I am number 27 on the list for Mental Health Skill Building. I applied for it in Feburary 2015. Yes that is right almost a year and a half ago. What is mental health skill building? It is an in home service for the chronic mental health patients that have been hospitalization. We help them go to their medical appointments, their medications, socialization, and other needed services for 10 hours a week. There professionals have a bachelors or better. They are paid well. They keep people out of the hospital.
These agencies like mine can hire about 10 people. Right now an agency is number 285 on the list. That is 2,850 jobs waiting for almost 10,000 clients. We have shootings of and by mentally ill people. The hospitals are full and can’t keep them.
I called to find out why. They have two people for the whole state of Virginia to process the paperwork. Virginia has 8.401 million people. If 10 % are mentally ill, that is 840,000 people. These workers have to verify information, do office inspections, background checks and see if forms and procedures match current laws. 2 people.
If they move 3 steps a time, it will take an additional 9 months for my application to start the process. That will be next year. How long can our mentally ill people wait? How many jobs go unfilled?
I have contacted the papers, and wrote a Senator. I am pushing on. Next I go to television. I want to serve the disadvantaged, employ people. Do my civic duty.
Number 27 is not so great after all.
I finally have started my novel on my career as a therapist. I will post exercpts from time to time and hope you will critique it. I will try to be as honest as possible without giving away any client privledged information. I also will shed light on various diagnosis, failed treatments, modalities. I hope to have me grow as a person and learn as I write. Many people go into this field wanting to save the world. They have no clue. The textbooks do not tell you about assessments in the hood, walking the park to engage the homeless, going into homes to look after children, watching people detox, doing therapy in a soup kitchen and jail. It is a journey for me and for my clients. I also apologize to my first clients that I learned with and hope they got better anyway.
And don’t get me started on insurance billing. They don’t touch that.
Most places give you long screenings and ask a bunch of questions. It comes down to this. When you go out to drink and plan on having two drinks, do you have two drinks? When you drink, do you black out? Have you ever acted in a way that you are ashamed? Do you drink in secret?
The reason I ask these questions is that when you are planning an activity and you can’t stop. Non alcoholics can predict the outcome of their drinking. They have a drink and leave.
Normal drinkers do no black out. A black out is when you have a period of time that you do not remember what you did. You cannot recollect anything.
Normal drinking does not cause you to act like an ass. If every time you drink you act like an ass, you probably should not drink.
What we do in secret we do not want people to know about and why don’t you want people to know how much you drink? If you drink normally you are out in the open. Your alcohol consumption is not a problem that someone would mention to you. If people comment on your drinking, you do it in secret so they won’t comment.
I hope this clears it up.