KBH Celebrates 58th Annual Meeting
On June 14th, Kennebec Behavioral Health celebrated its 58th Annual Meeting at the Senator Inn in Augusta.
After a wonderful presentation by KBH CEO, Tom McAdam, the agency recognized five agencies/ individuals. See who these awardees were:
James R. Schmidt Award
Since the grand opening of the Save-A-Lot the leadership team of this business has been a strong employer partner to High Hopes Clubhouse. As a business member of our community Save-A-Lot has provided both Transitional Employment and Supported Employment opportunities for our membership. Today, Clubhouse members have the opportunity to gain valuable employment skills through the Transitional Employment placements, while other members are pursuing a longer career commitment through supported and full employment with Save-A-Lot. The Save-A-Lot team has exemplified the meaning of this award with the enthusiasm to help provide meaningful employment opportunities to the members of the Clubhouse in the Waterville community.
Outstanding Community Partnership Award
Representative Colleen Madigan, Waterville , ME
Representative Richard Malaby, Hancock, ME
During the Legislative Sessions of 2017 and 2018, Representatives Madigan and Malaby provided unfailing support and leadership on the Health and Human Services committee for children and families that experience mental health or developmental challenges. Through their individual and collective bills and their efforts within their caucuses, Representative Madigan and Malaby were able to positively impact meaningful reimbursement and access to care legislation. These positive changes, occurring solely from their passion and tenacity will have a meaningful impact on our clients.
Transformational Clinical Collaboration Award
Tara Karczewski-Mitchell, MaineGeneral
Tara Karczewski-Mitchell, Complex Mental Health Discharge Specialist at MaineGeneral Medical Center, has been an invaluable collaborator in working with our Supported Housing and Community Living Services programs. Tara consistently makes herself available to engage in planning with our teams to ensure a successful outcome for our residents and clients. Tara’s progressive thinking and responsiveness have fostered a dynamic working relationship, the result of which is individualized plans for residents and clients experiencing some of their most difficult days. With Tara’s help and support, we have established plans that provide the necessary support to transition individuals seamlessly from the hospital back to the community with as little disruption as possible. Tara’s compassion for the population we work with, her gracious and genuine nature, and willingness to collaborate are only a portion of why we believe Tara engenders the spirit of this award.
Ann Dorney, MD, Skowhegan Family Medicine
Gust Stringos, DO, Somerset Primary Care
Dr. Ann Dorney and Dr. Gust Stringos have been awarded the Transformational Clinical Collaboration Award for their primary care leadership and commitment to advancing evidence based treatment for those living with Opioid Substance Use Disorders through the Somerset Expansion for Addiction Care Collaborative (SEACC). Dr. Dorney is a former State of Maine Representative. She has been in practice in Skowhegan for over 35 years and working on opiate issues for at least 14 years. Dr. Stringos has practiced in Skowhegan since 1989. Besides providing excellent primary care services, Ann and Gust have been tireless advocates for and passionate supporters of Medication Assisted Treatment. Their clinical skill and practice wisdom has made it possible for KBH to move forward in planning for and developing a model of care that will more effectively treat addiction across the primary care and behavioral health areas of service.
KBH Recognition Award
Robert Anderson, MD
Dr. Robert Anderson, after practicing Psychiatry for over 35 years retired in December of 2017. During his career, Dr. Anderson worked in both inpatient and ambulatory positions which provided a breadth of experiences and wisdom. In May of 2000, Dr. Anderson became Medical Director for Kennebec Valley Mental Health (now Kennebec Behavioral Health), During Dr. Anderson’s tenure, the KBH Med Clinic grew from three Providers to currently 16 Providers. In 2004, KBH added Child Psychiatry and thus the agency was able to provide psychiatry services for a full age range of patients. In 2017, KBH med management services provided care for over 5,800 persons. Dr. Anderson’s leadership and tireless advocacy for quality patient care and his support for his medical team is unsurpassed. It is with gratefulness that KBH honors Dr. Anderson for his outstanding contribution to the success of our Med Management program and to the wide spectrum of care at KBH.
This year, KBH also had Ann Woloson, Executive Director of Consumers for Affordable Health Care, as this’s guest speaker.
Before joining Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Ann worked as a policy analyst with Maine Equal Justice Partners, where her work focused on preserving and expanding access to health care through the Affordable Care Act. She also worked to preserve public benefits for Maine’s older residents, families with children, people with disabilities and many other Maine people who depend on vital programs to meet basic needs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Prior to her work at Maine Equal Justice Partners, Woloson was executive director of Prescription Policy Choices, a nonprofit public policy organization with the goal of reducing the prescription drug costs in Maine and the US. She also served as chief of staff for Maine’s Senate Majority Office, working on policy issues related to health care, health and human services, public benefit programs and the state budget. As senior health policy analyst for Consumers for Affordable Health Care and health care project director for Maine Children’s Alliance, she advocated for improved access to health care for all Maine people and helped to create the Maine Oral Health Coalition.
Earlier in her career, Woloson worked as policy writer and provider specialist for Maine’s Medicaid Program (MaineCare) and served as a nutrition counselor for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.
KBH had a wonderful Annual Meeting and looks forward to next year!