Update in State vs County Situation....Interesting...

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by DaisyFace, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    Last I heard, County MH was planning on sending a person to our home to work on "training the parents" to get difficult child's "behavioral issues" under control.

    After posting about it here....and reading various opinions...I've been getting myself ready to go through this, but prepared to see little improvement in difficult child.

    Because County MH was 'handling the situation", the State was prepared to close our case...and it looked like that was it.

    Well, well, well....

    Turns out that County MH does not actually offer the in-home service. And the County MH director just planned to refer difficult child to another agency and wash her hands of it.

    Surprise, surprise (NOT) - this other agency has a long waiting list of their own. So there's no way that difficult child can even get an appointment to see one of their intake people for MONTHS....and then there's no guarantee that the agency would accept difficult child as a client, much less help her.

    So State Regional Manager was none too pleased to hear about this. Caseworker contacted me to see if we would be interested in services while County MH was trying to get difficult child to this other agency? Of course!!!

    Caseworker thought maybe we could get difficult child into some kind of summer program - camp, club, maybe even help her find some kind of summer job -

    BUT State RM thought that was not good enough...

    So State wants to send a specialist to work in our home at the direction of our therapist to ensure that difficult child actually follows through with the things that are discussed in therapy. IOW - if therapist tells difficult child she wants her to take her medications every day - this person will come to the home and make sure that difficult child is medication compliant. If therapist tells difficult child that she is supposed to be writing a journal about her feelings every day - this person will make sure difficult child does that. If therapist wants to make sure that the family is working on different issues - this person will come to the house to help facilitate that.

    Whoo-Hoo!!!!! :choir:

    But, now that this is the proposal...there needs to be another meeting to decide how to implement the plan and the treatment goals.

    Well, I can do another meeting standing on my HEAD if it means we will finally get some REAL help!!!
  2. TeDo

    TeDo Guest

    I thought only our difficult child's were good at creating drama. I totally forgot about some of the "public servants" out there being just as bad. I am glad things are finally going to happen. It took long enough!
  3. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Wow... I'm floored...
  4. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    You got that right!

    Let's see...

    We applied for this State program in October of 2009.

    Accepted but waitlisted by December 2009.

    Finally off the waitlist December 2010.

    Now, just waiting for everybody to get together on something...

    I mean, it's only March 2011...
  5. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    Finally!!!! You may get help in less than two years -- that may be a record :rofl:
  6. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    YAY! Hope they make sure they have those ducks in a row along with a Plan B and C. And maybe an escape tunnel for you if those don't work.
  7. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Daisy.....go do a google search for MST okay? I swear that is what you want even if Klmno had a bad experience with it. It is the gold standard for these kids. Please...just maybe dont call it MST but copy down the types of things they do and ask for them.
  8. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not


    I don't seem to have the power to ask for anything at all! Caseworker, State RM, therapist and County Director keep having telephone discussions about possible solutions for difficult child....then I get a call from caseworker (who seems not to know much) who vaguely explains that they have a program in mind where somebody comes to the house...

    But she seems unable or reluctant to answer direct questions about said program, and will say things like 'I don't know the specifics' or 'I'm waiting to hear back on that...'

    I'm hoping the next meeting will be more productive than the last!