KBH honors advocates for agency clients

Patricia Goodknow, left, with Lisa SoucieAUGUSTA - At its recent annual meeting, the non-profit Kennebec Behavioral Health presented awards of appreciation to a statewide health-care advocate that works in behalf of low-income Mainers as well as a Waterville restaurant that employs persons experiencing mental illness.
 
KBH presented its Outstanding Community Partnership Award to the Maine Equal Justice Partners (MEJP) in recognition of the organization’s advocacy of Maine’s expanded health-care options made possible by the Affordable Care Act. MEJP is an Augusta-based non-profit legal-aid provider that works in behalf of low-income and impoverished Mainers. Sara Gagne Holmes, the group’s Executive Director, and MEJP Board Chair Charles Dingman accepted the award at the June 12 event, held at the Senator Inn.
 
Joseph’s Fireside Steakhouse was awarded KBH’s James R. Schmidt Award for exemplifying the late Jim Schmidt’s efforts to improve the quality of life for adults who experience mental illness by providing them with social, educational and employment opportunities. Patricia Goodnow, Joseph’s Fireside Steakhouse’s General Manager, accepted in behalf of the Waterville restaurant, which employs members of High Hopes Clubhouse, a KBH affiliate.
 
Guest speaker Kevin Lewis, the Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Community Health Options, presented a talk at the event on “The New Era of Health Insurance in Maine.”
 
The meeting was presided over by Carol A. Welch, president of KBH’s governing board; High Hopes Clubhouse Director Lisa Soucie; and KBH Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. McAdam. McAdam also summarized the non-profit’s most recent activities and accomplishments which included being named the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Business of the Year.
 
KBH is one of the region’s largest of health-care providers, having served more than 15,000 persons last year. Many of them were clients of KBH’s four primary clinics in Augusta, Skowhegan, Winthrop and Waterville as well as its affiliate vocational clubhouses in Augusta, Waterville and Lewiston.
 
Photo: Patricia Goodnow, left, with Lisa Soucie
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