This is Emergency Services as its Defined on a Community Services Boards' Web Site

Emergency Services/Crisis Counseling is a State mandated program. This unit provides short-term crisis counseling and referrals to individuals on an emergency basis. Emergency and crisis response services include: telephone interventions; face-to-face assessments and evaluation (including pre-admission screening); psychiatric consultation and other clinical consultation about mental health, substance abuse, and special populations which include children, adolescents, geriatric, people with mental retardation, and individuals involved in the forensic system. Emergency Services/Crisis Counseling is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Everything on this website has been thoroughly examined, reviewed, evaluated, and ultimately approved by The Citizens’ Committee for the Advancement of Rational Thought and Actions in Virginia's Mental Health System….

Things Sure Aren't What They Used to be..Conditions Sure Have Changed

coming soon........

Friday, January 18, 2008

Mom, if only you could have lived long enough to know that I'm now a Professional.....

I remember many years ago my mom would always say, Why don't you get an executive job? We never discussed exactly what that meant, though I'm sure in her mind it was at a minimum, a stable job with decent pay where I could wear a suit and not have to get dirty.
Anyway, old Mid-Mountain CSB, in order to try to weasel out of having to pay us overtime, call us professionals.
Great, hey. I'm now a real professional. I think my mom would be proud; however, I'm sure she'd be ticked off at Mid-Mountain for cheating (is that too strong a word?) me out of what's due (yes, my overtime).

Here's the U.S. Department of Labor's definition:

To qualify for the learned professional employee exemption, all of the following tests must be met:
• The employee must be compensated on a salary or fee basis (as defined in the regulations) at a rate not less than $455 per week;
• The employee’s primary duty must be the performance of work requiring advanced knowledge, defined as work which is predominantly intellectual in character and which includes work requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment;
• The advanced knowledge must be in a field of science or learning; and
• The advanced knowledge must be customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.

Now, good old Mid-Mountain wants it both ways. They tacitly admit to the above definition.... advanced knowledge...predominantly intellectual in character and which includes work requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment...acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.

Wow, that sounds like a pretty skilled person. Maybe even a valuable person. Hey, this is someone who goes into the community and makes decisions and causes things to happen. Wow, again. Yeah, and you ain't gotta pay them overtime.

Of course, when old Mid-Mountain decides to make changes that effect these professionals...these highly trained they ever consult with them to get their input (I don't like this word used this way....why can't they/them use suggestions, advice, something like that? input should be used when you're talking about an input jack on a computer...but, hey...they/them most likely say, Let's do lunch, and heck, they may even tell you what their sign is)? You know the answer to that one.
Yes, they have the skills and knowledge to act independently and be responsible for their decisions...held accountable for their actions...but, hey, they aren't knowledgeable enough to know what kind of so-called training they need; they aren't knowledgeable enough to make suggestions about procedures that would make their jobs easier and more efficient; no one (them/they) has ever asked their opinion about anything.....nothing! But, hey, when it's paycheck time....yep, these folks are professional. That they are.

Well.......I could go on and on...but no more time will be wasted here. I think you guys have the idea, hey?