in the mental health department over 100 "dependent" contractors have been employed year after year without any of the benefits of employees. These workers are clients of mental health services or family of those receiving services. The employee relationnship looks like that of a regular coded staff except without any benefits or protections, in fact these creatively misclassifoed employees are generally employedd at a level of at least 100 percent plus BELOW the rate of coded staff doing the same or similiar work. They are not allowed to apply for open positions on the transfer line depite wrking there for years because those positions are for County employees. they have to pay into calpers which is for county staff but are not given any other benefits,sick time,vacation,etc.