New numbers show Portsmouth CPS back on track
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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) –  A 10 On Your Side investigation has led to big changes with the Portsmouth Child Protective Services.

In July, 10 On Your Side reported on over-worked and under staffed employees at the department. Caseloads were mounting.

“Why should children in Portsmouth be at a higher risk of safety than children in Norfolk, or children in Virginia beach or children in Chesapeake,”…

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Healthcare consolidation and its impact on liability claims outcomes
Once an M&A is announced, many things need to be addressed, including staffing, budget and culture - all of which can impact your liability claims program.

Not that long ago, the insurance industry, if not the business world, was rocked when Connecticut General and INA merged to form CIGNA. Today, mergers and acquisitions are a common everyday occurrence.

Community Mental Health Teams - In Crisis!

Community Mental Health Teams – In Crisis!

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For the past few months my regular Care Co-ordinator/CPN has been absent, they have been off sick since the very beginning of March. I usually saw this person every few weeks and had been trying to work with them in a more open and mutually respectful way.

Now psychiatric services within the NHS are stretched at the best of times, but I have over recent weeks realised that there is no longer…

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That feeling may be back, since I’m getting two more students… But still. I’ll take the relief for now!! Crazy that last year I had 4 full time and 6 on my caseload, and this year I’ll have 9 full time and 9 on my caseload. SpEd life…

Sometimes I have a week where I am hit like a ton of bricks by alllllll the most depressing cases in my caseload. This is one of those weeks.

Gonna plow through the last of it and just keep thinking… We are going to dinner tonight at a place that has awesome creme brûlée and I am totally gonna put some in my face.

Thank God this week is almost over. 

It has been a week, y’all. Last Thursday, a co-worker was finally (deservedly) fired. It’s a shame that it had to come to that but clients were being neglected and it was clear corrective action wasn’t happening. So, good for the clients. Or at least it will be. For me, however, not so great. In addition to taking care of my 17 highly vulnerable clients, I have to cover the highest need clients on my co-worker’s caseload (two of whom are families) until the agency hires a replacement. To say I am overwhelmed right now would be an understatement.

Then on Monday, we learned that our director is leaving. This person has been really instrumental in my clinical and professional development and I’m pretty crushed. They will be leaving a hole that can’t be filled, at least not with the assumed replacements (two internal hires, pretty much a done deal, neither one strong clinically). In addition to just missing the clinical and emotional support from my director, their leadership will be sorely missed. They ran a tight ship. I fear that ship is going to veer off course with the slightest gust once they’re gone.

I only have 15 months left in this city. I had hoped to just stay put but I’m getting more and more frustrated with my job and less and less confident in the agency as a whole to support employees. I feel like I’ve gotten all I can out of this position now that my clinical mentor is leaving and I am not seeing much room for growth now that the possibility of moving up to a management position is gone.

TL;DR I am feeling tired and sad and stuck.

I got into a site that looks really promising!! It’s about an hour commute but I think it’ll be worth it since it’s an outpatient facility that combines pediatrics w/ adults so my caseload will be a mix, meaning I can’t do a peds rotation next year but honestly that’s for the better. Now I can knock out my peds rotation while NOT working exclusively with kids, and then do another phys dis next year (probably at a hand clinic). EXCITED!! that’s 1 big weight off my shoulders for the time being.

(strangely though my mom didn’t even react at all when i told her. guess she just didn’t notice i’d mentioned it?)

zero-tolerance-4-hate asked:

What all are you going to be doing for this internship?

I’m going to be in a middle school or a high school, it hasn’t been decided yet. I’ll be doing psychological testing and assessments, groups, and probably a caseload of around 8 individual therapy clients!

Scotty’s Caseload Vol.1 🎧🎧
Here it is…LINK IN MY BIO 🔥🔥🔥
I just put something small together, I will be putting together another next month.
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City of Ottawa paid $14.5M to settle legal claims last year

The City of Ottawa spent $14.5 million to settle legal claims in 2015, a cost that has risen in each of the last five years and has nearly tripled since 2011.

The city’s legal department settles between 500 and 600 legal claims from the public every year. The bulk of the caseload is small claims for property damage.

While the city faces relatively few personal injury claims, those cost far more to settle.

People sue over slips and falls on city sidewalks, for injuries sustained while riding public transit or when they’re struck by a city vehicle, among other reasons. 

In 2011, the City of Ottawa spent $5.7 million to settle claims made by the public, $1.7 million of which went to settle just eight personal injury claims of over $100,000 each.

Contrast that with 2015, when the city spent $14.5 million, including $10 million on 21 of those larger injury claims.

There is no specific reason for the upward trend, said the city’s solicitor, Rick O'Connor.

“The potential for significant delays between the resolution of a claim and the events giving rise to it make it inherently difficult to identify root causes as to why there may be an increase in the number or value of claims,” he wrote.

People can file claims up to 24 months after the incident, and the civil process can also take time, he added.

Single settlement can skew tally

“A single large claim can significantly affect the overall total,” O'Connor explained.

Ottawa publishes more comprehensive data on legal settlements than do most other cities, according to the municipality.

Through those reports CBC could see that last year alone the city settled a $1.2-million claim for a slip or fall, another for $1.5 million for someone injured on public transit, and a $3-million settlement in a collision involving a city vehicle.

The city’s deductible on its liability insurance is $3 million, and amounts above that are paid by the city’s insurer.

For confidentiality reasons, the city doesn’t disclose individual settlements, but one of the large settlements in 2015 would have been paid to Karen Toop, a woman who survived being hit by a snow plow four years earlier.

The City of Ottawa is currently dealing with 36 lawsuits served against it related to the 2013 crash between an OC Transpo bus and Via Rail train.

It has so far paid out $2.11 million to resolve eight of those suits.

In total, the city faces $26 million in damages over the crash.

the heat: grady & elektra

Those fuckers owed him big time.

There wasn’t a damn cop in his precinct that didn’t know how much he hated busting these damn things up. It was, in his own opinion,something that needed to be left for patrol officers. Baby faced kids with nothing but eagerness to please and all the time in the world. Not someone like him. He had shit to do. He had a caseload that was overwhelming him and a Captain up his ass about some hooker operation that they needed to nail down.

He could have been working on all of that. Or he could have been at a bar watching the game, eating something that was sure to send him to an early death. He could have been on a date. He could have been sleeping. Hell he could have been in a dentist’s chair getting ready to have some teeth pulled because anything seemed like a better option than this.

The lot was completely full when he pulled up. Discrete as he could be in his old crown vic, though at least he didn’t bust out the dashboard siren. No one seemed to notice his presence either, which was at least a plus side. There was nothing more obnoxious than a bunch of these idiots getting in their cars and trying to get away. Still, he wasn’t sure how they wanted him to handle this situation. There were literally hundreds of people here. He was going to need a hell of a lot more handcuffs.

Grady had the luxury of taking his time. Of knowing that there were two patrollers not far from here ready to stop any races and that gave him something to smile about. And then there was her. He recognized her right away. She’d been in the back of his car before. He had a feeling she enjoyed having handcuffs slapped on her. Entirely too smug for his own good he approached her subtly, no one had spotted him just yet. “Aren’t you on probation? House arrest? Somethin’? You definitely shouldn’t be here right now.”
This is a rare opportunity that would see you work alongside an experienced partner assisting on catastrophic injury work including cases involving brain injury, amputation and paralysis.

You will be a solicitor or qualified CILEx with a proven track record in personal injury litigation.

The firm itself is a top 100 firm with an outstanding reputation for excellence in personal injury litigation. You would be working from their offices based in central Sheffield.

Your day to day role will be to assist the partner on their caseload of high value injury work. Previous experience of high value work would be ideal, but it is not essential. What is essential is that you have good experience of litigated personal injury work.

This is the perfect opportunity for someone looking to deal with higher value work and develop their skills in dealing with such claims.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail please contact David Carr at Chadwick Nott.