Scioto County Clinic
Adams County Clinic
Lawrence County Clinic (Carlton Davidson and Lane Street)
Friday 8:00AM-12:00PM (Carlton Davidson)
Shawnee board elects officers, recognizes retiree
Text HerePortsmouth, OH – November 14, 2013 - The Board of Directors of Shawnee Mental Health Center, Inc. held its annual election of officers for the November 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014 term. Ronald B. Lynch was elected to serve as Chairperson. He is a resident of Adams County and is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Paige Robbins was elected to serve as Vice Chair. She is a resident of Scioto County and is the Director of Scioto County Department of Job and Family Services. Jeff Gaskin was elected to serve as Secretary. He is a resident of Lawrence County and is an EMT with Lawrence County EMS and served on the South Point Village Council. Linda “Lou” Carter was elected to serve as Treasurer. She is a resident of Scioto County and is a Commercial Accounts Banker with PNC Bank.
The Board also said goodbye to Leslie Morton of Scioto County who leaves the all-volunteer board after six years of exemplary service. During her tenure, Mrs. Morton served on the personnel, program and nominating committees and held the office of Vice Chair of the board. Cynthia Holstein, CEO of Shawnee, expressed her appreciation for Mrs. Morton’s support and guidance, stating, “Leslie has kept our long-standing mission of ‘health, hope and healing’ in the forefront. Without community leaders like her we could not maintain a strong organization.”
Shawnee Mental Health Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been providing comprehensive behavioral healthcare services to adults and children in Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties in Ohio since 1973.
More recently, Shawnee has expanded its services to include providing primary healthcare to adults and children at its Portsmouth, Coal Grove and West Union, Ohio clinics. Also, through the establishment of Southern Ohio Vocational Services, Shawnee is providing vocational services to adults with disabilities in 13 Ohio counties.
Shawnee Mental Health selected as one of the first health homes in Ohio
Shawnee has been designated as a Medicaid health home by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. A health home is composed of teams of professionals working together with the client and family to help people with mental illness achieve optimum health.
Studies show that people with mental illness have a shorter life and die on average approximately 25 years earlier than people without serious mental illness. Physical health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, are common for people with serious and persistent mental illness and are factors related to this early mortality. These conditions, often worsened by medications taken to treat mental illness, are preventable when care providers treat the whole person instead of a particular illness.
Designation as a health home will enable Shawnee Mental Health Center to move toward treating the whole person and not just address mental health only. Staff at Shawnee are excited about this opportunity to better serve the community and enhance the health of people in Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties.
For more information about health homes and Shawnee’s designation, please contact the county clinic director.
Adams County = George Staker 937-544-5581
Lawrence County = John Bowman 740-533-6280
Scioto County = Jim Haas 740-354-7702