1 Our Values Communication Compassion Education Hope Professionalism Respect Teamwork Trust Inside this issue: From the Director Update on Person -Centered Care NMSH News Friends of NMSH 4 Volunteers of the Year Shivangi Named Board Chair; Mikula Named ED 5 6 New Beginnings Dickerson and Callens Honored at Joint Conference The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) met recently for its 31 st Annual Joint Mental Health/ Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Conference in Biloxi. With the theme Moving Forward: Innovation, Integration and Intervention, the Conference trained leaders throughout the State in practices to improve the care of those being served by DMH. Lori G. Dickerson was honored with the James C. Stubbs Volunteer Award. This Award is given to a person who has demonstrated a continuing interest and effort in providing volunteer and advocacy services to citizens of Mississippi with mental health needs and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. The award is named in memory of James Stubbs whose career in mental health began in 1950, when he served as staff assistant for the Board of Trustees of Mental Institutions, the state s predecessor to the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. Ms. Dickerson has been a member of Friends of NMSH for ten years and is the immediate past president of the board of this organization. She has participated in fundraisers, Christmas activities, and special events. One year she personally made throws for 82 clients for Christmas. All of the time she has spent with those served has allowed her to encourage them in their recovery process. The greatest gift Ms. Dickerson has given NMSH has been her advocacy role. She has very often written letters and made phone calls to legislators on behalf of NMSH. In the summer of 2010, when the seated Governor was calling for the closure of this hospital, she came to the director and asked, What can I do? This led to her first public talk about her experience with clinical depression at a public meeting attended by 300 people, fifteen of whom were Mississippi legislators. In December of that year, she wrote her story as an editorial for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal; it was picked up by papers across Mississippi. Because of her excellent talk at the NMSH public meeting, she was asked to speak at a statewide Legislative Appreciation Breakfast in February of 2011 and again at a rally at the State Capitol to urge funding to allow NMSH and other DMH facilities to stay open. Her efforts played a big role in NMSH s being open today. NMSH Director Paul A. Callens (pictured with DMH Executive Director Diana Mikula and Deputy Director Matt Armstrong) was chosen to receive the Albert Randel Hendrix Memorial Leadership Award, which is given to a Mississippian who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in the field of services for persons with mental illness and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. The award is named for the former executive director of DMH who, at his retirement, was the longest serving executive director of mental health services in the nation. Callens began his career with DMH in 1991 when he joined the staff of Mississippi State Hospital as an Associate Psychologist. In 1994 he joined the DMH Central Office staff as a Program Planner/Evaluator. He was one of the first administrators to be chosen for the intensive Administrator in Training program. Upon completion of that program, he was assigned to NMSH as Assistant Director. In 1999, he was named Director, the position he holds today. Continued on page 5 Fall 2014
2 New Beginnings From Our Director Our Vision is to be a leader in partnering with a coordinated network or community based services and supports that is personcentered and builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families and communities to achieve improved health, wellness and quality of life for those with mental illness. Our Mission is to provide the highest quality acute psychiatric care for Northeast Mississippi adults in the process of recovery. Fall has arrived and we are seeing changes around us each day the air is a little cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and folks are already making plans for the holidays. Other than the days getting shorter, it is an enjoyable time of year. It is a reminder that nothing stays the same and we must be adaptable. As we reflect on what we do here at North Mississippi State Hospital, we must also be adaptable willing to embrace change and its positive effects. Our focus has always been on serving individuals and helping them get better. For some time now we have been expanding our mission to focus on more than just their improvement. We are now focusing on their recovery. It is our sincere hope to be conduits for the individuals we serve that enable them to approach life with a recovery oriented focus recognizing that not every day is a success, but the effort is. We look forward to our future as we endeavor to create new beginnings. I hope you will enjoy reading about the activities going on at North Mississippi State Hospital that are turning our mission into a reality. Update on Person Centered Care The NMSH staff and friends provided a team for the Northeast Mississippi Walk to End Alzheimer s in September. The team and the hospital joined together as a sponsor and a fundraising group to provide $1,490 to the efforts to end Alzheimer s and other dementia-related diseases in our State! Congratulations, NMSH employees! A year ago NMSH announced plans to work toward a recovery-oriented, person-centered system of care for those we serve. This past year has been spent in careful preparation, planning, and beginning that program. Staff has been and will continue to be trained in this new way of thinking about serving those entrusted to our care. Clinical staff have worked hard to incorporate this approach, while still keeping the best of the treatment model in place. It is good to report that several people have been admitted and cared for using this model and it seems to be working. Not only that, the three Community Mental Health Centers with whom we work also seem to have worked this programming into their approach to community-based services. NMSH continues to look forward to giving those we serve the hope that recovery is possible and the self-respect that comes from knowing that they are not identified as a diagnosis, but as a person who has an illness that can be treated.
3 Page 3 NMSH News Robert Rawson, Police Officer, was elected Employee of the Year for He was recognized at the Joint Conference for Mental Health and Intellectual/Developmentally Disabled staff members late in October. He has worked at NMSH for seven years and is the kind of employee who is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done. He willingly helps others whenever necessary. NMSH is proud to have Robert represent us as Employee of the Year. Sandra Tiggs, Social Worker on the Women s Unit, was named Employee of the 1st Quarter of 2014, and Matt Davis, Facilities Maintenance Superintendent, was named Employee of the 2nd Quarter of 2014, and Linda Cook Walker, Psychology Associate on the Men s Unit, was named Employee of the 3rd Quarter of Each of these employees was chosen because she or he exemplifies the values of NMSH in daily work at the hospital. Recent staff changes have included Kathy Michael s promotion to Human Resources Director; (pictured left to right) Dana Phyfer s promotion to Training/Staff Development Director; Aundra Agnew s promotion to Personnel Officer; Graham Lyons promotion to Accounts Payable Clerk; and RN Lisa Roberts promotion to Nurse Manager. RN Colby Ponder has been certified as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse. Joe Rials, Fiscal Services Director, graduated from the State Personnel Board s Certified Public Manager program. Ken Lippincott, M.D., Clinical Director, was appointed by Governor Bryant to the Board of Medical Licensure..
4 Page 4 Friends Membership Fall 2014 Mentor Faye Hurt Patsy Sullivan Bronze Members Patrick Jamison Silver Members Wanda Armstrong, Ph.D. Shirley Bryson Andrea Garrison, M.D. Joe T. Grist Kathy Michael Laura Pannell Eric Pittman, Pharm. D. Debra Wuichet Gold Members Michelle Allred Paul Callens, Ph.D. M/M Robert Callens Robyn & Dale Gibson Debbie Woodrick Hall For information about Friends of North Mississippi State Hospital, contact: Debbie W. Hall 1937 Briar Ridge Road Tupelo MS Levels of Giving Friend $12 for individual $25 for business/organization Partner $25 for individual $50/business/organization Mentor $50 for individual $75 for business/organization Begins recognition in publications Bronze $75 for individual $100 for business/organization Silver $100 for individual $250 for business/organization Gold $250 for individual $500 for business/organization An annual event for NMSH is to host the October breakfast meeting of Mission Mississippi in Tupelo. Each event is attended by approximately 50 to 60 people whose aim is to change Mississippi one relationship at a time. NMSH typically provides the music for the program from the vast array of talent among our staff. This year Recreation Therapist Amy Bain and Mental Health Technician Fannie Jackson sang for those in attendance. Memorials In Memory of Lorene Hill Given by Faye Hurt In Memory of Adam Sullivan Linda Parker Lisa Newsum Smith Carley Smith Ruthie Williams Given by Patsy Sullivan Board of Directors, President, Laura Pannell Vice-President, Linda Walker Cook Secretary, Craig Allen Treasurer, Jo Stegall Past President, Lori Dickerson Wanda Armstrong Robyn Gibson Lori Dickerson Faye Hurt Greg Windhom Tina Bivens Sandra Garmon Adam Hollowell Ex Officio Sommer Armstrong Debbie Hall When Link Centre brought Doug Berkey to Tupelo, they shared him with NMSH one evening. He brought his No Show Show to those in our care for a night of fun. Here he has involved MHT Lauren Scott in his No Show. NMSH appreciates Link Centre for sharing a performance with our staff and clients! The purpose of Friends of NMSH is to raise funds for projects that will improve the quality of life for those we serve and that will provide support and recognition for employees; to promote understanding of mental illness; and to promote public interest in North Mississippi State Hospital.
5 NMSH: Helping to Create New Beginnings Page 5 Continued from page 1 Components of Recovery Self-Directed Individualized & Person-Centered Empowerment Holistic Non-Linear Strengths Based Respect Responsibility Peer Support Resiliency Hope Callens is a leader of integrity whose vision has allowed NMSH to provide the highest quality acute psychiatric care in this area of the state. His leadership resulted in the hospital s being the first DMH facility to receive full accreditation from The Joint Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University. He is a Certified Mental Health Therapist, a Certified Mental Retardation Therapist, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a Certified Public Manager, and a Licensed Administrator for the Department of Mental Health. Dr. Callens completed the State Executive Development Institute at the Stennis Center at MSU. He is a past recipient of the DMH Bradley A. Sanders Award and was named to the Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal. Dr. Callens has had the opportunity to be at the beginning of many exciting changes in mental health in our State. He was part of the leadership for the opening of NMSH, the first state hospital opened in over 100 years in Mississippi. During his tenure, the template for programming the crisis intervention centers was developed at the Corinth and Batesville centers. He is now leading his NMSH team in a transition to a recovery oriented system of care for those served by the organization. It was fitting that this change began during the 15 th year of operation so that changes were made to the vision, mission and values of NMSH to reflect a more person-centered attitude to the work being done here. Dr. Callens is the Mississippi representative and current secretary for the board of the Southern States Psychiatric Hospital Association. He is a member of the Mississippi Hospital Association s Society for Behavioral Health Services, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management. Volunteers Making a Difference NMSH has been blessed with volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of those we serve. It has been a privilege to recognize two special volunteers in the last two years. Faye Hurt of Okolona was named Volunteer of the Year for Mrs. Hurt spent countless hours providing monthly birthday parties for those in our care for several years. She baked cakes and planned each party around a special theme, making the day special for everyone in attendance. She often arranged for special guests, such as the Brewer Opry and the Hot Springs Hotties, to entertain. Mrs. Hurt also made it her goal to beautify the flower beds on campus. Now the beds at the entrance are a source of pride for the staff and make our entrance much more pleasing for everyone. Mrs. Hurt is now serving as a Peer Support Specialist and offering Horticulture Therapy for those we serve every other week. She continues her volunteer duties as a member of our Friends of NMSH Board of Directors. Every once in a while an angel appears at your door. Such was the case when Rev. George Vance came to our campus and told us that he just felt like he had something to offer our residents. After a visit with Volunteer Director Sommer Armstrong and Program Director James Coniglio, Ph.D., they agreed! Rev. Vance began by offering a chance to talk to those who wanted to come and visit. He talked about whatever was on his heart to share. Now he offers the Bible Study every other Wednesday morning. Those who take the time to spend time with Rev. Vance find him to be a helpful and compassionate man and they look forward to his visits. For that reason, he was chosen as the NMSH Volunteer of the Year for Both volunteers have also been recognized by the Mississippi Hospital Association for their work with those in our care. Congratulations to these two excellent and compassionate volunteers!
6 NMSH: Helping to Create New Beginnings Page 6 Dr. Shivangi Named Chairman, Board of Mental Health Sampat Shivangi, M.D., of Ridgeland, was named Chairman of the Board of Mental Health in June. We are very excited to have Dr. Shivangi serve in this role, said Diana Mikula, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, His knowledge and experience are valuable attributes. Since he was appointed to the Board in 2009, he has clearly shown his dedication to the people served by the mental health system. From , Dr. Shivangi served as the Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is past president elect of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. He is the Founding president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in Mississippi and is past president and chair of the India Association of Mississippi. Dr. Shivangi is president and CEO of the US Info Systems of Mississippi. He previously served on the Mississippi Board of Health. Dr. Shivangi represents the Medical Physician category on the Board of Mental Health. We re on the web! New Beginnings is a publication of North Mississippi State Hospital 1937 Briar Ridge Road Tupelo MS Paul A. Callens, Ph.D. Director Debbie Woodrick Hall Director of Community Relations Editor NMSH is a behavioral health program of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health Mikula Appointed Executive Director of Mississippi DMH The Mississippi State Board of Mental Health recently appointed Diana Mikula, of Madison County, as Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. She assumed the role on July 1 following Edwin C. LeGrand III s retirement. Mikula is a longterm Department of Mental Health (DMH) employee, having started her career at Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) in 1995, serving the last three years as Deputy Executive Director. Over the years the Board has been impressed with Ms. Mikula s extraordinary breadth and depth of experience while serving in the Department, said Dr. James Herzog, Chair of the Board of Mental Health when Ms. Mikula was appointed. She exhibits an ideal grasp of the important issues facing the Department regarding community-based programs. Her experiences with motivating staff and interfacing with the legislature regarding funding and necessary legislation is very impressive. Mikula joined MSH in 1995 as a personnel officer in the Human Resources Division and was later named Director of that Division. In March of 2000, she was promoted to administrator of Whitfield Medical Hospital, a position she held until the promotion to assistant director of MSH in In September 2007, Mikula was promoted to Director of the Bureau of Mental Health at the DMH Central Office. Mikula received a bachelor s degree from the University of Mississippi and master s degree in health care administration from Mississippi College. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at Grand Canyon University in Organizational Leadership. Mikula has also completed the Mississippi Economic Council Leadership Mississippi program, the John C. Stennis Institute of Government s State Executive Development Institute, and the Certified Public Manager s program. She currently serves on the DMH Professional Licensure and Certification Review Board. In addition to her extensive experience at DMH, Mikula has continued to be active in numerous professional organizations, including the Mississippi Hospital Association, and was a former board member of MHA s Society of Behavioral Services. She also formerly served as the vice-president of the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Council. In 2003, Mikula was named one of Mississippi s Top 40 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal, the first DMH employee to receive this honor. Mikula is a Certified Public Manager and a Licensed Mental Health Administrator. Ms. Mikula brings a vibrancy and enthusiasm that will serve the Department, its staff and consumers exceptionally well in the years to come, said Dr. Herzog. She has a keen vision for the future of mental health in Mississippi and we cannot wait to work with her in this new role. This issue of New Beginnings is dedicated to the life and memory of Ruthie Williams, beloved employee who graduated into life eternal in August.