This may be a 'B' session or a cry session, I'm not sure which one yet, so be prepared either way.
Yesterday we had a staff meeting at work. To give you some background I am a Certified Information & Referral Specialist and a Certified Resource Specialist at a Mental Health Agency that also provides 2-1-1 (Information & Referral) for a four county area.
I have been at this agency since Oct 22, 1990. 27 years, 4 months. For years we were known as First Call for Help (FCFH). On July 1, 2014 FCFH merged with Family Service of NWO (FSNO). Since that time FSNO opened up a 10 bed adult unit for crisis intervention services. We also have a 10 bed adolescent unit.
Yesterday they dropped a HUGE bomb on us. FSNO will be closing at the end of April. There will no longer be an agency PERIOD!!! I am floored to say the least.
Now for some things I do know:
1.) We are working with our local ADAMH's Board (Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board) regarding them purchasing our building for the amount still owed. Basically taking over the mortgage. We should here back from our ADAMH's Board within the next 10 days or so as to whether they are going to purchase our building.
2.) Our agency is very unique. We do mental health assessment in our four county area. We are the only agency that provides this service 24/7. We are also the national 2-1-1 call center for our four county area. Again, no one provides that service.
3.) Our current agency, FSNO, and our local ADAMH's Board are trying to procure jobs for our staff with another agency called A Renewed Mind
What I do not know:
1.) Are we going to be taken over or am I going to be out of a job, out of money, out of health insurance, and out of luck.
2.) When is long enough to know, long enough to know? We were told yesterday to hang tight, they see good things coming down the road for CCC but they could not give us definite answers. But, don't tell me it will be alright when you don't know yourself.
3.) It's hard to put on a smile when inside you are torn up about everything that is going on. For us we have to continue on as if nothing is happening. We still need to deliver top notch services for our consumers/clients.
4.) Even if A Renewed Mind does take over I have to interview for my position that I have held for 27 years. What if they don't like me? One thing I can tell you. I have been there the longest. I know the system inside out. I'm the only one that knows how to do reports. I am the only one who updates all of the 4000 plus programs in the database that provides information & referral to a four county area.
With all of this being said, I could use some prayers, good vibes, well intentions or whatever else you can throw at me right now. (please just no tomatoes
as I am allergic to them) I slept a total of 4 hours last night. I felt like I just fell asleep and it was time to wake up already.
I have always been known as an optimistic person. I do feel that our local ADAMH's board will not let our four county clients down. They will not leave them in the lurch without providing them with services (Think about it, if they did they would also go under).
Well that is all I have to say. I am thankful for my SP buddies. SP has always been a safe haven for me and I know I will continue to make it that way.
Have a blessed day everything and thank you for letting me sound off.
Just for kicks ~