What is going on here?
Now as for the people at SAID - my worker for example. I handed in a letter telling him that the rent was going up to $650 an increase of $75 from $575. I got a phone call in short order that was very sarcastic and demeaning that I needed to provide a copy of the notice of rent increase. So I copied this (one for them and one for me) and handed one in. I also attached a letter stating that I need to know if they will be paying the increased rent or not. I said that in righting or by phone will do. Now every time something like this comes up they are obligated by their own policy manual and regulations to provide a response in writing. I have yet to be provided with any hint as to if they will be paying the increased rent or not. This is a shady way of getting around the fact that I have 30 days to appeal a judgment. What the heck people? I handed this in on July 27, 2013 at 1:30pm. This is a letter that is coming to me in the same city. It should have taken 2 days 3 at most. No sign of it so far. So what now do I send in yet another letter asking what is going on and get ignored yet another time? Sigh.
The thing I like is that in the press release for the start of the SAID program the government of Saskatchewan told the world that this is to help give back dignity to the clients and take away the stigma of social services. The fact is, the same worker with the same work ethic are handling our cases. They use the same lax mannerisms to deal with us. For example one worker tends to cut people off with no notice instead of contacting them (as is the regulation) to provide what is needed to get things on track again. This had been brought to the attention of our local MLA's and to the supervisors. But this person as far as I know is still working there after many years of operating in this manner. Now to ignore my request for information as to the payment of the increased rent or not is also shady to say the least. Where is this dignity that was talked about? Fact is it's the same as it ever was...
I have been told by a fallow disabled person that they will do anything to get us off the books. This does include driving people out of the province and driving them to suicide. Being that a large number of the disabled people have mental illnesses, I can only wonder if this is true. After all we are talking about people with a problem of getting their thoughts out of control and then doing things that are harmful to themselves. To treat them in the manner that I and others I have known have been treated, is to put these people at serious risk. I know that it has driven me to almost end up in the hospital until I was able to control how I think in a positive manner. For those who can not do this, what will become of them?
To close I have to say that ever place people like myself turn we are discriminated against. This is true from the people we rent from and for the people that are supposed to be our workers. The amount of money that would be saved by treating us with respect and humanity would more than be worthwhile. After all - to have people in prisons or in the hospital all the time, as a result of negative handling - is to waste a hell of a lot of money.
Peace - Dave.