Honestly, I understood none of this. Reading this was like watching someone wave a big dirty American flag while screaming "Marika!Oh I agree 100% But in the "employment specialist and community engagement specialist" industry, it's complete bullshit because the agencies would actually LOVE to yeet Spuds off their caseloads, but DRS/DHS calls the shots because they tender payment to the agency. The (I shit you not: they call them this) "consumer" is on a milestone plan. Works like this for those who don't know: Day 1, 15 day, 45 day, and 90 day.
The agency receives their governmental gibs me dats on Spuds' behalf if and when she makes 90 days. She could get fired on day 91. Then guess what? The employment specialists have to start over. And the agency got paid. There is NO SUBSEQUENT pay to the agency.
So the employment specialist still gets their hourly, the agency gets no more Illinois gibs tied to that client. The client can request even after day 90 even if they don't quit or get fired for the employment specialist and DRS/DHS to stay with them for up to a full year. This entails staffings that usually occur once a month at your local welfare office or at the agency.
Wanna get more pissed at these useless fucks?
People like SPUDS can (and often do) quit or are kicked out of services with the agency. And they can re-apply and come right back. Like herpes!! The agency has to re-up her intake, get her IM/CANS (mental health evaluation), court papers, welfare, or whatever is tied to her, then DRS/DHS also has to re-up intake at their end, make a finding, and mail a letter to the potato. Here in Illinois...this is very (sigh) very (sigh) very easy. Jesus Fucking Christ.
Don't get me wrong. It is a very rewarding and interesting line of work which helps even the specialist (you write resumes, cover letters, form rapports with employers, etc.) but the agencies are overrun by fat sacks of shit like Spuds who clearly DO NOT want a job, and you have to go through the motions, you are bound by HIPAA and Illinois State law with DRS and Adult Services. There are people who use the service who NEED the service and benefit greatly...
* TIP Court (Drug court)
* Mental Health--so anyone seeing a psychiatrist for mental health.
* Transitional from either homelessness or domestic violence
* And of course...veterans!
So you can see why the services ARE needed and useful...just not for the SPUD.
All I got was that some kind of weird abbreviated agencies in the usa are corrupt and like money