MHT (Former Employee) – St Clairsvle, OH – December 19, 2016
It's a shame when you have people that want to make a difference in the kids lives that are fostered there and management doesn't care. MHTs who are working with the kids on a daily (hourly basically) basis are not listened too, at all. I understand it's a business and money is a must, but higher ups just don't seem to care. As a tech, you're severely understaffed to efficiently work with these kids. Granted, it isn't an easy job to start with, but it's made even harder when you feel no one, except who you're on the floor with that day, has your back.
Attempting to make a positive difference in the children's lives.
Always short-staffed, management is NOT there for the kids
Mental Health Technician (Former Employee) – St. Clairsville, OH – September 15, 2016
This is an awful place to work. Mhts are treated horribly, short staffed always, management never has the staffs back, you leave work with new bruises, scratches and even bite marks almost daily. The place is very dirty, it is not a therapeutic environment for children. Most of the teachers there are great and will help out when needed. Mhts do help each other out. Restraints happen daily and usually a lot of them. The kids will start acting out just because it's fun to them or they don't like the staff. Management never takes into consideration the advice from those that work hands on with the kids. staff gets fired all of the time for just trying to do their job. Short breaks and never a lunch, you can eat with the kids but have to pay for your food which is usually awful.
Actually helping a child and being appreciated by them
No lunch break, no support from management, low pay
disappointing. appeared to have something to hide. bad management
director (Former Employee) – st clairsville, oh – November 22, 2014
The CEO told me management didn't "trust" me because they were "afraid you will quit and report us for what you learn about us." When I interviewed I was told restraints were a last resort and that the facility was moving away from restraints. That was not the case. 10 restraints were done in a 2 hour period. As a therapist and as a manager I felt none of the 10 restraints were necessary. Therapists tried, but no one, especially management seemed to care about coping skills or identifying why the little kids, and they were little, were escalated. I was told by the CEO I wasn't involved in enough restraints. Management prided themselves on the number of restraints they participated in. As a manager I found this unsettling. There is a huge lack a communication which leaves the mht feeling isolated. The units are filthy. Food and beverages are often spilled on the floors and let there. Children's belongings are everywhere and no one knows what goes where. Kids daily wear someone else's clothes and shoes. Morale is extremely low. Training is poor at best. If you are in management you will be expected to work well beyond 8 hrs every day even when circumstances do not warrant it. You are expected to put the job over your family at all times. The facility has a history of unethical and abusive behavior. Sadly in my short time there, despite reassurances from the CEO, the behaviors continued. The facility needs all new management from the CEO down to the unit supervisors. They need quality ethical leaders then and only then will fox run become what I was promised it was.
Patient Counselor (Former Employee) – Ohio – May 24, 2014
This hospital neglects the patient. The environment is chaotic, disruptive and the tech's are given no rights. The patient care plan is rarely followed. The management attitude and demeanor reflects a complete disconnect from the reality that exists.
Working with children
Upper management disregards those who are on the front lines concerns
mental health techinician (Former Employee) – st.clairsville ohio – October 31, 2013
Fox Run is a very poorly ran facility. Work Schedule and hours are OK. Units are divided into behavior and IQ, ratio is suppose to be 1 staff per 3 patients which never happens, many times it is 1 staff per 15 patients which is illegal. Very unqualified managament that run the hospital. I have heard of many people being fired for simply doing their job, and protecting themselves when kids are attacking them. Fox Run is a very crazy environment, nothing theraputic goes on there, when therapy is in session the therapist get paid by how many kids attent each session so as long as kids r sitting in a room they dont do much. When the units do get chaotic management hardly ever interveens and leaves it to the mental health techinicians and nurses to break up fights, protect themselves, restrain kids, and they will sit and review film to see which staff member did not do a proper job so that they can discipline them instead of helping the situation out. Fox run was by far my worst work experience, and I can personally account for at least a dozen others to say the same thing.
LPN (Former Employee) – Saint Clairsville, OH – June 12, 2013
Do not work for this company. They will treat you like trash and throw you under then bus for their mistakes. Many ethical and other violations that they try to cover up. You will work short handed and be assaulted. Not worth the pay. Don't take my word for it, there are many former employees that will tell you why they left. They can't keep staff there.
Some great co-workers
No breaks at times, very short staffed, placed in dangerous situations, they don't care about you.
Clinical (Current Employee) – St Clairsville – April 3, 2013
I have had lots of chances for advancement, people are mostly positive, and I have learned a lot. My coworkers support each other and our bosses care. When I go home each day, I know I made a difference in the lives of children. Days are actually fun now. I am glad I stayed through the changes, our new employees are great, we have an excellent school with excellent teachers, and our leaders get it. It has so been worth it...
Clinical (Former Employee) – Ohio – February 15, 2013
Most support came from peers which is great; however, management and leadership is lacking within this agency. Concerns about safety violations for patients and employees, lack of empathy for patients and zero training for direct care staff regarding mental health issues creating an intolerant environment for children.
safety violations, violence, ethical issues, lack of leadership and support
MHT (Former Employee) – Saint Clairsville, OH – September 28, 2012
typical work day, go in morning, take kids to breakfast, group therapies and school. my coworkers and myself worked great together, hardest part of my job was when the kids world have a bad day because their illness, or because they missed their parents. i loved talking to them and i like to think i made a difference in some of their lives
3 days a week. 12 hours at first then went to two doubles and a single shift