Small Change in Criteria and Updated FAQs

The Corrections Foundation has recently updated its criteria as well as updated its FAQs, available at http://www.correctionsfoundation.org/frequently-asked-questions/.

This change will not largely affect any requests or the request process, but helps ensure fiscal stability of the Corrections Foundation, which exists largely on donations by requiring employees and officers to encumber a minimum $1,000 out-of-pocket expenses before an assumption of need is made and that a specific amount of expenses be provided.

This is to ensure the integrity of the request process and that all requests are provided fair and equitable consideration as well as to ensure that requests are in fact need-based and not used to cover routine expenses. Exceptions can also be made in case-by-base basis (eg, single parent in a low-income position, etc).

The full EAP criteria are on our website at http://www.correctionsfoundation.org/employee-assistance-criteria/.

All Wardens, Circuit Administrators, Directors, and Bureau Chiefs have been provided the new Employee Assistance Form.

Also, here are the updated frequently asked questions to help explain why we needed to make this change.

Why is there now a minimum $1,000 threshold before there’s an assumption of need?

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 such as a single parent in a low-income position.

The goal is to ensure requests are need-based and not simply a vehicle to cover routine or minor expenses.

Why do you require a specific amount of out-of-pocket expenses to be provided?

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 are protected.

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