If we can't provide the services to the families that need them to maintain these children in their own home, and they have to come into CSB custody, then somebody will be footing the astronomical bill of out of home placements whether they be in foster homes, group homes, or residential placement facilities. I'm guessing it won't be those who aren't homeowners/taxpayers. Besides that, just having decency of knowing there are people out there working in the community trying to intervene with these families and break these cycles that plague the county I think would be comforting to taxpayers to know they contributed in some way.
November 30, 2010 at 10:22 p.m.
The timing may have been terrible, but hopefully voters will understand that these raises were budgeted for and approved nearly three years ago. And your taxpayer money will continue to sit in the bank, so no one is benefiting. CSB cannot give $$ to other county agencies that are struggling. CSB could give everyone a double raise or fire half of it's employees, and it will not do one single thing to get more police on the streets on anything else. Their budget is entirely separate, therefore, it's really a dis-service to the employees who deserve a raise, and the taxpayers who support CSB, as this money will continue to sit in a bank with no one benefiting from it. I don't have the answers here people times are hard across the board. But what i can atest to is that me and my fellow co-workers work very hard, aren't paid nearly the hours we actually work, and do our best to help children and families in Mahoning County. And it is quite frustrating that there are other county agencies getting a raise without all this fuss and publicity, and look at your tax statement. I guarantee CSB collects less $ from the taxpayers than almost everyone else, but we are taking the fall out for everyone's frustrations with the economy including others who mismanage county dollars. Unfortunate:(
November 28, 2010 at 5:58 p.m.
You can go online and see the details of the inspections of all licensed child care centers. If you go to jfs.ohio.gov and go to the search box and put in "child care" and from there I think you choose search for child care, and it will pull up a way to search by county, etc and it lists all their infractions.
November 21, 2010 at 12:12 a.m.
PLEASE CALL YOUR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN SUPPORT OF THE CSB WORKERS. DO NOT LET THE ANTI-GOVERNMENT, NON-TRUTH TELLERS WHO HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA GET THE BEST OF YOU!
November 19, 2010 at 11:48 p.m.
November 19, 2010 at 11:37 p.m.
I am a social worker. The following is an expression of my views alone and not of the Agency as a whole. I have a very difficult job to do and I embrace it because there are very few who can do what we do. There have been people come into the job, stay a few months, and run out the door quicker than you can imagine, but many of us stay. We stay and put up with unmanageable working conditions in a system that is impossible to please everyone. I have been from every project in Youngstown, to the country of Sebring, to good ol Boardman, Austintown, Poland, and Canfield (yes they have child welfare issues too). I spend every working day non stop, on the phone, running from here to there, NON-STOP. I have been chased by dogs, had a knife pulled on me by a schizophrenic in a manic state, and have witnessed more than I wish I could forget. Oh yeah, and every waking contact or phone call I have has to be entered into a computer (who has time for that?) Why do I do this? Because if I don't, who will? I know most people don't understand all the ins and outs of our job. But there are positives. There are the families who overcome their issues and do better by their children. There are those who truly benefit from our involvement. And without qualified workers you will see how much these children and families suffer. My days rarely end at 4:30 as scheduled, heck half the kids don't get home from school until then. I'm not even asking to be paid for all the hours I already DON'T get paid for. What was I doing last Thanksgiving evening? Leaving my own children behind to go place an infant who was left home alone (again no overtime for that). No taxpayer was fooled here. Your money goes directly to what you thought it went for. CSB has made massive cuts, the RIGHT cuts in order to have more staff and provide a cost of living raise to keep qualified staff. There was no new tax, your tax bill has not changed one red cent from last year to now. Without valuing public employees, you think things are bad now? We'll see..
November 19, 2010 at 5:53 p.m.
THERE SHOULD BE A SIGN WHEN YOU COME INTO THE CITY. "WELCOME TO YOUNGSTOWN HOME OF NEGATIVITY." INSTEAD OF BEING UPSET AT THE ECONOMY PEOPLE SHOULD REMIND THEMSELVES THAT THESE WORKERS HAVE SACRAFICED RAISES THEY WERE PROMISED YEARS AGO. THEY HAVE BEEN PUT OFF AND PUT OFF BECAUSE OF THE PUBLIC'S REACTION. THEY TOOK A HIND SEAT TO EVERYTHING ELSE. THE SALES TAX, THIS AND THAT. AND NOW, IT'S TIME TO GET WHAT MONEY WAS ACCOUNTED FOR YEARS AGO. IF ANYTHING INSTEAD OF BEING SO NEGATIVE PEOPLE SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT AT LEAST ONE GOVENMENT AGENCY ISN'T SCREWING TAX PAYER MONEY OVER. PERHAPS SOME OF THE OTHER COUNTY OFFICES SHOULD TAKE SOME DIRECTION ON HOW TO RUN A BUDGET. IT COSTS JUST AS MUCH TO HOUSE A JUVENILE AS AN INMATE. OH YEAH, AND 1/2 THE LEVY COMES FROM REAL ESTATE TAXES, THE OTHER FROM THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOV'T. SO TRUTH BE TOLD, IF YOU'RE NOT A HOMEOWNER YOU REALLY SHOULD REALLY ONLY BE ALLOWED TO HAVE 1/2 A VOTE OR OPINION ON THIS MATTER BECAUSE IT DOESN'T AFFECT YOUR WALLET MUCH. ON THE OTHER HAND, THESE TAX PAYING EMPLOYEES ARE CONTRIBUTING TO FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS.
November 17, 2010 at 11:02 p.m.
The first step is definitely stop blaming the loss of the steel industry. It's gone...Get over it!! Next, there has to be more early intervention with the population who has grown up "on the system." It's not rocket science. I saw my parents work, therefore I go to work. I saw my parent(s) get a welfare check I get a welfare check. Unfortunately, there is a large population who not necessarily through any fault of their own doesn't know better. There has to be more engaging you parents and their children to break the cycle. We have to get people to understand you must lead by example in all aspects...
November 13, 2010 at 12:38 a.m.
Dumb criminal of the week...Everytime I feel like I've been amazed by stupidity, someone takes it up a notch...
November 13, 2010 at 12:06 a.m.
I chose to make this living my career. Yes, I could have picked a degree that yielded more money, however I wanted to do something to help people. And that is exactly what I do every day whether you chose to believe that or not. It's easy to have a negative outlook when it comes to CSB because you never hear of the good things we do in the community, you only hear the bad. This is an imperfect system we are dealing with, but I do my best every day to balance respecting families and their rights while protecting children. For those who feel this is a desk job HA! Right! I am out there knocking on people's doors every day without a clue as to what is on the other side. Sometimes it's okay, other times it could be someone violent, someone unstable, someone addicted to drugs, someone with mental health issues, you just never know what you're getting. And it is a fact that in Ohio in recent years there have been caseworkes raped and even killed during home visits. You are exposed to unsafe conditions every day, and I'm not complaining because this is what I signed up for, just trying to make a few points. We work in collaboration with law enforcement, housing officials, teachers, and many other community professionals with the same goals in regards to helping these families and trying to protect the children. Hey, at least the cops get to carry guns and protect themselves. We aren't even allowed to carry mase, all we have is our social skills which doesn't really get you too far when you're knocking on someone's door and a pit bull comes to greet you. And if there is an emergency on one of my cases at 3 in the morning, guess who's waking up and going out to who knows what type of environment to address it? I really wish some of the people on here would do the research and find that that we are one of the lowest paid in Ohio in this field, which traditionally has a very high turnover rate because the average person just isn't cut out for what we do, but at Mahoning County the turnover rate is fairly low thanks to the way it is run. I'm sorry the economy is bad and people are losing their jobs. You should be proud our administration is very responsible with taxpayer dollars. And it's not like the levy was passed just for us to get a raise. Whether you like CSB or not, Ohio Law states there has to be a Children Services Board and the levy is mostly towards operating costs which are necessary. You have no clue how much per day some residential placements and hospitalizations cost for some of these children who need them. Not to mention the overflow of juvenile delinquents that get placed in our custody because JJC can't keep them. I don't expect everyone to understand what we really do, however please understand all we are asking here is for cost of living. And as a college educated professional whose job goes hand in hand with teachers, counselors, police officers, etc. and hasn't had a raise in three years, I really don't think that's so much to ask.
November 6, 2010 at 7:48 a.m.