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LA County Announces: Nearly 40,000 Seniors and Disabled to Lose Home Care Service Hours Due to State Budget Cuts
Date:9/21/2009

LOS ANGELES , Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- At the September meeting of the Los Angeles County Personal Assistance Services Council (PASC), officials from the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) announced that nearly 40,000 Los Angeles County seniors and people living with disabilities who rely on the State's In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program for vital care will either lose all or some of their care hours due to State budget cuts. As a direct result of these cuts, an estimated 30,000 Los Angeles County home care providers will face devastating reductions in work hours or lose their jobs entirely.

"These cuts are devastating," said Simon Golledge, Executive Director of the PASC, which oversees the County's IHSS program. "The lives of 70,000 Los Angeles County residents will soon be placed in jeopardy. For 40,000 IHSS recipients, who represent some of our most fragile residents, they lose essential care services needed to remain safely in their homes. For the 30,000 care providers who deliver this care and struggle to make ends meet, they face an even greater financial hardship than they already do today."

The State's cuts to IHSS are based on a Functional Index (FI) scale of 1 to 5 -- with 5 representing the most extreme need of assistance. According to DPSS figures, approximately 8,400 County IHSS recipients will lose all of their IHSS services due to having an overall FI score below 2.0. Thirty thousand (30,000) more recipients will lose essential domestic service hours because tasks fall below an FI score of 4.0.

"Simply put, cutting the IHSS program is shortsighted and places the lives of our parents, grandparents and children with disabilities in danger," said Laphonza Butler, Co Trustee of SEIU-ULTCW -- the United Long Term Care Workers' Union. "In addition to endangering lives, these cuts end up costing -- not saving -- taxpayers money sin
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