Caretakers for Disabled Can't Afford Criminal Background Checks

Categories: Labor
disabled.jpg
Hop. Hop. Hop. And Then We'll Help You.
A policy that was designed to prevent fraud among caretakers is now undermining the ability of the disabled to obtain help bathing, cooking, shopping, and cleaning, according to the San Francisco administrator for the In Home Supportive Services program.

"It's definitely caused hardship," said Donna Calame, executive director of the San Francisco IHSS Public Authority. "These are very poor people. The fee is $50 to $75, and coming up with that amount of money can be difficult. But the mean-spiritedness of the state law specified that it come out of the workers' pockets."

The state IHSS program is intended to allow disabled people to live independently by paying for caretakers for help with tasks they can't perform themselves. Counties recently began implementing a 2008 Arnold Schwarzenegger-backed law requiring applicants for caretaker jobs to pay for their own fingerprinting and criminal background checks.

The idea was to prevent people convicted of health-care fraud, child abuse, or elder abuse from ripping off the disabled. But Calame said that Schwarzenegger had exaggerated the prevalence of fraud within the IHSS fraud program. More recently, she said, of 21,000 background checks performed in San Francisco, only 10 people have been found ineligible to work. That's around $1.5 million, taken from the pockets of people applying for jobs that pay $12 hourly.

Part of the money goes toward fingerprinting, done by a private contractor. But "there are cases where the fingerprint can't be read, and people are paying two or three times to have the fingerprints done," Calame said.

William Hillmann, 37, lives in an SRO unit on Sixth Street, and seeks a caretaker to help him with ulcers on his legs that won't heal.

"I need assistance changing my bandages, getting dressed, getting out of bed, grocery shopping, running errands, and stuff like that. My legs are, like, messed up," he said.

The Snitch spoke with a social worker who'd checked out a prospective caretaker. "He was perfect, a sort of guardian angel," said social worker, who didn't want to be named. But there was a catch: He couldn't afford the $50 fee.

"If he had money, he wouldn't be looking for a job like that," said Hillmann.

Follow us on Twitter at @SFWeekly and @TheSnitchSF

My Voice Nation Help
5 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
haledane
haledane

I read this article it's true that caretaker can't afford criminal background check this all about money so it may they not afford it. 

credit check

zeevblaze
zeevblaze

Nice thins shared smith,this all about money so what ever he written this really best and i like it.

tenant screening

Keith_Richard_Radford_Jr
Keith_Richard_Radford_Jr

background checks make idiots rich with worthless info because people change from day to day

I remember living behind a church were Brian Lamb, and a bunch of these Cspan guys used too have a wood shop. At that place of residence my mom thought I needed an exorcist, after playing in the mud the way very young children will sometimes with my uncle who mixed a glass of this red clay in water and told me it was chocolate milk.

After drinking it as he would force me to do thing all the time like the time he made me cut off the limb I was sitting on and the device came out of my shoulder being more powerful and in control I broke out with ring worm all over my body and my mom told me it was writing that could not be understood so she had priests come in from the church.

I guess my Dad did not know that one of the people at the church was in line for being my new dad but that was not in the cards because I guess he felt I was in need of discipline after an accident in the wood shop. I had been check out on the band saw by my grandfather who was a millwright in Arkansas and to do some jobs the blade shield had to be removed. Some kids came in and wanted to use the saw, then got mad that I wanted to warn them to put the guard on and they told me they owned it all and I was not to tell them anything, and after this head strong kid cut his thumb off the other kids said they would tell their fathers it was all my fault, but it was not.

I had a fever of well over a hundred and I was a bloody mess with the infection. The priests came in with outer guys and one had a camera. The priests would throw me across the room well the other snapped a picture. I would fall on furniture and the floor and they would tell me get on the bed, don't get off the bed very loud and when I would crawl back on the bed they would pick me up and throw me over and over again well the other priest would snap another picture and this went on till one guy said we have enough picture and they left me in the blood, mud, and bedding, then my aunt came in with some save that was for ring worm.

She spread the save and kidded me about dying when the rings got to my heart. After getting well I went back to the wood shop and the guys had made me a special shield and gave me my sword which were both made of wood and I had to fight one of the guys in my shorts because I did not want to remove them and the other guy was naked (he know who he is). I was still not up too speed and lost the battle. They then called me the bad guy and this group was supposed to be my gate keeper or something like that appointed by the priests. My Dad did not like them much also but that did not matter much because someone at the church was going to be my new dad till he said no, my mom cried allot, my dad was gone, I healed up, but I still have a case.

Please know that there is nothing any of you can do to make what you and the rest of the ones involved can do to make this my fault. See at the time I was about seven years old. Since then the church has made an effort to kill me, to the extent of trying to pass laws to kill sex offenders.

Come on, keep it up, keep pushing laws that you as a group of very said individuals know have no value. Take me too court so I can own a network. I have met with your staff members in private since along with military personal and others.

Now lets note when this happened I was only a small child being thrown around a room like a rag doll by people that started all this clear back in the late fifty's and the steering by very bad people that think abusing kids to make laws to stop abuse, Ha! these laws are bogus and the fact that they can not kill gays anymore does not justify the use of laws too kill someone set up by them to create some worthless set of laws by a fusion of church and state is wrong and realty designed by them to harm us all.

My case was pragmatic but more than that I know what was done and who was involved making vendetta laws that really have no bases in truth, and are based in lies.

Keith Richard Radford Jr

PSS don't be cowards, let me know you received this e-mail through a response.

It's time to communicate

PaulJenkins33
PaulJenkins33

I think the state actually taking care of their elderly would be the right thing to do. I'd be very happy to know that my tax dollars are going towards paying these fees. I would want my mom or dad be taken care of by someone with criminal records so background checks are a must, not just for my folks, but for everyone else!

Julie King
Julie King

I love the Printapons website. It is so convenient and easy to use. It's coupons are great and there are sooo many. 5 stars all the way.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

©2014 SF Weekly, LP, All rights reserved.
Loading...