Promising to save Orange County from $3 million to $5 million over three years, private sector companies recently presented Orange County officials with a proposal to create a public/private partnership to improve services to home-bound elderly and disabled people.
This offer is one Orange County truly cannot afford to refuse.
Private firms, such as National Homecare Systems, seek to contract with Orange County to provide in-home supportive services (IHSS) to the county's low-income, homebound, disabled and elderly residents--services now provided directly by the county.
The IHSS program in California is a $1-billion project designed to allow this important population to maintain its independence by remaining in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their homes, and avoid being forced into more expensive nursing homes.
IHSS is one of the most important services the state provides; as is currently operated, however, it is fraught with waste and, in many cases, abuse.