During my employment with The Village, I was seriously injured by one of their clients. Now there is permanent injury which I'm going to have to live with for the rest of my life.
Even though I understand the nature of behavioral health work can include being assaulted, there still isn't enough done to protect the staff here. This agency is just too greedy and puts profits before people. Since Connecticut has reduced or eliminated lots of programs for youth, there aren't many left. The Village has tried to respond to this need by becoming more flexible to meet the state's needs.
However, there needs to be a balance. The boundary line between meeting the needs of your funder (DCF) and ensuring staff safety should never be blurred.
Right now it is, and The Village is actually a very dangerous place to work. So please do a lot more to advocate for the appropriate types of referrals into the programs and improve staff safety.
Reason of review: negligent work practices.
Monetary Loss: $10000.
Preferred solution: There's nothing that can be done to offset all of my hefty medical bills which I have sustained as a result of being seriously injured by one of this agency's clients. However, what can be done in the future is to ensure staff and client safety..