each candidate statement, an envelope marked “Secret Ballot Envelope” and a postage-paid return envelope.
Send your address update to Debi Loger at email@example.com and include your full name, chapter, email, phone number and current address. Download flier.
In early February, our bargaining team members gathered in central California to train and prepare for CAPT’s upcoming contract negotiations with our employer, the State of California. Present at the event held at Harris Ranch in Coalinga were team members Juan Nolasco, state president, the 12 chapter presidents, their alternates and veteran CAPT Consultant Ann Lyles (shown left), the first PT to lead our unit’s bargaining as CAPT’s chief contract negotiator. Also present were CAPT consultants Carol Wiesmann, Coby Pizzotti, Christine Caro and Attorney Sean Bedrosian, who will serve as CAPT’s legal representative during our bargaining sessions. Download flier.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, Northern Corrections Chapter President Jennifer Are has requested a leave of absence through the term of her office. In accordance with CAPT Bylaws, Vice President Kim Souza has filled the post as Interim President, effective immediately. Souza’s interim presidency will remain effective until the chapter elections are concluded on May 18. Download flier.
At its February 4 meeting, The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians elected its Vice-President, PT Samantha James-Perez, to the office of Board President. Her post will succeed that of PT Todd D’Braunstein, whose term on the Board is set to expire this June. D’Braunstein did not run for reelection. Andrew Moreno, a public member of the Board, was elected Vice-President on the same day. Download flier.
Respondents Needed! Survey expires March 25.
Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZHTXXYB to participate!!
Sarah Elizabeth Hernandez, a former Psych Tech and graduate student at the University of California, San Bernardino, has received approval by a subcommittee of the university’s Institutional Review Board to conduct research on predicting burnout among psychiatric technicians, a topic that has been extensively studied in other professions, but not ours.
The study will explore the predictive factors of burnout (psychological and physical responses to workplace stress) among PTs and PTAs. The study will also examine the self-care techniques employed by PTs and PTAs to help them cope with the challenging demands of the profession. Download flier.
If you’re planning to run for a CAPT Chapter office, don’t miss these important deadlines!
ELIGIBILITY TO RUN
To run for office, you must have been a CAPT member and completed job steward training by January 1, 2016.
CANDIDATE FILING DEADLINE
March 10 is the deadline for fi ling a declaration of candidacy with CAPT Headquarters. If fi led by mail, it must be postmarked by March 10. We recommend that it be mailed by “certified mail, return receipt requested.” If fi led by FAX, it must be received at CAPT Headquarters by 5 p.m., March 10. A declaration must be signed by the candidate for it to be considered valid. (Declarations must also include your address and phone number - for CAPT use only.) Dowload flier.
Fee-payers are not members
Ninety percent of state-employed Psych Techs are already members. Are you? Fee-payers often believe that since they pay fees to the union, they must be CAPT members. This is not true. As a fee-payer, the amount of your monthly “fair-share fees” is slightly less than what you would pay as a dues-paying member. However, your benefits as a fee-payer are also reduced.
Be a part of the Psych Tech legacy. Lend your name, prepare your voice and join today!
Take a stand for unity and join the only organization dedicated entirely to Psych Techs. Unity in CAPT makes us strong, solidifying our visibility and influence. Download flier.
Did you know a portion of your union dues or fees is tax deductible?
Federal law requires CAPT to give you a written estimate of how much of your membership dues or fair share fees go to the organization’s lobbying and political expenses. The majority of the dues or fees you pay is allowable as an “employee business expense” deduction under your federal income tax. And your state tax is linked to the federal tax. However, the part of your dues or fees that CAPT uses for political contributions and lobbying on behalf of Psych Techs is not tax-deductible. Download flier.
Don’t forget the following deadlines!
CAPT will be holding elections soon for chapter officers in all 12 of its chapters.
Eligibility to run
To run for office, you must have been a CAPT member and completed job steward training on or before January 1, 2016.
Candidate filing deadline
March 10 is the deadline for filing a declaration of candidacy with CAPT Headquarters. If filed by mail, it must be postmarked by March 10. We recommend that it be mailed by “certified mail, return receipt requested.” If filed by FAX, it must be received at CAPT Headquarters by 5 p.m., March 10. A declaration must be signed by the candidate for it to be considered valid. (Declarations must also include your address and phone number for CAPT use only.) Dowload flier.
CAPT urges all BU 18 employees, no matter the circumstance or situation, to obtain union representation when a police officer or supervisor seeks information from you about an event. Even if a police officer or supervisor approaches you in a friendly manner and pulls you aside to ask seemingly harmless questions about a certain event, do not respond or provide any information. Don’t be deceived. A friendly conversation may be an investigatory interview in disguise. As we all know, investigatory interviews can lead to disciplinary action and even criminal prosecution. You must work to protect yourself and your fellow coworkers by seeking union representation before answering any questions. Dowload flier.
As you know, the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) exercises its regulatory authority in part by investigating complaints against Psychiatric Technicians. CAPT provides representation to Psychiatric Technicians who find themselves the subject of a BVNPT investigation. Dowload flier.
Please be aware that your CalPERS retirement check for January 2016 will be issued after the first of the month because Friday, January 1, 2016, is a federal holiday and all financial institutions are closed. The first business day open is Monday, January 4, 2016, and your direct deposit will be posted by midnight to your account. Paper checks will be distributed on December 30, however, checks will likely not arrive until after January 1 due to the holiday.
Government Code Section 19859, relating to sick leave, was recently modified by newly enacted legislation. The modifications will provide additional sick leave benefits for a BU 18 member who is also a military veteran with a specified military-related disability employed on or after January 16, 2016.
What are your thoughts?
On salary, benefit and workplace improvements? Less overtime? Increased safety programs?
It’s time again for you to tell your coworkers at the bargaining table what you think needs to be in the new contract.
Contract negotiations will kick off in late spring, but in order for our team to prepare, we need to know what’s important to you now.
Surveys are in the mail and should be at your door any day. If you don’t receive a survey, that probably means we don’t have a current address for you on file. So, if you don’t receive a survey by November 10, please contact CAPT Headquarters at (800) 677-2278 to update your information and get a survey. Dowload flier.
The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians is scheduled to transition to the new BreEZe online licensing and enforcement system in January 2016.
The transition to the new system will require a temporary shutdown of all licensing processes for several business days, and could result in delays in processing initial license applications, license renewals, and changes such as name changes or changes of address.
To help make the transition run smoothly, please refer to the following guidelines for upcoming PT license applications and renewals. Download flier.
CAPT will take part in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Out of Darkness” Community Walk in Kern County this Oct. 24. Join thousands of people in this nationwide event, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Download flier.
Published Date: 2015-10-19
Wear Black on Oct. 23
In Memory of Donna Kay Gross
Born March 30, 1956
San Jose, California
Died October 23, 2010
October 23 marks the five-year anniversary of the death of Donna Gross: mother, grandmother and dedicated Napa State Hospital Psychiatric Technician. Download flier.
October 23 marks the five-year anniversary of the death of Donna Gross: mother, grandmother and dedicated Napa State Hospital Psychiatric Technician. Dowload flier.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed CAPT-supported legislation that would, among other things, merge the Vocational Nurses Fund with the Psychiatric Technician Fund within the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, thereby stabilizing the fiscal solvency of the PT program reserve fund. Download flier.
CAPT wants to hear from you -- your ideas, concepts, problems and solutions. All legislation begins as an idea or concept: “There ought to be a law!” Ideas and concepts can come from a variety of sources, including professional organizations like CAPT. The law-making process begins when a senator or assembly member decides to author a bill, when the idea takes written form and is introduced to their house. The legislative process is a long and winding road, but traveling it can make a difference for ourselves and the Californians we care for. Download flier.
Neland Doughty, PT at ASH was recently added to our list of members in need of C.L. donations. Download flier.
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) annual health Open Enrollment period for the 2016 calendar year is September 14 - October 9, 2015. For more information, visit the CalPERS Press Release.
Vevelene Nah, PT at MSH was recently added to our list of members in need of C.L. donations. Download flier.
CAPT is strongly opposed to the Post and Bid fiasco taking place at several of our institutions due to the movement of inmates. Our Post and Bid process is suffering from the department’s instability. Your CAPT representatives are in the process of trying to schedule meetings for our Post and Bids and to get the final, updated Master Assignment Rosters (MARs). We are also awaiting confirmation as to how many positions will remain at each institution. Download flier.
Your CAPT representatives participated in two community forums last week on the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. The first assembly, organized by State Senator Mike Mcguire, was held at SDC on Aug 13. At that assembly, the Department of Developmental Services gave a report and employees voiced their concerns regarding SDC’s proposed closure. The Aug. 20 town hall meeting held at Sonoma’s Altamira Middle School brought local, state and federal leaders together to provide an update and overview of the issues related to the transition plan and recommended closure process of SDC. A summary of both events is provided below. Download flier.
At the legislature’s direction, DDS has developed a model for the Community State Staffing Program (CSS). Unlike in years past, The CSS program will be a “stand alone” operation that will not be tied to the closure of any facility. The program will operate independently and will be based out of the DDS HQ office. The program will function as a contract registry that utilizes state employees in private run facilities.
As union members, we have a special right to union representation during investigatory or disciplinary meetings or interviews. These legal rights are known as our Weingarten rights. These rights were established by the U.S. Supreme Court and they apply only to union members.
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A patient at Atascadero State Hospital was killed and an employee was injured Wednesday afternoon during an alleged attack by two other patients, a state official said...
Psychiatric technicians rallied outside Metropolitan State Hospital Thursday in protest of what they say are excessive overtime demands that violate their contract and may put themselves at risk given that some of their patients have criminal histories...
A patient at Atascadero State Hospital remained at San Luis Obispo County Jail on Wednesday after he was arrested last month for attacking an employee...
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New data from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network show that the estimated number of children identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, and the picture of ASD in communities has changed...
“Heroes with Heart: An Evening on the Emerald Isle“ features a champagne reception, Irish cuisine by John Ash & Co.‘s Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt, a silent and live auction, an Irish Pub and live music by the Rowan Brothers at the Vintners Inn, Sat., Mar. 29...
Mayor Chuck Reed on Friday abandoned what was supposed to be his crowning achievement, saying he had admitted defeat in his bid to get a statewide pension reform measure on the November ballot...
A coalition of Sonoma County government agencies and environmental groups is ramping up its fight to protect the Sonoma Developmental Center from development and to maintain residential care for an unspecified number of severely disabled clients...
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Sonoma families are worried. However, we have an important resource that other families with family members living in closing developmental centers have not had. We have the Sonoma community.
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Members are encouraged to pre-register for their preferred fair date to aid CalPERS in planning for staffing and materials, but registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome...
Survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are three times more likely to die prematurely than the general population, often from suicide or fatal injuries, finds an Oxford University-led study.
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has opened its Long-Term Care (LTC) Program to new applicants, offering a new generation of LTC products designed to meet individual needs.
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"In California, our members' vested rights to their pensions are protected by the California constitution, statutes and case law..."
A sad succession of newscasts highlights the fact that people with mental disorders fall through the proverbial mental health safety net...
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This past year, Patton State Hospital employees contributed more than $40,000 to local community programs through their support of the California State Employees Charitable Campaign (CSECC), said hospital Executive Director Carlos Luna.
With time ticking down on a task force created to determine the fate of four state-run institutions that house some of California's most profoundly disabled people, supporters of the Sonoma Developmental Center hit the town plaza Saturday in an attempt to rally support for keeping them open.
A Patton State Hospital patient charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of another patient over Labor Day weekend, was accused in 2008 of fatally stabbing a patient at Napa State Hospital.
To show public support for keeping the Sonoma Developmental Center open, the SDC Parent Hospital Association will hold a march and rally Saturday, September 14 on Sonoma Plaza from noon to 1 p.m.
One of the issues that is rarely mentioned is the current State Administration has falsely cited the tenets of a United States Supreme Court decision in order to support their plan to deinstitutionalize...
CalPERS Health Benefits Open Enrollment is almost here and CalPERS Health Plan enrollees (with membership prior to July 1, 2013) will begin receiving their Open Enrollment packets in the mail near the end of August...