I worked for DHS in a Crisis Home for almost 3 years. I started at the bottom as a Human Service Technician, and quickly applied and got promoted to a Behavior Modification Assistant. I loved the house that I was working for at the time, my supervisor was one of the best that DHS has. I shortly (like 3 months after getting my BMA) was asked to work out of class as a Behavior Analyst in a different house. I learned a lot during this time and I was really hoping that I could make a career out of working and helping those we serve long term.
But there are so many things that are wrong with DHS... Firstly for a long period of time DHS was in a hiring freeze! How the heck can you not be able to hire new staff when other staff quit or get fired?! No understanding there! Secondly, DHS has an extremely hard time finding QUALIFIED staff!! Working with the individuals that the staff house in group home is extremely difficult and takes a lot out of a person. Don't get me wrong it can be rewarding, but it is also at the cost of having to work with some extremely dangerous individuals.
Also I honestly felt like I was working with a bunch of high school students often, there are so many people that are "snakes in the grass" and it was hard to be able to trust your coworkers.
LASTLY--- Management is ridiculous, I truly believe that there are certain supervisors and managers that only care about the well being of those individuals we serve and not the staff.
I was hard to see other staff members (including myself) get treated so poorly from both the individuals we served and the supervisor.
Honestly working for DHS was a fun good job, up until major management changes occurred. But I know that I made the correct decision to quit before I lost my sanity!