Society of California Care Operators (SOCCO) is a non-profit organization that is composed of different vendors who provide professional care services for adult individuals who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
Our people and resources are all dedicated to helping our consumers lead a quality, active, and independent life. We know and recognize the burdens, pains, and worries each developmentally disabled adult goes through in his/her life. Because of this, we are inspired to take actions that will give them hope and a worthwhile life today and in the future.
Society of California Care Operators aims to raise community awareness about the real situations developmentally disabled adults face. Our organization is devoted to providing assessments, community resources, counseling, information and education, family support and services, as well as assistance with the client’s legal and individual rights.
S.O.C.C.O. is an advocacy organization made up of care providers who provide care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout California. Anyone involved in the care of the disabled is encouraged to join.
S.O.C.C.O. has adopted its platform in three major tasks to create better communication between providers and state and county agencies charged with the responsibility of implementing Health Programs in California.
With the closing of many state hospitals, residential facilities, community day programs, ILS and SLS services, social recreation, parenting, transportation services, direct support professionals, and specialty programs are some of the most important means by which persons with special needs are returned to the mainstream of community living. The roles of these programs are not always clear in view of the sudden dramatic changes that have taken place within the health programs in California.
The role of S.O.C.C.O. is to take the lead in providing services that are realistic and acceptable. We determine these services with the participation and support of our members. The key question is, “What is the value of our services as providers to the client and to the taxpayer?”
The value of services to the taxpayer is a diminished cost. To the client, we offer the opportunity for them to reach their highest potential and to become self-supporting in a community atmosphere.
S.O.C.C.O. presents the viewpoint of its members to state officials and supports legislation that reflects the needs of both the providers and the clients.
To know more about Society of California Care Operators, you can send us a message through our Contact Us page.
- Discounts on facility and automotive insurance
- Free in-home visits from contracted physicians
- Discounts on facility repair needs
- Access to FREE and discounted training programs
- Free access to specialty seminars
- Discounts to theme parks, museums, restaurants, and other entertainment for clients
- Exclusive information and FREE legal consultation and help from our in-house legal department
Having been established in the year of 1967 by Ovarie “O.V.” Smith, the Society Of California Care Operators (S.O.C.C.O.) operates as an advocacy organization for both developmentally disabled clients and operators of residential facilities. At its genesis, S.O.C.C.O. was led under the aegis of Ms. O.V. Smith who, with her impeccable leadership and diligent hands, had worked tirelessly for clients and providers alike in order to create a safeguard around their interests. She fought for new legislation and championed several bills to ameliorate the welfare of those who were developmentally disabled. She gained the credential of a remarkable visionary who was continuously engaged in the conversation which sought to eradicate the precarious condition of every disabled individual who seemed to have lacked the ability to create for themselves a system in which they could be completely independent. Ms. O.V. Smith worked unwaveringly for their rights with local and state agencies, elected officials, and other concerned organizations to foster a belief that that is predicated upon the following statement: “Everyone, regardless of their intellectual, physical or developmental disabilities should be treated equally and just.” Ms. Smith served as the President and Spiritual Leader of S.O.C.C.O. for more than fifty years.
Her passion, determination, and her uncompromised values and integrity speak of the culture that is embedded in our organization and the sound of her legacy will continue to reverberate through S.O.C.C.O. even in generations to come. Being mindful of what she has been able to accomplish, we intend to continue the fight on behalf of those with special needs and the providers that incessantly provide to them the kind of affection that our clients so richly deserve.
We are S.O.C.C.O.
INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- All committee members are instructed to get acquainted with the rules of the organization and to abide by the regulations, purposes, and guidelines of their specific committee, and to govern themselves accordingly.
- Each committee must present a written report to the general secretary and a copy will eventually be submitted along with the minutes to the general membership body.
- Each committee shall consist of four (4) members in addition to the chairperson. Upon making a decision, a quorum of three (3) members will suffice to facilitate decision-making and at least three (3) persons must be present in order to conduct the business of the committee.
- All “committee” members should be knowledgeable of their purpose and the regulations and guidelines pertaining to their purpose.
- All problems or business matters should be presented to the chairperson of the committee. The chairpersons in return will be obliged to convene all committee members together for a meeting.
- If the committee is unable to solve any stated problem or business-related issues, the Chairperson of S.O.C.C.O. should be called upon to address the situation and assist them accordingly.
- All committees must remember that they are a vital part of S.O.C.C.O. and that they must work within the guidelines of the organization. All new ideas are welcome, however, they must first be submitted before the Board for ratification.
*NOTE* NO COMMITTEE IS ALLOWED TO MEET, REPRESENTING S.O.C.C.O., WITHOUT THREE (3) OF ITS COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT.
DUTIES OF THE SPECIFIC COMMITTEES
– LICENSING COMMITTEE
This committee should be aware of the full functioning of the Department of Licensing, and its procedures pertaining to the care providers.
The Licensing committee shall have a Title XXII Regulations Manual in its possession and must be aware of all current policies, updates, and policy changes.
– PEER GROUP COMMITTEE
This Committee should not make public the findings of any facility that is not in full compliance. It is the responsibility of this committee to assist any providers in meeting compliance according to the law, Title 2262, before a referral is made to any other committee for services.
– REGIONAL CENTER COMMITTEE
This committee shall become informed of all policies, procedures, and services of the Regional Center system but not limited to budgets, expenditures, program evaluations, and availability of programs and services of all the Regional Centers within the Los Angeles County area.
– PLACEMENT COMMITTEE
This committee shall have a representative from each community that S.O.C.C.O serves. (Compton, Altadena, Pasadena, Los Angeles, etc.)
– DPS (DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICES COMMITTEE)
This committee shall work closely with the Department of Public Social Services and become familiar with their policies and procedures.
– MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
This committee shall be aware of all S.O.C.C.O. policies and procedures for membership status and requirements.
– WAYSAND MEANS COMMITTEE
This committee shall have duties of raising monies for the support of the organizations. This committee must have at least one (1) fundraising function per year.
– SUNSHINE COMMITTEE
This committee is responsible for sending cards and condolences to the deceased, sick, and shut-in. This is to be done upon notice from within the membership body.
This committee will be responsible for providing the membership with a contact member and person to report any incidents of illness and bereavement.
– SOCIAL COMMITTEE
This committee shall be responsible for the planning of social events for the year. There should not be any more than three (3) events during the course of the year. (Membership socials i.e., holidays, parties, etc.)
– MENTAL HEALTH COMMITTEE
It is very important that this committee gain information regarding the Conference on Mental Health by being informed about its policies and procedures regarding mental health.
It is also imperative that this committee seeks to attend Mental Health meetings, sign up for their mailing list, and be aware of any policies changes.
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