Frequently Asked Questions
- Does my money support inmates or inmate programs?
- Can anyone be a member or are you required to be a DC employee?
- I’m a contractor for the Department of Corrections. Can I join the Foundation?
- Why is financial assistance limited to DC employees?
- I’m an employee of the Department of Corrections. How do I request assistance?
- What is your administrative investment and where does it go?
- How can I be sure the funds I donate are properly used?
- I donate less than $1 per pay period. Am I a member?
- Why is there now a minimum $1,000 threshold before there’s an assumption of need?
- Why do you require a specific amount of out-of-pocket expenses to be provided?
- How can we find out how much in donations you’ve been collecting and how much in assistance you’ve been providing?
Does my money support inmates or inmate programs?
Absolutely not! Each program has its own designated funding source. Membership dues solely benefit the Employee Assistance Program and your fellow officers and employees.
Anyone can join the Corrections Foundation. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join. However, financial assistance through the Employee Assistance Program is limited to DC employees. OPS employees are eligible to join and benefit from membership, too.
Certainly! You can join the Foundation and welcome your membership. However, contract employees are currently not eligible for financial assistance through the Employee Assistance Program.
The Corrections Foundation is established by state law (FS 944.802). This law sets up the Foundation to benefit the Department of Corrections and its employees.
Please make sure you review the criteria and procedure to receive assistance to make sure you are eligible.
Each request is evaluated by Foundation staff. Foundation staff and the Foundation’s Executive Board has final authority to approve or deny any request.
A full 90 cents of each payroll deduction dollar goes to support Employee Assistance Programs. The ten cents goes to support administrative items such as salary and office supplies. In addition, the ten cents enables Foundation staff to seek additional funding outside the Department. The funds raised from these efforts exceed the total amount deducted, thus making it a wise and thoughtful investment.
Funds from DC payroll deduction are put into a separate account and utilized only for the Employee Assistance Program. All expenditures are documented and receipts and authorizations are required.
The Corrections Foundation has a finance committee and an executive committee that reviews and oversees financial procedures of the Foundation.
In addition, the two senior officers in the Corrections Foundation – the President and Vice President – are not DC employees.
Each year an audit is performed by a Tallahassee-based accounting firm. The audit is performed with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.
The result of that audit and other documents are available at http://www.correctionsfoundation.org/about/forms-and-publications/
No. The minimum donation to be considered a member is $1 and has been since 2004. We have taken the step of cancelling the donation of those who contribute less than a $1 so there is no one who mistakes a donation of less than $1 as a member. Anyone who has paid less than $1 is not considered a member and does not qualify for benefits, including Casual Friday or the full amount of assistance in crises situations.
There is no “grandfathering” or otherwise any exception to this.
Daily emergencies happen to everyone at some point. It’s recommended that everyone have a $1,000 accessible in an emergency fund to deal with small-scale emergencies. The Corrections Foundation shouldn’t be used to cover routine expenses that occur for everyone at any given point.
We can, of course, look at this on a case-by-case basis and can make exceptions for individual cases as needed.
This is to ensure we do not provide more in assistance than an employee actually encumbers. There have been situations where inaccurate information has been provided where expenses that were claimed to have been incurred were not actually incurred because they were covered by insurance, resulting in, for example, a $20,000 bill actually only being $500 because insurance covered $19,500.
How can we find out how much in donations you’ve been collecting and how much in assistance you’ve been providing?
The staff and board of the Corrections Foundation are dedicated to transparency and accountability, which go hand-in-hand. Transparency is indeed a necessary condition for accountability. The Corrections Foundation adheres to the Donor Bill of Rights, available at http://www.correctionsfoundation.org/about/donor-bill-of-rights/
Each month we’ll provide on our website, through our social networking, and e-mail distribution our EAP donations and our monthly aggregate pay-outs.
Under no circumstances will individual data will be released or any data that could lead individuals to guess at who has requested or received assistance. This data is protected.