LadyGreyIcedTea t1_jdfpco2 wrote

This case is extreme but, to be perfectly honest, in 16 years as a pediatric nurse I have seen DCF do too much twice (both cases involved children with undiagnosed osteogenesis imperfecta and unexplained fractures) and do too little too many times to count.

Someone in this case had to have filed a 51A against the parents otherwise DCF wouldn't have even known about it. It was a report of suspected abuse and was probably screened in as an emergency response, which led to the middle of the night response. If DCF hadn't removed these children and it actually was an abuse case, the outcome could have been deadly.


LadyGreyIcedTea t1_jbtl9qb wrote

>Long story short, my supervisor is a moron that will eventually get our work into some OSHA violation because some workers are working more than 40 hours per week and not getting paid overtime for those hours.

This isn't an OSHA issue, it's a DOL issue. OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

You mention your co-worker was recently promoted. If they were promoted to a salaried/exempt position, they are not required to be paid OT for hours worked beyond 40.


LadyGreyIcedTea t1_jbm42eh wrote

Hopkinton is not really accessible by public transportation. The towns you listed that you are considering living in have commuter rail access but it is not feasible to commute to Hopkinton from any of those stations via public transportation. I am from the next town over and Hopkinton is not the place to work if you need to rely on public transportation.


LadyGreyIcedTea t1_ja6530u wrote

It's possible to have both private insurance and MassHealth. MassHealth just becomes secondary in that scenario and covers things like deductibles and co-pays from the primary insurance. So no, there's no penalty for having 2 insurances as this is common and something many people have. If you qualify for MassHealth, you should always have MassHealth.


LadyGreyIcedTea t1_ja586gm wrote

A co-worker's spouse is an MBTA policeman. I know he often signs up to work the Gillette train on Patriots game days or during certain concerts. They ride the train and then "police" a certain section of the stadium.


LadyGreyIcedTea t1_j6yytg0 wrote

It depends on the district too. Some are more apt to outplace than others. I work with children with severe special needs and have seen Salem, for example, not hesitate to send kids out immediately (like at their initial IEP meeting prior to their 3rd birthday) because the magnitude of their needs was too great. There are also families of means who move to certain towns specifically because that town is known as more likely to outplace their child without a fight. Newton is a town that has that reputation within the local pediatric circle.


LadyGreyIcedTea t1_j6g4sb2 wrote

To be fair, who has an easier time accessing mental health treatment? An affluent woman who in all likelihood has private health insurance and a husband who is able to work from home while she seeks treatment or a woman of lower socioeconomic means who is on MassHealth and who doesn't have family support?