California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Releases Staff Addresses Under Court Order

On Friday, June 8, in response to a California Public Records Act and corresponding court order, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the addresses of record for a number of staff classifications, including: certified nurse assistants, certified hemodialysis technicians and licensed nursing home administrators. The Services Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers (SEIU-UHW), sued CDPH late last year for failing to comply it a Public Records Request by the union to release the information. The Court ruled in February 2018 that the department must release the names, and healthcare associations, including LeadingAge California, were not notified until mid-May of the ruling.

The court order applies to all certified nurse assistants, certified hemodialysis technicians and licensed nursing home administrators, regardless of care setting, although this ruling will disproportionally effect skilled nursing facilities.

In our prior communication with the department, CDPH stated that they sent a letter to all employees who fall under the order the opportunity to provide an alternate address prior to releasing this information. We are encouraging all of our members to ensure that they work with their staff to have an alternate address listed on their license to better protect them from this type of request in the future.

The California Public Records Act request is a one-time only request, so SEI-UHW would likely have to submit frequent requests to keep their information current. We are currently working with counsel and other healthcare associations to ensure that we can remedy this situation in the future.