California home health care program hires felons

Felons convicted of rape, deadly weapon assault and other violent crimes have been hired by California's home health care program to look after ailing residents.

The Los Angeles Times says documents provided by state officials show there are at least 210 workers and applicants flagged by investigators as unsuitable to work in the program.

Still, they are scheduled to resume or begin employment. And background checks haven't been done on thousands of current workers.

State and county investigators have not reported violent crime backgrounds because program rules allow felons to work as home care aides. They can only be disqualified if there's a history of specific types of child abuse, elder abuse or defrauding of public assistance programs.

Privacy laws prevent warning elderly, infirm and disabled residents that caregivers are felons.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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