Archive for February, 2010

Remember my wild good chase (https://werkinggerl.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/a-wild-goose-chase) where I was sent to a non-interview at HealthFirst in Queens? Well, I just signed my New York Medicaid CHOICE form and my “choice” among so many non-choices is HealthFirst. I can’t go to any of my real doctors cuz they don’t take HealthFirst.

I need my right breast checked b/c I had a biopsy in July and it still hurts and it’s time for a check-up anyhow. Now I have to find a Medicaid clinic to go to and a competent doc to examine my tit. I’m just really not into Medicaid mills.


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More mandatory meetings:

I have been summoned once again to the Linden Job Center. This coming Wednesday I have a Recertification Appointment with worker A. Ahmed.

The notice advises me: “You must have an in-person Face to Face interview, as schedule below.”

It kinda looks like HRA already made a decision about  the outcome of my Tuesday meeting and will cut off my public assistance before I have a chance to speak with them at that particular mandatory meeting on that subject.

In terms of Food Stamps, I will bring my 2009 tax return to show I made less than 10K last year and am making one thousandth of that this year. Hopefully they will let me keep eating!

On another note: I received a score of 93 on my US Census test. Passing score is 70. The proctor showed me my score and said to expect a call for an interview next week.

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Failure to Comply: The Disconnect Between Design and Implementation in HRA’s WeCARE Program


In early 2005, the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) implemented the Wellness, Comprehensive Assessment, Rehabilitation and Employment (WeCARE) Program to determine which public assistance recipients and applicants have multiple and complex barriers to employment and provide them with specialized services that were not available under HRA’s previous support and training programs. Based on discussions from June 2005 through August 2006 with over 700 welfare recipients in WeCARE, as well as in-depth focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and phone surveys with 100 of those participants, this report is a study of how the WeCARE program is supposed to work and whether or not it is providing the support and specialized services it is designed to deliver to public assistance recipients with disabilities. The report lays out the policies put in place by New York City to serve public assistance recipients with disabilities, relays findings based on participants’ first-hand experiences with the program and offers recommendations for systemic and service delivery improvements.

Find the reports here.

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I just retrieved my mail and opened a envelope with the Linden Center Job Center as a return address. The document is titled Conciliation Notification for Activity Period Continued.

“We would like to discuss any problems you may have with work activity requirements and the reason(s) why you:

Failed to comply with WeCARE Vocational Rehabilitation Services or did not attend or cooperate with scheduled activities for all assigned hours.

Either you did not meet the minimum number of work hours required or failed to cooperate during the period of      01/26/2010 through    02/09/2010. If we cannot reach an agreement about your participation in a work activity, we will make a determination as to whether or not you did willfully and without good cause fail or refuse to report or cooperate…” YADDA YADDA YADDA ad infinitum

This meeting,  with a so-called “Conciliation Worker,” will take place next Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. I’ll keep you posted!

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This morning I went to only the second job interview that wasn’t canceled I’ve been invited to since I started sending out resumes in July. It’s for a glorified administrative assistant position a very high-end real estate boutique in Chelsea. I eliminated my JD from my resume, dumbed it down just a bit and also told them that their job description is more than “just” an admin asst. They agreed and still invited me to speak with them. They (the two principals and their assistant) actually seemed kinda enamored with me, my writing experience first and foremost, but also my PR background.  Seems a relatively decent gig: flexible part time hours and –if they pony up like I asked them to–decent pay for the work they really want accomplished. I’ll take it!!!

I’m also scheduled to take the census test at a church down the street from my apartment on Thursday. I will have with me two forms of ID, two no. 2 pencils (and a sharpener), a pen and my brain…

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I had my MDR (Mandatory Dispute Resolution) meeting today. It lasted less than five minutes.

The “meeting” — and I use that term extremely loosely, was with one Mrs. B. Warren. With a dour look she shouted my name and had me follow her into the office and her cubicle. She proceeded to scream at me that my landlord didn’t fill out the correct forms so I can’t receive rental assistance and I  have no grounds for a Fair Hearing.

I asked if I might introduce myself. She said, again screaming “I know who you are!” I replied that I had no clue who she was.  “I’m Mrs. Warren, my name is posted right there,” she motioned to a very small sign pasted on the wall of her cubicle that was in my blind spot. I asked if she might explain why my case for rental assistance was closed without anyone notifying me.

“I ALREADY TOLD YOU THAT YOU DIDN’T SUBMIT PROPER PAPERS.” I told her my landlord didn’t fill them out properly nor would he—he doesn’t want a welfare case living in his apartment. “THAT’S WHY YOUR CASE IS CLOSED!”, she screamed.  I said again. “I want to know why I wasn’t notified because at the time my landlord was being cooperative.” She put her hands to her head: “SHUT UP! STOP TALKING , YOU’RE GIVING ME A HEADACHE!”

“Okay,” I said, “then can you please tell me about my public assistance, food stamps and Medicaid cases”? “YOUR CASE IS OPEN, I TOLD YOU THAT ALREADY. WHY DO YOU KEEP ASKING THE SAME QUESTIONS”?

“No one here is at all helpful and you are being extremely rude, “  I told her. “ I just want a report on the status on my open case.”

“GET OUT OF HERE” she screamed, dumped me out of my chair and waved me away.

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A recent exchange with a lost acquaintance:

Her: How’s tricks with you?

Me: No tricks at all that’s the problem…on food stamps, cannot find a way to make a living in this economy, which I don’t think is ever going to truly “recover”…

Her: …yes, the economy is a bitch. I know so many journalists and media types who are really suffering. It’s like we’re auto workers in Detroit, watching our jobs disappear forever. The only upside is believing that it’s not a personal failure, just circumstances beyond our control. But that doesn’t change the fact that rent must be paid …

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