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San Diegan Testifies In Sacramento About In-Home Care

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Aired 1/28/10

California lawmakers got feedback yesterday on how new rules to catch cheating within an in-home care program for the disabled are working.

— California lawmakers got feedback yesterday on how new rules to catch cheating within an in-home care program for the disabled are working.

For 23 years, San Diegan Joey Riley has taken care of Michael Condon, who is paralyzed from the neck down. She says new rules requiring criminal background checks, fingerprints on timesheets and unannounced home visits within the In-Home Supportive Services program have left her feeling beyond unappreciated.

Yesterday, Riley took that message to a state assembly budget hearing on the reforms.

“I wanted to talk to them because this is a very emotional thing for me because I’ve worked very hard, almost everyday, around the clock," Riley said. "And I really feel that we’re being criminalized.”

State officials suspect rampant fraud in the program and expect the new rules to stop it.

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