Ycw (Former Employee) – Waynesville, MO – July 14, 2018
Consistent break down in communications. Children would get punished for things that did not happen. Very few positive people there. I was never formally trained on how to do anything, and would get corrected for something my supervisor would do daily. No team cohesion, or superficial team cohesion. Some staff would speak/curse at the children so bad you’d think they needed a residential stay themselves. And the children just rot there. Management doesn’t recognize any improvements they make or even their attempts which literally drives those children insane. Staff fabricate incidents on the kids in the name of sport. I wouldn’t recommend this residential to anyone, certainly not to anyone seeking to place a child.
Unit Lead (Former Employee) – Waynesville, MO – October 18, 2018
Fast paced environment. Always something to do. Oftentimes stressful and dangerous. Level 4 lockdown facility with level 5 capacity. Mental health facility for dangerous and mentally unstable youth and young adults.
Youth Care Worker (Current Employee) – Waynesville, MO – September 18, 2018
It takes a very specific personality type to do this job. It is NOT for everyone, but it is very rewarding. The residents are Kids from difficult backgrounds and they need structure and consistent guidance and supervision.
Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) – Fayetteville, AR – August 9, 2018
They worked hard to help the youth and maintain state required standards for this type of facility. Some growth opportunities occurred with staff and management and that helped them better serve the youth in the facility.
Behavioral Technician (Former Employee) – Fayetteville, AR – March 27, 2018
Management is not on same page with behavioral techs. Not very clean. Management does not listen to staff like need be, which can make the job even more stressful. The behavioral techs are the ones that work with the clients on a daily bases and their input should hold more weight. It was very rewarding to be able to provide help for the clients though.
2, 15 min breaks and you have to eat your lunch with the kids.
LPN Charge Nurse (Former Employee) – waynesville, MO – March 11, 2018
This was a loced down level four unit for troubled youths as well as physically and mentally abused children. This job was extremely difficult due to the ages of the patients and the offenses they had made.
Clinical Director (Former Employee) – Waynesville, MO – January 21, 2018
Company was for profit, and focused on profit. which led to lack of focus in areas of need and strength. develop of programming was decent but follow through, training and total qualify staff was lacking
RN Charge Nurse (Former Employee) – Fayetteville, AR – October 21, 2017
This has become a very dangerous place to work due to the number of kids inpatient. Therapist were great to help out. I was in charge of all 90 inpatients alone.The hardest part of the job was trying to manage all 90 kids.
Co-workers, some patients who really tried to be helped
Youth Care Worker (Former Employee) – Waynesville, MO – October 5, 2017
I absolutely love the idea and concept behind Piney Ridge Center. The fact that there is a place such as Piney Ridge Center with a dedicated group of personnel that are so willing to give back to the youth some in which has already had a lot taken away from them in life. As well as the youth that just needs to be guided down the correct path and to be shown that there are people of there that cares about them and wants tot see them be successful.
YCW (Current Employee) – Waynesville, MO – September 26, 2017
I have never worked at a place like Piney Ridge. They are making some good changes, but need to stay on that same path. I hear horror stories about the past, but seen nothing really that bad since I have been here. (6 months). There are difficult days and situations, but if you know how to treat the kids, what NOT to do, then you are fine.
Direct Care Staff (Current Employee) – Fayetteville, AR – August 20, 2017
While the residents can be difficult, I remember the type of situations the residents have had to experience and I do not take it personal. The management cares about the residents and staff, and have increased the pay substantially in the last year. If you are looking for experience in the human services area and would like to start obtaining expertise while working on a degree Piney Ridge Treatment Center is a great place to work in Fayetteville.
Behavioral Health Technician (Current Employee) – Fayetteville, AR – July 6, 2017
Typical day is very combative and not worth the pay. Seldom get a break. More like a juvenile jail than a treatment center. Management doesn't care if you stay or go...they have an attitude of you can be easily replaced.
LPN Medication Nurse (Former Employee) – Saint Robert, MO – June 1, 2017
Loved working with the kids but there were days it was difficult but I could leave the stress there when I went home. Management was excellent. They worked with me on upcoming appointments and things that came up all of a sudden without any issues.
ycw (Current Employee) – Waynesville, MO – May 30, 2017
I love my job here, however, they are constantly understaffed and require overtime when there aren't enough employees to cover the shift (this happens quite often). There are many trying circumstances of this job like being exposed to horrific conditions (bodily fluids like spit, urine and feces or worse), obscene language, and even physical altercations resulting in containments for safety. Once the children warm up to you, it's wonderful. You get to impact the lives of children/young adults who need love and support. Other than the occasional containment (maybe once a week or multiple a day it just depends), I enjoy my employment here. I will say this job isn't for everyone, and if you are easily intimidated or very sensitive this is definitely NOT the place for you.
free breakfast/lunch/dinner depending on the shift you work, lots of overtime
Too much overtime, being mandated, exposure to stressful situations, not enough pay