Home managers under the Services for People with Intellectual Disability Program, denounced the lack of payment by the Department of Health (DS), which affects services to program participants.
“Our problem is that our service is billed monthly after we have already rendered the service. We are supposed to be paid on time and that is not happening. Neither community homes nor substitutes have the financial resources to provide all services with employees if we do not receive payments on time and that is putting participants at risk. They are urging households to stop providing service, "said the owner of one of the homes and who spoke to EL VOCERO on condition of anonymity.
She noted that they have made multiple efforts with the Department of Cheers, but they have been unsuccessful. He stated that the agency acknowledged that it has had problems making payments.
He noted that in several centers they have not charged since last May.
He recalled that in April 2016 federal judge Gustavo Gelpí, who presides over the case on this program , ordered to freeze the accounts of the DS, in order to guarantee payment to the providers and in turn the services to the participants.
“We cannot subsist on two unpaid bills. The service is given in advance. When I have two invoices it is like being three months without payment because I already did the work. I already paid my employees, they are utility bills for services rendered, "he said.
He explained that each home is different, that in his case, which is a community home, the government requires that there be two people per shift 24 hours.
Explained that foster homes only allow no more than three participants. “They are easy-to-use homes. It is to take it to your house without any type of employee and you take care of it. They are part of your family, "he said.
Meanwhile, the community home can have up to six participants.
“The community home is more difficult to manage. They require more assistance or support. It can require from changing diapers, aggressiveness. These community homes have to provide everything a business requires, "he noted.
He mentioned that the Traditional Service Centers (CTS), where the participants are taken during the week, are closed due to the pandemic.
The program is intended to facilitate the inclusion of the participant in the community, in order to transcend borders, establish relationships and promote the integration of the participants with their families, among others.
For its part, the Health Department indicated that of the 56 centers, only six remain to be paid, which were the last to submit their bills. If there are no problems, the agency will pay the remaining six.