Wednesday, June 07, 2017
As some of you know I work at the local mental health center. A big portion of our funding comes from billing Medicaid.
Medicaid is unveiling a huge redesign for behavioral health in July. I will have to deal with some of the changes, mainly I have to give up my job and be reassigned.
I will no longer be allowed to run groups and I am going to go back to working at the crisis hotline.
This is not the most ideal move for me but I am trying to be grateful that I have a job. The agency has decided to move me because I bill at a lower rate than my boss. I will go back to the crisis hotline and the agency will look for my replacement. I am crushed by this because I love my job. The sad part of this equation is that when I am working with my boss we can bill under her and get the higher rate. This change affects my billing for 4 days a month and is $10 per person. All in all this will only cost the agency around $5,000 a year. I know in a business sense it makes sense to move me but it still bothers me. I also found out that I was being reassigned in front of my whole department. No one told me ahead of time to prepare me. Trust me, you do not want to find out you are being reassigned in front of a whole group of people.
Now I am trying to decide where to go in my life. I can 1. stay and deal with it, 2. look for another job or 3. go back to school. I do not want to go back to school for social work because I will go into more debt with the possibility of only making $5,000 more. I was thinking of getting a business degree so I can come back and run a mental health agency. My friend's husband told me not to bother as I do not have any business experience and no one will hire me. That bust my little bubble. I have an interview on Monday to work in an agency that helps women who are chemically dependent. I am excited about it. Prayers and suggestions/ advice are always welcome.