Use this place only to gain experience. No advancement. Terrible Pay.
Mental Health Assistant (Former Employee) – Savannah, GA – June 19, 2018
There's a strong disconnect between management and "on the floor employees" (mental health techs, therapists, nurses) that work directly with the clients (adolescents 4-17 yrs old). Management stay in their office and almost never visit the units themselves where the clients are and get supervisors to carry out their commands when it's not practical for the environment we work in. For example, the training we receive to restrain patients is a joke if the client is bigger than you and in many cases they are. It's very common to be threatened and/or attacked by a client. Management has never sat on the units to witness the day to day operations; it seems they are afraid to. The clients are children but they are extremely aggressive, manipulative, attention seeking, etc. The legal ratio is 1 staff to every 5 children but common sense would indicate with Coastal Harbor being a level 6 facility (a step away from juvenile) this is not a safe ratio for the staff or the clients. The management at Coastal Harbor is only interested in profits while the employees actually care about the clients and their jobs. However, Coworkers are petty, they sleep with each other and gossip ALOT. The pay is absolutely TERRIBLE ACROSS THE BOARD and raises are literally cents to a dollar (once a year so whatever you came in making be prepared to stay at or around that salary for awhile). Work there for a year (if you can handle it) and then move on to a company that values you.
Potential to make a difference in client's lives, good place to gain experience