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After many hours of wrangling our lawyer got a copy of the DHS's "Individual Service Plan" for myself and my husband.  It's a hoot.  Counselors we've shown this to have hit the roof.  It only has one signature attached to it, and that isn't anyone I've seen or talked to.  Each section has a different date, and a different due date.  Everything is out of compliance with the official state practices.  Some of it is against state law, other parts of itare against official insurance practices.  Some of it isn't even worded in complete sentences.

Part 1 says:

"...will correct her home deficiencies to corrrect but arenot(sp) limited to replaceing the dead bolt lock"

This is:

1) ungrammatical,

2) incorrectly spelled, and

3) the deadbolt lock they want me to remove is next to a front door window that's already been broken into before.  The insurance people would hit the roof over that!

Part 2 wants the children's medical/dental records BUT doesn't offer to pay for them.  I learned today that's not kosher.

Part 3 says:

"...will provide proof/confirmation that the children's educational needs are being met."

That's ILLEGAL in Mississippi.

Part 4:

"the dead bolt will be replaced with a safer type of lock..."

DHS, meet insurance people.  Insurance people, meet DHS.

There's no "client" signature.  There's no "social worker" signature.  There is an "ASWS" signature -- but no date.  I was told that the ASWS is the social worker supervisor.  BUT the person who signed in the "ASWS signature" slot is not a social worker supervisor.  She's not even a social worker.  Melody Hamilton, who has the only signature on the entire document that they faxed our lawyer, is a student intern working in their office.

How many ways can you say FAIL!  


From dh:
We need an easy to use video recorder.
It needs to get OK pictures in indoor light but have really good audio pickup for recording any of these "encounters" or "interviews."
Any recommendations?

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celestineangel
Oct. 19th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
Wow... I wonder how they coerced the student intern to sign as a "supervisor" and if she realizes the potential legal repercussions of doing such a thing.
qara_isuke
Oct. 19th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
No kidding. Does she realize she's pretty much kissed her career goodbye?
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qara_isuke
Oct. 19th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
What epic failure all around. I really hope you can sue the ever-living crap out of these people and soon.
raynedanser
Oct. 19th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Wow. eventually, this is going to come back and bite someone in the ass. I feel bad for the intern, who was used presumably because she doesn't know any better.
ineffable_raven
Oct. 19th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Glad to hear from you and glad there's some positive movement.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 19th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
next moves
if the fbi and media can't help....if dshs is jerking you around....if some of the police are corrupt....if your family is in danger.... which it is if there is a meth lab next door.... then you have no real choice, truly, except to get our of Dodge. Escape. Move. Get your children away from these people who are trying to get them away from you. I have witnessed too much of this is my career. The only way out is to escape. Start a new life. Home is not a building, or land.... it is where you are safe. All it takes is one meth party at their place and down goes your entire life. Leave town, the state. Start over. Just one more opinion for what it's worth.
bandgeek01
Oct. 19th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear an update. I hope things are starting to move in a good direction for you.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 19th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
What sort of Counselors did you show the report to?
kryss_labryn
Oct. 19th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
I know it'll take years, most likely; but I really am looking forward to the court case when you sue these bastards into oblivion, and they (and you, in the form of a hefty settlement!) get what's coming.

Don't compromise your case; but thanks for sharing what details you can! We're rooting for you! :D
illiana_galean
Oct. 19th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
I added you so I could follow your nightmare and possibly offer up some advise. Something finally hit me.

Scan all documents and save them to an offsite dedicated server. If you need assistance in that, I can offer up my own web hosting for that purpose.

Take pictures of everything imaginable.

The door, the door knobs, the house, yard, everything under the sun until the mere thought of operating a camera nauseates you. Do this in both digital format, and hard copies you have to have developed.

Load pictures to offsite hosting, make doubles of hard copy photos. Keep one set on you, and store the others at a safe place. Maybe safety box in another city entirely. Same with hard copies of documents.

Good luck and I hope this all works out. I agree with the whole alert the media thing, and keep jumping heads if you have to. Perhaps a letter to your govenor or senator is in order since the DA wants to be a bunch of professional asshat wearing douchecanoes.
britgeekgrrl
Oct. 19th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is beautiful. Go get 'em!!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 19th, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Do you really think it's a good idea to post all this unlocked? I keep imagining a DHS worker printing out all of this to use in a CHIPS hearing against you.
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margotlefaye
Oct. 21st, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I found your blog through a post on my f-list, and have no advice on video recorders. Just wanted to offer some moral support.

I'm thrilled that you found a lawyer, as the earlier post I'd read indicated the lawyers you'd initially contacted didn't want to touch the case.

The best advice I can offer (which your lawyers have already probably offered, as well) is, document, document, document. In my work as a union leader, I've seen arbitrators decide cases in our favor because our people have been able to pull out their journals, etc, and document the day on which a given conversation happened with a record made very shortly after said conversation, and therefore given more weight than someone's memory of an event months or years in the past. I don't remember if you were able to take a picture of your baby's feet on the day of the first incident, but that's the kind of thing I'm talking about. Things that are time-stamped in some way are even better.

I hope your nightmare ends quickly, and that those responsible for harassing you suffer the consequences of recklessly endangering your family. Until then, I will keep you in thoughts and prayers.
meghannibrooks
Oct. 24th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
This all sounds so very very familiar. Escapedoes sound like a good idea. Get out before anything bad happens to you and especially your kids. They won't mind the moving as much as they would something bad happening to them or you, trust me on this. But I also don't advicate them getting away with this and doing the same to someone else.

The diference between your circumstance and mine however is that nothing overtly horrible has happened to you (and there'a a good chance this will get worse, a real good one) yet, even though what's already happened is pretty damn bad.

Our case is just getting underway after years of neglect and distain towards my mother (and forget the fact that she's smarter than all of them together, they thought just because she had no teeth - most of the were punched out of her mouth for fucks sake) and we're looking forward to going on holiday for the first time ever with the settlement that's heading our way. I mean, there's no way in hell that it's ever going to erase everything that's happened to us - even without the help of a corrupt system - but it's a sign that someones listened to us and realsied just how wrong it all was.

In an odd way it's comforting to know it's not just in Australia where this shit happens and yet very distressing that this is happening to you and your family.

I've leaned that DHS knows jackshit about anything. Did you know that I haven't seen three of my little brothers in almost three years? We're only just now getting closer to seeing them.

My mum got and still is being fucked around by ours. I think if an issue such as ours is getting better, there's hope for you.

Oh and fuck off unhelpful anons. What, you just come in here thinking you know everything? How long have you know about this woman? Have you spent years getting to know her? Have you ever done business with her? I'm betting not. At least this way there are others who have a knowledge that this is happening. Go troll somewhere else, you have no power here. And it's not paranoia, this shit happens, I should know. Anyway, are you (I'm guessing you're the same person) so nieve to believe that leaving children with the government is safe? it's not. There is a world full of sick people out there how can't wait to get their sick hand all over children for god knows what reason. The goverment either doesn't really care or there are people who care that aren't in a possition to help or is too snowed under and under staffed with under qualified people who don't know what the hell they're doing.
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