Frank Mecca is with California’s County Welfare Directors Association. He says all new providers now have to get criminal background checks. This needs to happen before they can help the elderly and disabled prepare meals, bathe or get to medical appointments. But he says counties don’t have the final instructions on how to do that.
“We’re going to see thousands of people who we say, 'Sorry, you’re on your own.'”
Lizelda Lopez is a spokesperson for the California Department of Social Services. She says a small percentage of people will see changes to their services. But Lopez says new providers may have to wait to get paid.
“If there is a delay, we will retroactively pay them for the work that they are doing.”
In the meantime, Assemblymember Noreen Evans says she’s working on emergency legislation to make sure the new policy doesn’t create further service delays for the elderly and disabled.