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Stephanie’s file

September 17, 2016

Good afternoon Lisa,                                                                  October 31st 2011

I’m writing to you separate for the simple fact is that I’m a little more comfortable with speaking with you. I came into the office earlier to pick up a letter for my son’s daycare that I have asked for more than once for the past 3 weeks. Due to the fact that they are now charging me late fees of $25 each week because they expect to be paid every week. I was uncomfortable with the fact that I was written up by Mike Moran and Jose Cruz because I wrote and email stating how I felt about my previous attempts to get the letter just stating I get paid Bi-weekly and was told that if I speak with Craig about anything of this nature I would basically lose my job.  When I was hired I was told that I have to speak with Craig to let him know what I’m looking for or need. And that’s what I have been doing. I’m only doing what I was told. I was also told if I send any emails out that I had to CC Craig on them, again just doing what I was told. I’m not looking for any problems I’m just very hurt by the way everything went down.

I have a request. Due to the fact that I have asked more than once in the past 3 weeks about the letter, I finally got on Tuesday October 18th. This does not change the fact that I was charged twice which was a total of $50 that I was charged from my son’s daycare. This would have been avoided if I had received or the daycare received the letter I asked for weeks ago. I’m requesting a reimbursement of the $50, being this was not my fault they did not have the proper information they needed due to Mike and Jose. I came into the office with proof of being charged the $50 with all the dates and Mike told me that he did not need to see the proof.

I also felt that they were trying to make me say or get information to see if Craig had done anything inappropriate to me. First of all that has nothing to do with what I went in there for, that was irrelevant. I feel it was just a way to hear them talk, because the conversation was uncalled for! I went in to get a letter for my son’s daycare and I came out upset and in tears. I do want you to know that he has NOT been inappropriate to me nor towards me in any way shape or form and I enjoy working with him! Again, I’m not looking for any more problems I just don’t appreciate being told I’m over stepping my boundaries when I was following the directions that were given to me when I started. I did nothing wrong but state the obvious and they couldn’t handle that.

PS: I am resigning from your company effective immediately as of 6pm the end of my work day on 10/31/11. I don’t need to work for a company who has 2 men pull female staff into an office and threatens them with their job every time directions are followed. Nor do I need to deal with anyone trying to state that the person I work with acted inappropriately towards me when he did NOT!!! I don’t appreciate the disrespect from your company not only on my part but his as well.

Sincerely,

Stephanie

My Response regarding Stephanie, ILS Mike Moran and Jose Cruz,

 Date 10/21/2011

Your right Stephanie you did nothing to over step your boundaries you were following the directions that were given to you when you were hired, and I know this because I’m the one that hired you along with Independent living solutions LLC (ILS) staff. And ILS Manager Lisa Martin was the one that stated it to DSS, James Dwyer in a team meeting. “We let him hire his own staff”

I was also there when ILS Manager Lisa Martin and Jose Cruz was told to cc me on all emails etc. Including cc my Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Medicaid Waiver doctor in a State DSS team meeting, it all has been documented with Jessica Rival from the State of CT Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities I have talked to her about it.

I was also there when ILS Staff told you to cc me and my doctor on all Info, etc.

As for ILS Mike Moran and Jose Cruz trying to make you say something/putting words in your mouth that wasn’t true about me, they’re trying to cover up screwing you over at the same time trying to destroy me and my program!

(I told everyone that someday someone is going to try screwing me over because of Jamie Arber now of Mindscape Industries, Patty Happy, of Employment Options LLC with the inaccurate information they put in my record trying to cover up their own imperfections, and now Independent living solutions LLC is doing the same thing!)

That’s why I, Craig Sears and Jessica Rival from P & A, in three separate State DSS team meetings asked for it to be removed out of my file because it was BS no big surprises here. DSS and my ABI waiver team did not do what they said they were going to do! You know what the funny part is ILS Manager Lisa Martin & Jose Cruz was part of the team; that says a lot about Independent living solutions LLC

I informed/ talked with Jessica Rival @ the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, my Medicaid Waiver Doctor, who told me he called James Dwyer @ DSS about this fact on 10/18/11 etc, and asked to have it documented about what they did to you and tried doing to me.

Stephanie I’m sorry ILS did this to you,  and what you stated in your letter “I don’t need to work for a company who has 2 men pull female staff into an office and threatens them with their job every time directions are followed” You may want to contact your own attorney, or Legal Aid on all of this!

The end of the day on 10/31/11 at 12am I will no longer need Independent living solutions LLC services, because of ILS & Mike Moran & Jose Cruz’s arrogant and irresponsible way of handling my case – Staff. They go kick rocks I fired them! On 11/1/11 I have a new ABI Medicaid Waiver program provider!

Sincerely, Craig Sears

Related posts

Having to relive it all over again

Click here: http://craigsears.blogspot.com/2016/09/having-to-relive-it-all-over-again.html

Employment Options – slander, false accusations, made by a Personal Care Aides/Medicaid Waiver Program provider

Click here: https://employment-options.pissedconsumer.com/slander-false-accusations-made-by-a-personal-care-aides-medicaid-waiver-program-provider-20110416232636.html

The one and only way that a change is possible if enough people have become fed up. But if people don’t come forward it will continue. The only way we can grow by letting people know we exist and we are fighting for everyone.

Craig Sears – A Voice for Traumatic Brain Injury

www.craigsears.blogspot.com

 

 

Having to relive it all over again

September 14, 2016

People tell me they do not recommend that I do anything about these situations because I was informed that it looks creepy, But this B.S. does not change the fact that my ABI waiver program was made for advocacy and I do it because I think of other brain injury survivors as part of my extended brain injury family and I will never regret that.  If I can save one other person from being taken advantage of the way I was then it is so worth it! And if someone holds that against me they can go kick rocks because I will continue to talk about my experiences as a brain injury survivor in hopes to help someone else. The one and only way that a change is possible if enough people have become fed up. But if people don’t come forward it will continue. The only way we can grow by letting people know we exist and we are fighting for everyone.

In this file are my ABI Dr’s notes along with Staff notes of just some of the things I’ve been through because of EO trying to justify getting out of providing me the services that I was entitled to. This happened to me several years ago and because of the false accusations made by Staff superiors at Employment Options LLC Jamie Arber now of Mindscape Industries, Patty Happy, Case manager Richard Kiley It’s still coming back to haunt (me/US) to this day take for example Stephanie’s file October 31st 2011 below my notes, let’s not forget DSS and all that B.S that they put me through, I had those put on file with Jessica @ P&A that brings us to the new agency workers. Once again being a voice as you know I am dead set against the new case managers working on the ABI waiver and I still am.  On 9/7/16 I had my first team meeting with my new case worker, and it went better than I expected. I felt as if thing finally were starting to make a little more sense and this new case worker was here to work on my side for once and not against me. Then a day or two went by and my doctor informed me that the new ABI Specialized Care Manager was someone who I worked with before, (with another company) and that she needed to be removed from my team because there could be issues in the future because of false accusations that happened years back. Because of my Brain Injury I was not aware that it was the same person until my doctor addressed it to me. But she was a great help then and now she seemed even more into my program and trying to find ways to help me and better my program to make it work for me…

I am a survivor of traumatic brain injury TBI due to my injury I have memory problems, speech problems, balance issues and many other things. I am disabled because of this and receive services from the Acquired Brain Injury ABI Medicaid Waiver this waiver allows the state to permit organizations to provide non-medical services to people with ABI/TBI enabling them to live in the community outside of nursing homes and institutions. I’m posting online my experiences as a survivor of a Traumatic Brain Injury TBI. It is to show the way the United States is not dealing with brain injury and the human cost associated with this neglect and how easy it is for program providers to discriminate against, and taking advantage of someone with a brain injury the way the State of Connecticut; Dept of Social Services, DSS, Employment Options LLC, did to me.

Employment Options LLC 91 Willenbrock Road, # 3a Oxford, CT is? I know what they say they are but I’m still not entirely sure what it is they actually do for brain injury survivors since I experienced no help whatsoever except for a lot of BS! EO has contracts and/or services Bureau of Rehabilitation services, the acquired brain wavier, DDS, and a variety of school system. Staff superiors at Employment Options LLC Jamie Arber, Patty Happy, Case manager Richard Kiley told me, Craig Sears; that EO had someone to work with me that was ILST approved turns out they were not! And when that person moved on, EO told me that they had someone else that was ILST approved, turns out they were not! Then when asked by my doctor about it, again EO stated that they had someone else that was ILST approved turns out they were also not! Do you see the pattern here?

After making formal complaints to my surprise EO finally sent me a person I can trust. At first everything was working for me the way I needed my program to work. I finally had a care giver by the name of Shannon that was a very motivating – dependable – carrying person who took the time to help me with whatever I need help with. In my life being a brain injury survivor, that’s a very rare person to find. When asked how my program was working for me this is what I told them.

During this time I just started advocating for a national children’s PABI plan.

That’s when the games began all over again! EO removed her from working with me and Sent Pre-Vocational Services staff who were instructed by EO management to refrain from providing me any services outlined in my State waiver plan! This made it appear as if they were providing me services when in fact they were not providing me any services to assist me in my work as an advocate!

I informed my Medicaid Waiver Doctor about the fact I was not receiving services outlined in my State waiver plan that Employment Options LLC reported providing me. When the doctor and the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities confronted EO about these facts, (Talk about ignorant, self-absorbed, Jamie Arber and Patty Happy) they then made unreasonable confrontational and defamation of character accusations regarding me working with female staff, and implied I had acted inappropriately. Reporting this to my Medicaid Waiver doctor and P&A as the reason why I was not receiving services.

I found this out at my Dept. of Social Services team meeting. I immediately asked my doctor to look into this B.S.

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Hi Craig

You are correct. Shannon denies every accusation made by Employment Options LLC. Wow!

Tariq Abdulaziz PhD MS MS MBA

RE: Shannon and Employment Options LLC

Attention: Craig Sears

I am writing to memorialize my conversation with Shannon on today. The purpose of my conversation with Shannon was to ascertain, as you requested, Shannon’s position on her removal from your case by her superiors at Employment Options LLC 91Willenbrock Road Oxford CT 06478

I informed Shannon that both Jamie Arber and Patty Happy had conversations with me regarding her Shannon safety. Jamie Arber and Patty Happy indicated that she Shannon was uncomfortable working with you Craig. Jamie and Patty further related to me that Shannon had requested a change in placement, as she felt uncomfortable working with you. Jamie further stated that he would not place Shannon in a situation where she was uncomfortable and or vulnerable. Finally, he stated that Shannon had been hired for a different position and she was only a temporary solution until permanent staff could be hired.

Shannon vehemently denies that there was ever any behavioral and or sexually inappropriate behavior on your part in any way during her tenure with you. She did not hesitate or waiver when she stated that she never felt at-risk while working with you, she never requested a change in placement, there were no accusations leveled by her against you to her superiors, there were no incidents of inappropriate behavior on your part nor any attempt of an act of inappropriate behavior whether verbal or physical. Shannon stated that she enjoyed working with you and she values what you are attempting to achieve.

It is my hope that this addresses your concerns regarding Shannon’s perspective on this matter. If I can be of further assistance regarding this matter please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Respectfully,

Tariq Abdulaziz PhD MS MS MBA

If any of this has happened or is happening to you or someone you know please speak up, the one and only way that a change is possible if enough people have become fed up. But if people don’t come forward it will continue. The only way we can grow by letting people know we exist and we are fighting for everyone.

Taken advantage of by ABI Waiver program providers click here: https://braininjurymyblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/what-comes-around-goes-around/

click here: https://employment-options.pissedconsumer.com/slander-false-accusations-made-by-a-personal-care-aides-medicaid-waiver-program-provider-20110416232636.html

If you’re disabled or a parent of a brain injury survivor or case manager/caregiver and Jamie Arber, M.A., C.B.I.S., C.C.H.Director of Operations EMDR Practitioner, Current Mindscape Industries, Previous Independent Living Solutions, Employment Options LLC, Eleish Van Breems Ltd or Patty happy of Employment Options LLC works or is working for you do what I did – Tell them to go kick rocks and fire them! These are not the kind of people you want working with brain injury survivors! Sec. 17b-260a-1I, Individuals who are eligible for ABI services shall be given free choice of all qualified providers of each service included in his or her plan of care.

This makes no sense it should have never happen. Shannon I’m sorry for what Employment Options LLC, Jamie Arber now of Mindscape Industries, Patty Happy did, and continues to do to brain injury survivors and Staff.

 

Craig Sears – A Voice for Traumatic Brain Injury

www.craigsears.blogspot.com

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“Opinion Counts”

January 22, 2016

Re: CT ABI advisory board

This is a sorry excuse for an advisory board and no one is looking at the bigger picture! The advisory board and Department of Social Services (herein referred to as DSS) had the nerve to say that our “opinion counts”, but then they cut me off 1/4 of the way into my speech! How is it that our “opinion counts” when we are continually cut off and shut out? They only want to hear what is convent for them but when the facts are right in front of them they shut us out but still have the balls to say our opinion matters. I understand to a point where maybe us brain injury survivors tend to go off topic as to what they are looking for but DSS as well as all policy makers have to understand that these point we address are meaningful to us and our lives.

In 2014 – 2016 the community made the State and all of the policy makers very much aware that the ABI waiver II was a mistake and will not work for brain injury survivors! Now DSS is making changes to ABI waiver one (a brain injury rehabilitative model) trying to make it just like ABI waiver II a mental health model. Speaking for myself and the rest of the brain injury community we don’t want that!

They tend to forget how hard it is to live in a community where we have to look every which way because we are not aware of what might happen and if we will wake up the next day to a program that helps us live our lives as normal as we can.

Every change DSS has made has hurt me so much that I had to get Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPA) involved in my ABI program, that’s why I’m speaking up; If these changes are hurting me think about the other 450 people on the waiver and what it’s doing to them. (see below)

My name is Craig Sears and I am a brain injury survivor receiving services from the ABI Waiver, It is easy to confuse me and upset me, so I am ask that everyone remember I do have a brain injury, you can’t see my injury, but it is there.

On January 11th, I sent a letter to Commissioner Bremby after a meeting with my ABI team and my advocate from OPA, they suggested I make a formal complaint to Commissioner Bremby and Governor Dan Malloy.

I did not write the letter to attack anyone, but at the same time, I have the right to ensure that no one from the Department of Social Services attacks me, for this reason, I asked that Kathy Bruni no longer be allowed to attack me or my staff. I have been repeatedly disrespected by her, in meetings, hearings, and recently, when she pulled my staff aside and told them she felt “sorry” for them because they work with me.

I did nothing to invite the attack from Mrs. Bruni except raise my concerns as an advocate for myself and other survivors. It is difficult to understand why Commissioner Bremby asked Ms. Bruni to represent brain injury survivors when she is repeatedly disrespectful to us. Can you imagine how painful her comments were to me?

Many people in our community are appalled by her lack of understanding and the quick anger when we question anything she says. She insults survivors, attempts to manipulate families, and tries to bully providers. She has done this repeatedly, and although family members, survivors and providers are afraid to say this out loud for fear of retribution by DSS and by Ms. Bruni, I am not.

I also told Commissioner Bremby that since Ms. Bruni attacked me publicly, she must apologize publicly.

In response, Commissioner Bremby wrote back to me and asked me to “move on” from the public attack that Mrs. Bruni initiated against me.

I do not appreciate that response from him as I and many others, saw how he responded when he did not like what was being said in a public Hearing in the Spring of 2014 about his statements. He was so angry that his staff had to stop him from going to the podium to confront the speaker. This is well documented from an independent video recording of the Hearing.  DSS has, to this day, targeted that speaker by conducting an illegal audit, it is my understanding that they continue to pursue that individual to this day.

So, I find it hypocritical of DSS and Commissioner Bremby, to tell me to “move on” in my handling of my situation with Mrs. Bruni, as it clear DSS does not do the same.

In addition, it has come to my attention that Commissioner Bremby and DSS are manipulating the slots on the ABI Waiver. They are picking “winners” and “losers” by setting aside approximately 26 MFP slots that were not used last year, and they will have another 24 MFP slots, that will not be used this year – that is about 50 slots, that no one in the brain injury community can qualify for! And MFP will have 54 more slots added to the Waiver each year for the next three years! And then there are the DMHAS applicants who also get “reservations” at the restaurant – oh, sorry, I meant the Waiver, leaving many who have no services to languish without any real chance of obtaining a position on the ABI Waiver.

Now, in clear retribution for a denial of their proposal to outsource the Waiver, DSS has announced that due to the denial, “staff shortages” are so severe they will not be able to activate or process plans for the only 13 open slots left on the Waiver even when the money is available to do so.

I hope you are all aware of the loss of cognitive behavioral services to survivors, caused by the change made to that service, but I also realize this is getting long, and I hope you will ask myself or CTBISN to explain what has occurred and why all survivors on the Waiver have had their services reduced.

Please remember and think about the fact that DSS is toying with people’s lives based on who saves the State of Connecticut the most money. It’s wrong and CT should be ashamed of the Commissioner and DSS!

I encourage this committee and all legislators to do what is right. Tell DSS they must provide the slots as written in the waiver application and provide survivors with a representative who treats us like human beings!

Thank you for your time,

Craig Sears
Brain Injury Survivor
Advocate Board Member
CT Brain Injury Support Network

 

What comes around goes around

August 16, 2014

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My name is Craig Sears I am doing two things today: Asking for your help and fighting back. When I complained about the “fact” services were not being provided, EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS, LLC accused me of being unreasonable, confrontational and defamed my character

The written word can so easily be misinterpreted but everything in this blog is Fact; I am a survivor of traumatic brain injury TBI due to my injury I have memory problems, speech problems, balance issues and many other things. I am disabled because of this and receive services from the state Acquired Brain Injury ABI Medicaid Waiver this waiver allows the state to permit organizations to provide non-medical services to people with TBI enabling them to live in the community outside of nursing homes and institutions.

I think of my fellow brain injury survivor friends as part of my extended brain injury survivor family. Whether I have met them or not! I am posting online my experiences as a survivor of a TBI to show how easy it is for program providers in the State of Connecticut to discriminate against, and take advantage of someone with a brain injury the way the State of Connecticut; Dept of Social Services, Employment Options LLC did to me. In hope, that it can help another brain injury survivor from being taken advantage of.

I would like to say that I’m very disappointed in the way EO handled my case. YES I am irritated! In the 90s I became a spokesman for the Brain Injury Association of Connecticut, advocating for Connecticut’s Acquired Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver implemented in 1999. Employment Options LLC 91 Willenbrock Road, # 3a Oxford, CT is what exactly? I know what they say they are but I’m still not entirely sure what it is they actually do for brain injury survivors since I experienced no help what so ever, except for a lot of BS!

Staff supervisors at Employment Options LLC Jamie Arber, Patty Happy and case manager Richard Kiley told me, Craig Sears; that EO had someone to work with me that was ILST approved turns out they were not! And when that person moved on, EO told me that they had someone else that was ILST approved, turns out they were not! When asked by my doctor about it, again EO stated that they had someone else that was ILST approved turns out they were also not!

On top of that, when Employment Options LLC sent Pre-Vocational Services staff they were instructed by EO management to refrain from providing me any services outlined in my State waiver plan! This made it appear as if they were providing me services when in fact they were not. This is a letter from Staff that was hired to work with me as a Personal Care Aide & how he was instructed by EO management to refrain from providing me any services outlined in my State waiver plan!

I know all too well as a brain injury survivor what life is like with no help. Been there done that! QLMS LLC another CT program provider worked along with Dr. Annemarie Murphy PhD of Bridgeport and reported a bunch of inaccurate information to DSS and opened the door for Victor Estay and his supervisor Kenneth R. Smith from the state of Connecticut Department of Social Services DSS to wrongly take away my services for no reason and without notice. I am supposed to be protected by the established legislation, which is found within the Medicaid Waiver. Sec. 17b-260a-1I, Individuals who are eligible for ABI services shall be given free choice of all qualified providers of each service included in his or her plan of care. When Mr. Sears exercised this right to choice, DSS refused to authorize service provision and payment to an alternate DSS/ Allied approved provider of his choice, resulting in a complete absence of services for Mr. Sears. Sec. 17b-260a-1J7 states that it is the responsibility of the Department to pay for approved ABI waiver services delivered by qualified providers through its fiduciary agent on behalf of the individual.

When I informed my Medicaid Waiver Doctor and the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P&A) about the fact I was not receiving services outlined in my State waiver plan that Employment Options LLC reported providing me. Reporting this to my Medicaid Waiver doctor and P&A as the reason why I was not receiving services. Talk about ignorant and self-absorbed staff superiors at Employment Options LLC. When the doctor and the office of P&A confronted EO, they then made unreasonable confrontational and defamation of character accusations regarding me working with female staff, and implied I had acted inappropriately. When I found this out at my Dept. of Social Services team meeting, I immediately asked my doctor to look into this. (See below)

This is an email and letter that I got from my ABI Waiver Doctor about the accusations made by EO.

Hi Craig

You are correct. Shannon denies every accusation made by EO. Wow!

Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA
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NeuroStrategies, Inc.
Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA
neurostrategies@earthlink.net

RE: Shannon and Employment Options LLC

Attention: Craig Sears

I am writing to memorialize my conversation with Shannon on today. The purpose of my conversation with Shannon was to ascertain, as you requested, Shannon’s position on her removal from your case by her superiors at Employment Options LLC 91Willenbrock Road Oxford CT 06478

I informed Shannon that both Jamie Arber and Patty Happy had conversations with me regarding her Shannon safety. Jamie Arber and Patty Happy indicated that she Shannon was uncomfortable working with you Craig. Jamie and Patty further related to me that Shannon had requested a change in placement, as she felt uncomfortable working with you. Jamie further stated that he would not place Shannon in a situation where she was uncomfortable and or vulnerable. Finally, he stated that Shannon had been hired for a different position and she was only a temporary solution until permanent staff could be hired.

Shannon vehemently denies that there was ever any behavioral and or sexually inappropriate behavior on your part in any way during her tenure with you. She did not hesitate or waiver when she stated that she never felt at-risk while working with you, she never requested a change in placement, there were no accusations leveled by her against you to her superiors, there were no incidents of inappropriate behavior on your part nor any attempt of an act of inappropriate behavior whether verbal or physical. Shannon stated that she enjoyed working with you and she values what you are attempting to achieve.

It is my hope that this addresses your concerns regarding Shannon’s perspective on this matter. If I can be of further assistance regarding this matter please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Respectfully,

Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA
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Think about what this could do to a man or women with a disability, who has a child. They can be held liable as a result of these false accusations, made by a Personal Care Aides/Medicaid Waiver Program provider if anything occurs. (I am threatened by this)

Traumatic brain injury TBI is a major health problem that disproportionately affects young people. It is the leading cause of death for children. People aren’t aware of brain injuries. TBI is often referred to as the silent epidemic because the complications such as; changes affecting thinking, language or emotions, may not be readily apparent. No one thinks brain injuries will affect them or their children. A lot of brain injured people look perfectly normal. Imagine having a disability that caused you to slur your speech, made it difficult for you to learn new things, and affected your balance. Now imagine that no one knew you had this. That is what it’s like for people living with a disability as the result of a brain injury. This is what I’m faced with everyday. Brain injury is also referred to as an invisible disability because there are often no outward physical signs. It’s not like falling and breaking a leg. You see it, and it heals. A brain injury can last a lifetime. There is no cure, only awareness and prevention. After that, there’s only support.

Can you believe EO has contracts and/or services Bureau of Rehabilitation services, the acquired brain wavier, DDS, and a variety of school system; in an effort to advocate for myself and all those individuals who are supposed to be protected by the established legislation? I have made Waiver Provider complaints with the State of Connecticut; Dept of Social Services, Allied Community Resources, CT Governors office, Congressman Jim Himes D-CT 4th District, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, etc, regarding DSS, Employment Options LLC unethical and illegal treatment of me. And got no help what so ever because they do not live up to their expectations/mission.

Let your voices be heard loud and clear! Is Employment Options LLC the kind of service provider you want caring for our children/friends/loved ones? Call Social Services tell them about this blog and ask them to investigate Employment Options LLC as an approved allied community resources ABI Medicaid Waiver Program Provider. I can only imagine how they are slandering other brain injury survivors to get out of providing services and getting paid by the state.

If you or someone you know has Employment Options LLC as there Waiver Program Provider give them this INFO and tell them that it is recommend for them to tell EO to kick rocks, and get someone new!

1) Anyone on the ABI waiver can call allied community resources and ask for a Waiver Provider list.

Sec. 17b-260a-1I, Individuals who are eligible for ABI services shall be given free choice of all qualified providers of each service included in his or her plan of care.

2) After they call allied they should go over the list to find a new provider. That is when you call your DSS worker and tell them the new provider’s name.

Sec. 17b-260a-1J7 states that it is the responsibility of the Department to pay for approved ABI waiver services delivered by qualified providers through its fiduciary agent on behalf of the individual.

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To: State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities
Rowland State Government Center
55 West Main Street, Suite 210
Waterbury, CT 06702-2004

And

Quality Assurance Manager
Allied Community Resources
Ph: 860 627-9500 ext 126
Fax 860 627-0230

From Craig Sears

1. The respondent is Employment Options whose business address is 91 Willenbrock Road, Oxford, CT 06478

2. I am a person with a physical disability, specifically my condition is known as traumatic brain injury (TBI) in and around October 2009 until in or around April 2010, the respondent refused to provide me services including supportive employment services and independent living skills training services.

3. Respondent reported to the Dept. of Social Services that they were providing me services, but I did not receive the services respondent had committed to provide me and for which they were compensated for providing me through a program known as the ABI Medicaid Waiver allied community resources program. Respondent sent unqualified individuals such as xxx to provide me independent living skills traing for which he was not qualified because he lacked the appropriate certification.

4. Respondent sent me support employment staff and advised them not to provide me any supported employment services. Please refer to letter written by xxx on 1/4/10… This made it appear as if they were providing me services when in fact they were not providing me services to assist me in my work as an advocate.

5. I made complaints with the Department of social services and protection and advocacy and Dr, Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA Regarding employment options unethical and illegal treatment of me. Please refer to letter written by Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA and, Jessica from P&A, ABI Waiver Provider Complaint Meeting

6. When I complained about the fact services were not being provided respondent unreasonable confrontational and defamed my character by stating they had concerns for me working with female staff and implying I had acted inappropriately with female staff. Please refer to letter written by Dr, Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA and, Jessica from P&A, ABI Waiver Provider Complaint Meeting

7. Respondent replaced the female staff person with another female. Please refer to letter written by, Jessica from P&A, ABI Waiver Provider Complaint Meeting

8. And I quote:
Hi Craig

You are correct. Shannon denies every accusation made by EO. Wow!

9. You can also Please refer to State of Connecticut Department of Social Services Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Invoice And Time Sheets in the copies allied community resources sent to me Date 5/7 & 1/15 & 1/29 & 2/12 & 2/26 etc! There are all billing for x providing me supported employment services that I did not receive. Please refer to letter written by x along with the fact that x stopped working for Employment Options LLC 91 Willenbrock Road, Oxford, CT 06478

10. My acquired brain injury ABI program is based on assessment of my condition and I never have had any issues with women. Please refer to letter written by Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA and, Jessica from P&A, ABI Waiver Provider Complaint Meeting

11. Respondent stated they didn’t agree with my views on reforming the ways persons with TBI are treated and served and that was the reason they were refusing to provide me services to complete my advocacy work. You have my permission to speak with Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA and Jessica from P&A

12. Respondent discriminating against me on the basis of my physical disability traumatic brain injury in failing to provide me with equal services in comparison to others they provide such services.

13. I am requesting that Employment Options LLC 91 Willenbrock Road, Oxford, CT 06478 be removed as a allied community resources ABI Medicaid Waiver Provider I am also requesting a complete investigation into my case and every ABI TBI survivors case they are providing services for as a approved allied community resources ABI Medicaid Waiver Provider

Good afternoon Craig,
Attached are my meeting minutes from today’s meeting about
Employment Options. Please let me know if you have any questions, or
Find anything to be inaccurate to your recollection.
Thank you,
Jessica

Jessica
Human Services Advocate PAIMI/PATBI
Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
60 B Weston Street
Hartford, CT 06120
1.800.842.7303 (V and TDD)
TDD 860.297.4380
Fax 860-566-8714

ABI Waiver Provider Complaint Meeting

Present: Craig Sears, Jessica from P&A, Cindy Perjon from DSS, Jim Dwyer from DSS, Erick from DSS, and Jose from Independent Living Solutions.

• Craig stated that he requested the meeting to make a formal complaint about Employment Options.
• Craig presented a copy of a written letter by his former Staff, for Cindy’s and Jim’s review.

• Craig’s primary complaints were;

1) Staff working with Craig was instructed by Employment Options management to refrain from providing him any services “pertaining to his state ABI waiver case”. Please refer to letter written by Jessica from P&A. Craig stated that he did not receive the services outlined in his waiver plan that Employment Options committed to provide, and reported providing.

2) Female staff was removed from his case without cause. Employment Options expressed concerns about Craig working with female staff, cited this as the reason for removing his current staff, however, they replaced her with another female. Craig emphasized that he prefers working with females and has never had any issues working with females. This statement was supported by Craig’s cognitive behaviorist, Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA and Jessica, his advocate from P&A, at his team meeting.

• Cindy stated that she will investigate the complaint. She stated that Craig may not be informed of actions DSS may take with the provider.

• Craig was reminded of his options to address the complaint with CHRO, Statewide Legal Services, or a private attorney.

After the meeting I asked questions in an effort to advocate for myself and all those individuals who are protected by the established legislation which is found within the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI Medicaid Waiver) Program.

In response to this letter of my team meeting minutes written by the office of protection and advocacy for persons with disabilities the Dept of Social Services DSS is saying that they will not do anything about employment options LLC discriminating and giving false documents to DSS saying they were providing services for me that they were not providing me with and making up false accusations about me.

Then after I started saying something about it and putting in a formal complaint with the Dept of Social Services and with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities following the suggestion of P&A all of a sudden now the Dept of Social Services wants to discuss it again. Been there done that! It’s the same old BS they will take your complaint and do nothing about it. The fact is, I don’t need to talk about it!

The Dept of Social Services need to do their job they were hired to do by the federal government and remove Employment Options LLC as an approved allied ABI Medicaid waiver provider. I’m not the only survivor that they are discriminating against.

Jessica
Human Services Advocate PAIMI/PATBI
Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
To: State of Connecticut, Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities
Rowland State Government Center
55 West Main Street, Suite 210
Waterbury, CT 06702-2004

And

Quality Assurance Manager
Allied Community Resources
Ph: 860 627-9500 ext 126
Fax 860 627-0230

From Craig Sears

1. The respondent is Employment Options whose business address is 91 Willenbrock Road, Oxford, CT 06478

2. I am a person with a physical disability, specifically my condition is known as traumatic brain injury (TBI) in and around October 2009 until in or around April 2010, the respondent refused to provide me services including supportive employment services and independent living skills training services.

3. Respondent reported to the Dept. of Social Services that they were providing me services, but I did not receive the services respondent had committed to provide me and for which they were compensated for providing me through a program known as the ABI Medicaid Waiver allied community resources program. Respondent sent unqualified individuals such as x to provide me independent living skills training for which he was not qualified because he lacked the appropriate certification.

4. Respondent sent me support employment staff and advised them not to provide me any supported employment services. Please refer to letter written by xxx on 1/4/10… This made it appear as if they were providing me services when in fact they were not providing me services to assist me in my work as an advocate.

5. I made complaints with the Department of social services and protection and advocacy and Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA Regarding employment options unethical and illegal treatment of me. Please refer to letter written by Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA and, Jessica from P&A, ABI Waiver Provider Complaint Meeting

6. When I complained about the fact services were not being provided respondent unreasonable confrontational and defamed my character by stating they had concerns for me working with female staff and implying I had acted inappropriately with female staff. Please refer to letter written Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA and, Jessica from P&A, ABI Waiver Provider Complaint Meeting

7. Respondent replaced the female staff person with another female. Please refer to letter written by, Jessica from P&A, ABI Waiver Provider Complaint Meeting

8. And I quote: Hi Craig

You are correct. Shannon denies every accusation made by EO. Wow!

9. You can also Please refer to State of Connecticut Department of Social Services Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Invoice And Time Sheets in the copies allied community resources sent to me Date 5/7 & 1/15 & 1/29 & 2/12 & 2/26 etc! There are all billing for xxx providing me supported employment services that I did not receive Please refer to letter written by xxx along with the fact that x stopped working for Employment Options LLC 91 Willenbrock Road, Oxford, CT 06478

10. My acquired brain injury ABI program is based on assessment of my condition and I never have had any issues with women. Please refer to letter written by Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA and, Jessica from P&A, ABI Waiver Provider Complaint Meeting

11. Respondent stated they didn’t agree with my views on reforming the ways persons with TBI are treated and served and that was the reason they were refusing to provide me services to complete my advocacy work. You have my permission to speak with Tariq, PhD, M.S., MBA and Jessica from P&A

12. Respondent discriminating against me on the basis of my physical disability traumatic brain injury in failing to provide me with equal services in comparison to others they provide such services.

13. I am requesting that Employment Options LLC 91 Willenbrock Road, Oxford, CT 06478 be removed as a allied community resources ABI Medicaid Waiver Provider I am also requesting a complete investigation into my case and every ABI TBI survivors case they are providing services for as a approved allied community resources ABI Medicaid Waiver Provider
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After the meeting I asked questions in an effort to advocate for myself and all those individuals who are protected by the established legislation which is found within the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI Medicaid Waiver) Program.

In response to this letter of the team meeting minutes written by the office of protection and advocacy for persons with disabilities the Dept of Social Services DSS is saying that they will not do anything about employment options LLC giving false documents to DSS saying they were providing services for me that they were not providing me with, and making up false accusations about me.

Then after I started saying something about it and putting in a formal complaint with the Dept of Social Services and with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities following the suggestion of P&A all of a sudden now the Dept of Social Services wants to discuss it again. Been there done that! It’s the same old BS they will take your complaint and do nothing about it.

The Dept of Social Services need to do their job they were hired to do by the federal government and remove Employment Options LLC as an approved Allied Community Resources ABI Medicaid waiver provider.

Connecticut TBI Advisory Board

December 30, 2012

From Craig Sears,  Survivor

To whom it may concern;

The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities provided me with the following, in her Fair Hearing statement.

Ø We the brain injury survivor’s of CT need your help. Would you please pass these laws on to your communication network and encourage their participation? In efforts to help enforce these laws and to get the word out to all the ABI Medicaid Waiver Program Provider’s. There are so many ways in which this can help us all.

My Name is Craig Sears and I am a survivor of Traumatic Brain Injury. I have been an active and effective advocate for the brain injury survivor community and a participant in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver Program for several years in Connecticut. Prior to obtaining waiver services, and as a result of a lack of community based supports, I was imprisoned and institutionalized. It is my goal to continue to strive for independence with appropriate supports, and to continue my advocacy efforts for other survivors.

In the early 1990’s I became a member of Connecticut’s class action lawsuit working along with the Connecticut Brain Injury Association advocating for Connecticut’s Acquired Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury (ABI) Medicaid Waiver.

I am an independent man with a brain injury. I have been an active and effective advocate for the brain injury survivor community and a participant in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver Program for several years. Prior to obtaining waiver services, and as a result of a lack of community based supports, I was imprisoned and institutionalized. It is my goal to continue to strive for independence with appropriate supports, and to continue my advocacy efforts for other survivors. With these goals in mind my ABI Waiver Service plan was developed in a truly person-centered cooperative team approach. My specific needs and goals were addressed through the design of a unique employment support program, and structured services that address my needs.

After an annual review, my current ABI Waiver service plan was approved, dated to commence May of 2009, and was signed by two Department of Social Service (DSS) social workers, who at the time were Carolyn Wright, my former social worker, and Victor Estay, my current social worker, and social work supervisor, Gary Vertula. I recently issued to DSS a complaint about an approved ABI Waiver provider that was not meeting my needs. The provider as well as I agreed to part ways, leaving me without services. This service lapse should have been temporary; however, through time delays and a refusal to authorize both service provision and payment to an approved provider selected by myself, DSS has essentially suspended all of my ABI Waiver services without a formal notice, and without good cause. Despite having a current service plan that was approved by DSS, I was without any services since August 29, 2009.

Ø Sec. 17b-260a-1I, Individuals who are eligible for ABI services shall be given free choice of all qualified providers of each service included in his or her plan of care. When I exercised this right to choice, DSS refused to authorize service provision and payment to an alternate DSS/ Allied approved provider of his choice, resulting in a complete absence of services for Mr. Sears. Ø Sec. 17b-260a-1J7 states that it is the responsibility of the Department to pay for approved ABI waiver services delivered by qualified providers through its fiduciary agent on behalf of the individual.

While the Department of Social Service may argue that a review of my service plan is necessary, additional evaluations are requested, etc., it cannot hold my services in suspense while these decisions are made by my team. I had a current DSS approved ABI Waiver service plan. The Department of Social Service has a responsibility and an obligation to provide me with these services until such time as any changes are made to my plan.

Ø Sec. 17b-260a-1J2c Responsibilities of the Department of Social Service, The DSS shall assign social work staff to execute the following ABI responsibilities: implement the approved service plan and coordinate services provided to the individual under the waiver. Furthermore, the Department of Social Service has overstepped its authority; it is the interdisciplinary team that makes determinations about the service plan. This was done without an ABI Waiver team meeting, and in absence of me, my appointed advocate, and a neurophysiologist familiar with me. Ø Sec. 17b-260a-1G4 the service plan shall be developed by an interdisciplinary team that includes the individual, his or her conservator, if any, the Department of Social Service social worker assigned to coordinate the individual’s service plan, a neurophysiologist who is familiar with the individual, other clinical staff as needed, and any other person(s) of the individual’s choice.

I requested the immediate re-instatement of my ABI Waiver plan, as written. By withholding both the authorization to provide services and payment, to an authorized provider, DSS has placed me at risk of re-institutionalization, has halted my means of financial self-support, has left me without the ability to meet my own basic needs, and has neglected to support me in the least restricted environment available and stricted environment available.

2012 was no different; during the months of June or July I have an Annual Review State Team Meeting to evaluate my disability. On more than one occasion, Connecticut Department of Social Services continues to try to take my services away from me by cutting my hours back or trying to remove me from the program. As well as threatening me and stating that I am not compliant with the program because I won’t allow them in my residences. According to Dr. T. M. A., PhD., M. S., MBA clients on the ABI Waiver are not required to allow DSS to do home visits; if the client refuses a home visit that’s fine. There are no consequences for not allowing a home visit.

Each year the Department of Social Service makes me sign a blank waiver agreement page without a completed service plan attached. According to Dr. T. M. A., PhD., M. S., MBA, One, it’s unethical; especially when the worker has threatened to unilaterally change the plan without client’s involvement. Two, the Department of Social Service is billing clients for a co pay that is not documented in the plan. They are saying that clients sign off and understand the terms but they don’t review the document. A month before my team meeting I received a call from my ABI Medicaid Waiver doctor, who had previously received a call from J.D at Bridgeport Department of Social Service, (who mind you is a supervisor) explaining to me my services were going to be lowered, and that DSS was going to try and use my program against me; all because I will ‘NOT’ allow them into my residence. This is the way they are getting the doctors to sign off on it and allowing them to take advantage. I had to have the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities at my team meeting like I have had to do in the past years, because my services are always being threatened.

Ø Two weeks after my Annual Review State team meeting, I had to call Allied Community Resources because I had been trying to get a hold of the Department of Social Services to try and get a copy of my ABI wavier plan and I was not getting any reply back from DSS. Come to find out that there actually were changes made to my plan. Without me/ABI team knowing anything about it!

This was done without an ABI Waiver team meeting, and in absence of me, my appointed advocate, and a neurophysiologist familiar with me.

Only after sending out an email and calling the “Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities” and my ABI waiver Dr. about this, saying that I did not agree to that change in my plan, attaching the Department of Social Service and Sec. 17b-260a-1G4 on the email.

Only then the Department of Social Service called me saying that they were going to send me a new ABI Waiver service plan to sign saying DSS is changing it back to the way it was, without any changes.

Ø The ABI Waiver program is a federal program. The states are program providers for the government. Most requirements the state try to impose on us are NOT mandated in the plan.

Ø When it’s brought to light they do their best to justify it!!

Fortunately I am a strong advocate for myself and after many phone calls, including to my Congressman’s office, I was able to have them reinstate my services – but not without cost to me as I went for so long without getting the services I needed. It also brought to my attention the sad state of the system as it currently exists – it is designed to take advantage of people with disabilities. Another person with a TBI in my shoes would likely not have had the ability to advocate for themselves as I did, and without services they would not have anybody else willing to do it on their behalf. This is a very disturbing situation and it shows how easy it is for the state of Connecticut Department of Social Service to take advantage of someone like me.

Ø Why aren’t these laws being enforced?

Ø Why is it that ABI Medicaid Waiver Program Provider’s don’t know about these laws?

Craig Sears, Survivor

http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2353&q=316512

To all U.S States with ABI Medicaid waiver Services what have you done to ensure that the same thing is NOT happening in your state

Connecticut’s Acquired Brain Injury ABI waiver – Annual Review Doctor’s Notes

December 30, 2012

Subject: Dr Notes

Craig Sears’s team meeting 10/24/12

Attendees: Craig Sears, James Dwyer; Stephanie; Clement; Jessica; Dorian Long, and Doctor

Dwyer is requesting a recap of CS last three months CS notes that he has had speaking engagements during the last three months States that he gets calls and emails regarding advocacy on a regular basis It’s difficult for CS to describe what he does to the current social worker due to an erosion of trust with this worker

Dwyer is attempting to state that he has not had specific events despite CS explaining to the contrary

Stephanie states that she is working with CS to complete a number of tasks Dorian introduces herself and asks about Stephanie’s role on the team What activities he does on a monthly basis: despite details that he manages his blog, website, talk show for brain injury etc…

What specifically does
Stephanie do with CS As his staff she provides companion and prevocational services

He does far more than go out to random events. They are conveniently taking advantage of the fact that he is to an accurate reporter

Sarah Jane Brain Project Advisory Board in State of CT

Can you take me through today how did you get through his day -question from Dorian Needs reminders to dress appropriately for weather and occasion States that he gets help with meal preparation from his staff States that he was able to get
his oatmeal together in the morning

Being questioned regarding his ADL’s —-it is crystal clear that he needs reminders

States that he knows that he would fail without his waiver services CS states that he does not want to go back to not having services

States that he likes structure. Does not believe that he could complete tasks if he did not have his ILST staff

State’s that it would be difficult if he were to have his services taken away. Dwyer states that he has benefitted and grown. Are these guys pushing to say he’s made enough progress let’s cut your hours? What a joke!

Dorian
states that the ABI waiver program is over 42 million dollars in budget

There’s an over focus on how his ILST services are implemented When are the ILST services delivered States that his hours in ILST are provided on a daily basis

ILST service hours:

Dwyer States that CS hours cannot be varied and haphazard States that there must be a schedule to implementing the hours It is their job to put structure in place regarding service intervention

Craig Sears

Everyone throws wrenches in his program because it doesn’t fit the structure that he wants This is not an issue
of improving his service but an attempt to scrutinize

CS is one of the highest functioning individuals on the waiver program per Dorian

My thoughts:

The lack of trust is so problematic He isn’t going to be forthcoming in a meeting if he doesn’t trust I will make sure that the level of structure is known to Mr. Dwyer

Points I made during the meeting

1. We discuss the service hours at every meeting. Dwyer denies this point

2. Trust on this program has eroded because all we do is discuss his hours

3. Dwyer called me and told me that his hours were going to be cut. I felt this was not a team process. Dwyer denies this point.

4. The focus on his hours leads to him not trusting. We go almost two months after a meeting trying to calm him down. If there is any waste it is the witch hunt that causes him not to trust and leads to months of lost service time.

5. Stated that I imagine that providers do not want to work with him because it’s the same witch hunt at every meeting. Dorian stated that she resented my use of the phrase “witch hunt”. I don’t know how else to characterize what I’ve seen

6. The level of scrutiny exceeds anything I’ve ever seen

7. If I were not on his program I would not believe that this is happening. I would write him off as paranoid. I’ve seen it and it’s horrible.

I explained that CS makes sure that he gets every hour out of his program. Of all people to question as to the veracity of their program CS should be the last person. He knows what hours he has and he wants the hours done.

What I did not say:

it’s a person-centered program. If he wants his hours implemented in a manner that is not traditional I can’t see the problem with it. Why does the worker believe that there has to be a schedule that cannot be modified or a schedule that is demanded by DSS? That’s not the program. It’s not person-centered when it’s convenient and then state driven when it’s inconvenient. Completely
unacceptable in my opinion!

Connecticut’s ABI waiver – Annual Review Staff Team Meeting Minutes

December 30, 2012

My name is Stephanie and I am part of Craig Sears staff. I work with him on his Prevocational hours and I have been working with CS since January of 2011, and I have been to every single one of his team meetings since then.

CS has an Annual Review State Team Meeting to evaluate his disability. On more than one occasion, Connecticut Department of Social Services continues to try to take his services away from him by cutting his hours back or trying to remove him from the program. Going into his team meeting was once again the same case as before. CS is told ever few months when he has his team meeting that his services will be changing, whether or not it’s his hours being cut or him being told that he will lose his services because he does not follow DSS protocol. As well as in between those months when CS does NOT have his team meetings he constantly gets calls from either his doctor (Dr. Tariq) or P&A (Jessica) stating that things are taking a turn, AGAIN! When CS confronted DSS at his team meeting about the fact that every meeting he has, it ends up reflecting upon his services, and what was brought to the table was something completely different. CS made a statement about how he received a call from his doctor stating that James Dwyer called him and told him that CS’s hours would be cut. When CS brought it to light in his team meeting Dorian Long, M.S.W., DSS (Program Administration Manager, Social Work Services) made it a point to tell CS that that’s NOT what was being asked of him. She told him that she was asking how he got himself up in the morning and who wakes him up, as well as a few other questions that I felt were unnecessary for the meeting.

I understand that CS has to report what he is doing when he is NOT at his team meetings, but when asking him questions like “who wakes him up in the morning” or “what he eats for breakfast” I feel that questions like that are irrelevant, Especially if it was stated prior that the meeting had nothing to do with that.  Why does it matter HOW he gets up, as long as he’s up and going on with his daily activities. Now, I can understand if he was being asked, “So, CS what have you done outside of your meeting?” Then okay I can understand that because that pertains to his case and that’s what the meeting is about according to Dorian Long who stated “we are not speaking about your hours being cut, no one will be cutting them on you, this meeting is about what you’re doing to progress with the services you have.”

When CS addressed this matter to his doctor, Dr. Tariq made it very clear that it’s a constant tug of war. That every single time after his team meetings CS is told he will be losing parts of his services. Dr. Tariq made it known that, “yes, I did get a call from James Dwyer stating Dwyer would be lowering or cutting CS’s hours back.” Dwyer began to state he “NEVER” said any of that to the doctor. I cannot believe how Dwyer can turn around and basically call Dr. Tariq a “Liar” and state he never said those words. I honestly believe the one person who has been dealing with CS case for quite some time now wouldn’t make up a story like that, especially seeing how I was present when CS got the call from his doctor telling him all this. As well as the many emails he receives on a daily bases about his case. CS had made it very clear how he gets all emails from his service providers/staff about anything concerning his ABI waiver. But made it very known how DSS continues to go behind his back and contacting the service providers telling them what will be going on with CS’s case.

Dr Tariq deals with a lot of ABI waiver cases and with CS’s case he feels “it’s always like a witch hunt when it comes to CS’s case.” Dorian Long turned and looked at the doctor and made it a point to let him know she took offense to what the he had said. But how and why was that offensive to her? If it’s not about taking things away from CS then why would the doctor’s statement be offensive? I strongly agree with Dr. Tariq, he is right! CS does what he needs to do to follow all the “protocols” that are made. And for him to basically be threatened with taking his services or cutting his hours or whatever DSS tries to justify it at that time is uncalled for. CS has been an active and effective advocate for the brain injury survivor community and a participant in the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Waiver Program for several years. CS works very hard to make it known what he does by all his websites and blogs; along with the other meetings etc. he attends. Being able to be a voice for others is a way of him showing that he will NOT back down. That he will NOT allow anyone to go through what he had to because there were/are little to no services for brain injury survivor. He’s just an independent man trying to make a difference and better the services for brain injury.

Being a mother and having a family or any other parent for that matter, how do you expect us to teach our children to put their trust into a system when the system constantly takes advantage of the people who actually NEED the help? I think it’s a disgrace how DSS tries to justify their screw ups. After what they did to the doctor and everything they have done and the way they treat CS, I refuse to hold back any longer. It’s disgusting to know how people are treated when they have very little rights already……………..

Sincerely,

Stephanie