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

  • From: "BethAnn LaPresta" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> (Redacted sender "bela28_02@xxxxxxxxx" for DMARC)
  • To: "audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:22:45 -0700

I didn't realize you were offering a good sized weekend getaway at your 
expense...I would really love a vacation right about now.  How about a trip to 
Ohio to visit Heather Lynn?
 
In all seriousness, you and I seem to attract knobheads there Joshie.  You with 
your schooling, me with doctors.  Oy! 


On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:45 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
  


Well, it looked a little fishy or at least sounded a little fishy when Amanda 
was reading it. Sounded like he had budgeted for me to get it, but was not 
going to be dispersing it to me unless I needed it. Well, you know what happens 
to that kind of money a lot of times. Someone would be havinga good size 
weekened get away at my expense.
 
From:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
On Behalf Of Thomas McMahan
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:15 PM
To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [audio-pals] Re: FW: VR Counselor is Horrible
 
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.       
From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [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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