Joyless unfriendly place to work
Substance Abuse Counselor (Former Employee) – Longmont, CO – February 21, 2015
The AOP Program in Longmont is chaotic and unorganized. The manager and supervisor have no sense of humor and are heady and unfeeling. They cannot find anyone to fill the substance abuse counselor there, so asked me to do a month's documentation backed up because the other people before me were "mishaps". Mental Health Partners (MHP) is not interested in hiring people who have warmth and good clinical skills. It's about overkill in paper work for job security. There is a lot of judgmental people in the management structure too. For example, at the last new employee orientation, we were watching a video on cross-cultural sensitivities. A man addressed that it is going to be tricky for him because he is going to work with law enforcement, which may be a culture of punishment, while he comes from a more treatment point of view. I have over 15 years working with offenders in community corrections. I stated that I too had some struggles when dealing with the criminal culture, as well as a culture of punishment in the half-way house program where I worked. When I expressed that, I was shot down by the presenter, an unfriendly aggressive woman who judged me and my opinion and experience. I dare say she never worked with manipulative criminals or sociopaths. MHP is a culture of stoic unfeeling aggressive women. I was let go after a week because I struggled to learn the hundreds of guidelines to make even a simple note in a timely manner. I passed the Spanish proficiency test, but they are not committed to reaching out to monolingual Spanish-speaking consumers. Bilingual clinicians are hard to find, and they could care less. HR is maxed out and looks down at you if you are struggling. IS too. They're probably over-worked and under-paid. Anyway, I wish any new employee in this culture good luck. They take a lot of money from Medicaid and provide terrible treatment.