Report 2012-119 Recommendation 13 Responses
Report 2012-119: California Department of Veterans Affairs: It Has Initiated Plans to Serve Veterans Better and More Cost-Efficiently, but Further Improvements Are Needed (Release Date: May 2013)
Recommendation #13 To: Veterans Affairs, Department of
To ensure that it is providing the highest quality of services to veterans, CalVet should implement oversight and guidance policies to ensure that its veterans homes are providing adequate and appropriate referral options to veterans who have been placed on the waiting list or denied admission into a home.
1-Year Agency Response
CalVet has developed a consistent process that will be used to refer veterans. Those applicants who are denied admission are referred to a social worker or to other programs that may provide services that meet the applicants' needs. An example of the tracking mechanism for this process has been provided. Additionally, the Homes Division has recently appointed a staff person to the Community Collaborative Partnership with the Department of Health care Services, Long Term care Division. The core objective of the Long Term Support Services Committee is to provide resource services for community based living options for at risk populations including veterans. There are eight Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) located throughout the state that CalVet will work with in addition to other programs in place.
- Completion Date: May 2014
- Response Date: August 2014
California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented
6-Month Agency Response
Developed Policy on referral options for veterans not admitted.
- Estimated Completion Date: April 2014
- Response Date: November 2013
California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending
60-Day Agency Response
As part of its continuing efforts to improve its programs, prior to the completion of the audit, CalVet developed an audit matrix for monthly review of the Pre-Admission Tracking System. Within 60 days the department will develop an audit schedule to ensure that the system is used consistently by all the veterans homes. Also, within 60 days CalVet will develop policies on referral options provided to veterans who have been placed on the waiting list or denied admissions into a Veterans home. Develop Policy on referral options for veterans not admitted.
- Estimated Completion Date: September 2013
- Response Date: July 2013
California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.