Somerville parking update

The director of the health department acknowledged that a provider can't disclose client information, and informed me that there's an easy solution of either using a meter or having the individual get a visitor permit. Right. There aren't meters in the neighborhood, or I'd of course have used them. My client doesn't leave the house much and doesn't share personal documents, both due to disability. The first thing I did when I found out they were going to resident parking was to google what was necessary to get a visitor pass. I asked individual whether able to take a bill or copy of lease to parking office, and individual responded with a very strong preference to have privacy respected, particularly by government agencies.


3 comments:

Jodie said...

If this is a client through an agency you're working/contracting for, do they have any ideas on what to do?

Jodie said...

I only ask that because I'm wondering if the agency can get a permit (without disclosing client information). I'm really thinking that's how the VNA does it. Before 9/11, I used to be able to drive through an Airforce base in my area specifically because I worked for an agency (for client business, right near the base)- I had a special permit and everything. I know I didn't have to give them any client info, just the agency's. I know that the VNA did the same thing.

eeka said...

Not through an agency. The Somerville Health Dept seems to have a hard time wrapping their head around the idea of me seeing a very isolated person with a disability who doesn't get other services. She said that my options are to get a note from "the ordering physician" listing only the neighborhood, or to contact the individual's family to have them get a visitor permit. OMG. I don't have a release for either of those parties, if they even exist. She won't take the note I've offered stating that I'm a licensed clinician and happy to give my license info as collateral that I'm obviously not going to abuse a permit allowing me to park for an hour in the middle of nowhere in Somerville, but she'll take a note from a random physician stating that I have a reason to be doing so. It's tempting to just have one of my doctor friends write said note, but at this point I want to get to an actual resolution of this, since I now have the Somerville Health Dept pretty much denying that such a population exists in Somerville and giving me unsolicited advice to go behind this person's back and do all kinds of things that are going to make therapy slide backwards rather than just giving me a damn parking permit for an hour per week. And to top it off, they've been extremely condescending, explaining to me in great detail how to use a visitor permit and a parking meter, as if I would be bothering them if this were an option.