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State Steps Up Random Home Visits For In-Home Care Providers

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Aired 12/11/09

State investigators are stepping up random home visits of the disabled and elderly who receive in-home care. But not everyone thinks the house calls are a good idea. KPBS Investigative Reporter Amita Sharma tells us about the visits.

State investigators are stepping up random home visits of the disabled and elderly who receive in-home care. But not everyone thinks the house calls are a good idea. KPBS Investigative Reporter Amita Sharma tells us about the visits.

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Avatar for user 'LeeCollins'

LeeCollins | December 16, 2009 at 3:36 p.m. ― 5 years ago

The DCHS representative states that individuals like Michael Condon "should not be intimidated!" when badge-brandishing fraud investigators show up unexpectedly. That's ridiculous. You would be intimidated, and I would be intimidated, no matter whether we had believed we had done anything wrong. If the IRS shows up at my house, I'm intimidated, okay?

In these cases, the State and Counties need to have some kind of probable cause--check out the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The surprise bang-bang home visit is specifically DESIGNED to be intimidating--to catch someone in some imagined act--and this is why folks are scared. It's all part of the grand plan to demonize the disabled individuals who benefit from this program, along with their caregivers who do work from which most of us would shrink.

This should be a source of profound shame for all Californians, and KPBS's Amita Sharma should be recognized for her role in ferreting the truth from the spin. This is excellent journalism.

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Avatar for user 'nsalem'

nsalem | December 27, 2009 at 1:12 a.m. ― 4 years, 12 months ago

Here's my question if the state has enough money to give the counties 1 million each for antifraud, why aren't they giving the money to the counties to keep ihss afloat instead? Even if their is fraud out there you won't find any by these measures.

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