The hell with that! The Horse springs into action.

@TheHorse (62341)
Pleasant Hill, California
May 10, 2017 1:48pm CST
I just got an email from one of my colleagues at STAND, the organization that sponsors the mentorship program I work for. That's the one that has me taking boys from ages 7 through 14 out into the community, hiking, visiting animal farms, playing sports, etc. My colleague said that the "Case Manager" (who does not work for our organization) wants to "close out" all services for a 12-year-old boy I just started working with a month ago. They (the parents) haven't gotten back to him when he calls, he said. I just spoke with the kid's father yesterday. He got back to me immediately after I called. I wanted to find out (from the father) what he saw as the most important "treatment goals" for the child. The kid and I get along great and have already twice climbed the rock wall I'll use as my lead photograph for this post. I called the Case Manager just now and said, "Don't close the case! This kid and I are going great!" Next, I called the father and left him a message about what was happening. Hopefully, this will be resolved today. I don't want to lose a kid client who seems to be benefiting from my services.
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15 responses
@MALUSE (38090)
• Germany
10 May 17
I wonder what kind of problems can be solved by climbing rocks. Please enlighten me. Do you do it to strengthen self-confidence?
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 17
Doing something with a kid strengthens self-esteem, gives the kid and me shared experiences, and gives us a chance to talk in a non-confining environment.
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@MALUSE (38090)
• Germany
10 May 17
@TheHorse I can understand that.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 17
@MALUSE If it works, I'm happy with it.
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@JolietJake (50030)
• United States
10 May 17
I winder why he was returning your contacts but not the case manager...
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 17
I don't know. The Case Manager has a heavy accent and is hard to understand. I've never worked with him before, so I don't know if he's "good" or not.
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• Philippines
11 May 17
Those children..I envy, I'd scared crap if I even attempted an even artificial rock climbing. I agree that you shouldn't stop this activity with the child. THEY are lucky.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 May 17
They're getting good services. I don't know why the family is not being more proactive about getting in touch with the case manager.
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@amadeo (61876)
• United States
10 May 17
I do not have an answer for this.but I know you will work it out
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 17
I've contacted everyone I can. Now all I can do is wait.
@nanette64 (17181)
• Fairfield, Texas
11 May 17
Well that's weird that the Dad would get back to you immediately but not to the Case Manager @TheHorse . I hope the Case Manager doesn't screw this up.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 May 17
Yeah, it's a slightly strange case. looks like we ARE going to close it out. I'm bummed, but there will be other kids, perhaps more in need than this young man. He has a mom and a dad (adoptive), but he's spent some time in flux. I hope he's OK.
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@nanette64 (17181)
• Fairfield, Texas
25 May 17
@TheHorse What a shame. I hope the kid will be okay too.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 May 17
@nanette64 Thanks, Nanette. I think he has some pent up anger about being shuffled around from home to home. But at least he has two outwardly supportive parents now. I probably won't see him again.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 May 17
How could the case mgr get that impression? Very strange.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 May 17
I've worked with some EXCELLENT case manages. But this guy is a little strange. I think we HAVE lost this case. We have a long waiting list, though, so we'll be fine. I hope the kid does well.
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• Eugene, Oregon
25 May 17
@TheHorse So do I!
@andriaperry (46582)
• United States
11 May 17
You are doing wonderful things for these children, you`re a good man.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 May 17
Not sure how good a man I am. I enjoy this work. I get to hike and play catch and pet animals with kids who need some support. But I do believe it is helping them. Thanks!
@fishtiger58 (30370)
• Momence, Illinois
11 May 17
I hope all goes well and you can continue on with the child.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 May 17
Thanks! We'll see what happens.
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@LadyDuck (147879)
• Switzerland
11 May 17
Good luck, I hope this is being to be resolved, this kid needs your help now.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 May 17
It looks like we actually are dropping this case. Had a great day with my Wednesday kid yesterday.
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@jstory07 (65387)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 May 17
No if he is getting something out of your service he should not be dropped. I hope that will not happen.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 May 17
I hope the dad gets back to the case manager. He didn't return my call yesterday. Usually he's good about that (with me).
@JudyEv (119058)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May 17
It's the 'innocent' child who is losing out if the service is closed. It's not his fault. Sometimes these things seem very unfair. That looks a nice climb.
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 May 17
It really is a nice climb. I hope I don't lose this kid before I have a chance to get to know him.
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• United States
10 May 17
The kid can't help it if his parents are not responsive. That's why he needs other adult mentors!
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 May 17
They were responsive with me. Though not today. Not sure what's up.
@much2say (38752)
• United States
10 May 17
I wonder if the Case Manager even has their correct phone number ? Maybe he had been leaving messages at the wrong number or even had an old number. That wouldn't be fair to close the case based on that . . . he didn't go through all the avenues to try to reach the parents! I hope it gets resolved too as the kid is doing great with you . . . it would be more than unfortunate if the case was closed due to miscommunication!
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@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 17
I think he had the right number(s). He didn't seem surprised when I gave him the numbers I have for the parents. We'll see what happens.
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@Corbin5 (100230)
• United States
10 May 17
Oh, I do hope this case is not closed. A shame to part with a child who is benefiting from your services. Hopefully the parents will call the case manager and this will be resolved.
@TheHorse (62341)
• Pleasant Hill, California
10 May 17
I'm hoping to receive a call, either from the dad or the case manager. Right now, I'm working on other progress notes.
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@DaddyEvil (23552)
• Aurora, Missouri
3 Jul
So, what happened with this kid and the Case Manager, pony? (If you can't talk about it, I will understand.)