[audio-pals] Re: FW: VR Counselor is Horrible

  • From: Thomas McMahan <shadowmonstrosity@xxxxxxx>
  • To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:15:17 -0500

Makes you wonder what all they are doing with the money budgeted to them 
doesn’t it?  I know in most States the budget allotment for rehab is on the 
bottom, but it’s still pretty sizable, and at most it is frozen, not actually 
cut.  They are more likely to cut services.  

The biggest thing you’ve got on them is if you take it outside the agency.  
They will listen to you then because they don’t want it outside.  It’s been 
that way my whole life, and I’ve been around for a little while.  

I think you can work out the rest for when it’s necessary.  

On Aug 12, 2014, at 3:50 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> The VR counselor sent me an e-mail this morning including his supervisor and 
> he attempted to clarify what he didn’t say yesterday, but says I must have 
> misunderstood because he was including funding to cover my textbooks. 
> However, he didn’t touch the fact that they cover rent and dorm room expenses 
> for students as well as meal money. He only went on to say that if for some 
> reason the money does not come in, in a timely manner then they would 
> definitely reimburse me. He isn’t getting the fact that he is doing this 
> completely different from the previous two VR counselors and he refuses to 
> provide me with any documentation regarding any changes that may have taken 
> place.
>     Interesting enough I found out before my previous counselor left that due 
> to the pay that they were offering for VR counselors, my state agency, they 
> couldn’t get anyone of any quality to take the job. This seems to be evident 
> without her ever saying the first word. I hope and pray that he gets better 
> in time and isn’t just there for a paycheck which it is seeming that way 
> right now. The good news is, he thought he was being a rather smart guy by 
> including his supervisor, but now I know who she is and have her e-mail 
> address. So, now I will start discussing all these new apparent chages with 
> her and see what she has to say about it if things continue to go down hill. 
> I believe I could do his job without a degree or at least as good as he is 
> doing anyways. Perhaps I will talk to her about taking his job *LOL* j/k.     
>   
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> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Josh
> Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 9:51 PM
> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [audio-pals] FW: VR Counselor is Horrible
>  
> I have fought my VR counselor ever since he became my VR counselor. He has 
> requested documents that no other counselor has requested, he has made 
> incorrect statements regarding whether or not he will accept the university’s 
> recommendation for a lighter courseload, he has tried to shut down my 
> continuing education, and now he is messing with my money. I did gain some 
> ground though on the continuing education because when I first started VR I 
> told them I want to go to law school. Well, the VR counselor at the time told 
> me that I should probably go with a lighter load, so I did. I did make her 
> document somewhere though that I want to go to law school.  I told my second 
> counselor the same thing and told her I may continue on with psychology. 
> Well, it gets to this guy who thinks he is all of that and a bag of *insert 
> your favorite chip here* *LOL* and I talked to him briefly once before 
> regarding continuing on and he said that they would have to see, but he 
> sounded doubtful. So, when I was talking to him seriously about it I asked 
> him if the department was going to pay for me to continue on with a higher 
> degree or if I am going to have to get representation to fight for it. He 
> didn’t answer me directly and we hung up. We started discussing it off and on 
> and he opened up the door for me to ask about law school again when he said 
> that they cannot tell me what to do. I took the window of opportunity. The 
> latest is I need to pick between law school and psychology and let him know 
> by Friday. Now, a new battle has popped its ugly head up and that is him not 
> giving me funding for my textbooks when they pay other people’s rent. He 
> wants me to go out and purchase the 5 or 600 dollars sometimes maybe even 
> $800 worth of textbooks each semester and then they will reimburse me for 
> supplies and textbooks. Um, no! This has never been done this way before so I 
> want answers as to why it is this way now other than the fact I pushed them 
> on one battle so now they are trying to come at me from a different angle. I 
> told them I fight enough battles on my own without having to fight the very 
> system that is there to help me by providing the funding I need to go to 
> school. I am hoping that I can get someone a lot better to handle this or at 
> least make him better through prayer.
>     For some reason though I thought when given the opportunity to go to law 
> school I would jump on it and run, but really and truthful I am having a hard 
> time choosing. I am actually leaning more toward mental health counselor 
> which is completely different from what I was looking at from the get go 
> because if I stayed with counseling and didn’t go for the law school then I 
> wanted to do family counseling, but now the mental health counseling is 
> appealing to me. So, now that I havea choice the turmoil has started *LOL*. 
> Do I go for a JD or do I go for an MA in counseling.     

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