OK. So people who know me IRL and people who have followed me for a while know that I work at a counseling center. Specifically, I work at a not for profit agency and the office I work at pretty much services all of southern York County.
I have a lot of sympathy for the people who come in. I help them find different resources to help them out, whether it’s to get their GED, finding a caseworker, medical assistance applications, arranging paratransit, etc. I’ll help them get to their appointments, and even stick up for them and defend them if they weren’t able to make it to an appointment. These are people that if they’re working they can’t turn down any hours, or they don’t work and may or may not have reliable transportation. I’m constantly defending clients to one of our nurses and going the extra mile to make sure they get their meds.
Now, recently PA slashed 20% of the Behavioral Health budget (pretty much so they could give tax breaks to the shale drillers out west, but that’s a separate rant). This means that some of the services that we offer are being offered with more scrutiny, such as a sliding scale for Drug and Alcohol patients based on income, or the fact we can no longer afford to write off appointments for clients who have medicare and are being seen when a doctor is not in the office.
So please, don’t come to me and complain about the prices for services that you need to receive for a DUI. The prices are set by the county to keep everything equal and to prevent price gouging in areas where there are no alternative providers.
If you went out drinking, you should have had a plan. Either money for a cab, a ride home, a place to sleep it off, etc. If you were at your house, you should have had anything you may have wanted whether it’s food, cigarettes, or anything else.
Yes, you can get a DUI from meds, or a public drunkenness charge if you’re walking home drunk.
But check the resources in your area. I know in York there’s the DUI Keys Please program. Their number is 1-888-384-5008, they’ll get you and your car home for maybe twenty/thirty bucks.
I’m no one to tell anyone not to drink. I drink just as much as anyone else. And this isn’t based on my work rubbing off on me (I’m pro legalization and believe 12 step programs are BS). Just if you drink, don’t be dumbass. And if you are, don’t come bitching to me about the fees you have to pay.