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Consumer shares poem “A Little Mixed Up” by Bart Beck

On Sunday morning an IHSS client called UDW in a panic because his caregiver had not arrived yet to take him to his appointment. We reminded him that his appointment was for Monday and that a caregiver would be there to get him to his appointment on time. He was very embarrassed, so I told him we all get mixed up on the days, and that I do it myself quite often. Later I received a poem from this client via the caregiver that worked for him Monday. Here is the poem (shared with permission): “A Little Mixed Up” by […]

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Misguided IHSS anti-fraud campaign targets elderly and disabled

A Report by UDW Homecare Providers Union April 2011 Also See: UDW Response Letter to CDSS Background In July 2009, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined by several county District Attorneys and staff from the Department of Social Services, held a press briefing in Sacramento. During the briefing, Gov. Schwarzenegger declared that there was a fraud epidemic in the In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program and that the rate of fraud in the program was 25 percent or more. Following the press briefing, the Sacramento Bee accused the governor of: “Spouting misleading rhetoric about waste and fraud”, while the San Jose Mercury-News […]

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Know your rights: IHSS unannounced home visits

One of the anti fraud provisions in the 2009-10 state budget authorized unannounced visits by county or state agents to the homes of IHSS recipients.  Unfortunately, we have had reports that some counties are unfairly and improperly using this provision.  That’s why  UDW wants to make sure that all our members and their clients     KNOW THEIR RIGHTS.    Here is some valuable information from Disability Rights California  for you to share with your clients.  (Use this link to download the entire report.) 

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Understanding IHSS "unmet need" and how it impacts consumer hours

Why this is important: If the consumer has documented unmet need, across the board cuts to IHSS (like the recent 3.6 percent cut) will be applied first to this unmet need.  Therefore, the actual reduction in IHSS hours may be significantly less. Note that for almost 2,000 consumers with documented unmet need, the notices sent in late December about the 3.6% cut contained an inaccurate calculation of total authorized need.  DSS says that this was caused by a “programming error” and that corrected Notices of Action were sent to affected consumers on January 7, 2011. Know Your Rights “Unmet need” refers to a situation […]

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How much IHSS fraud is there?

Captiol Weekly  9/30/10 — Nearly a year after the Schwarzenegger administration awarded $26.5 million to county district attorneys to combat fraud in the state In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) system, DAs are beginning to report some results.  However, it remains unclear whether the program will result in the $130 million in savings promised by the governor, numbers that would indicate nearly $5 in return for every dollar spent.

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