MEET & CONFER NOVEMBER 3RD!
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION REGARDING THE CHANGE IN DO 503? SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS HERE ASAP!
SHAVING WAIVER CONCERNS?
Dear Brothers & Sisters:
We at AZCPOA have been hearing from our members who are upset with the recent changes to DO 503.
First DO 503 was changed so that uniformed staff could no longer wear beards unless staff obtained shaving waivers from their doctors.
Many of you submitted proper shaving waivers.
In response ADC again changed DO 503. Now ADC is requiring anyone submitting a shaving waiver to sign a "release" authorizing ADC to review your medical records.
We also understand that the OHN's, statewide, are gathering your medical records and forwarding them for a "medical review" at Central Office.
ADC will only honor your doctor's shaving waiver if ADC's own "medical review" (of your medical records) believes your medical condition warrants a waiver.
Our sources tell us that ADC's "medical review" is rejecting all of the waivers.
AZCPOA has already written to Director Ryan requesting that he rescind the DO 503 changes. We'll keep you posted on his response.
But we need to do more. And so AZCPOA needs your help gathering information to present to Director Ryan.
AZCPOA needs to find out how many members with legitimate medical needs for shaving waivers are being rejected by the "medical review."
If you have submitted a shaving waiver and have signed a medical release, You can help us by emailing or calling the AZCPOA office and letting us know: (1) what unit you work in, and (2) whether ADC accepted or rejected your shaving waiver.
We won't reveal your name to ADC but we want a record of the waivers submitted and rejected by ADC.
AZCPOA needs to get some proof of how ADC is handling the "medical reviews."
If it is true that the medical review is just rejecting all of the waivers, then AZCPOA is prepared to take further action with the Director and ADC.
AZCPOA Executive President
Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association
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