Saturday, May 18, 2013
I wish Brad much success and happiness in his decision to continue his education. I greatly appreciate all of his hard work in his years with THCC. He will be sorely missed.
I was listening to NPR's Fresh Air yesterday morning as Dave Davies interviewed an author who mentioned that the top five consumer protection groups sent 20 lobbyists to Capitol Hill during the financial reform debate while the top five finance industry groups sent 406 lobbyists during the same time. In other words, consumers were outnumbered 20 to 1.
This is a story we know too well as the voice for Tennessee's health care consumers. During the implementation of health reform, we are constantly out numbered. Fortunately, THCC has a long history of working on your behalf and our success stories are many and varied. From the beginning days of TennCare to the passage and implementation of national health reform, we've been privileged to represent your interest during challenging times.
Through the years, THCC has had fantastic leadership to help make all of this possible, and I'm so lucky to have been able to follow in such tremendous footsteps. However, my time as THCC's interim executive director has come to an end. I'll continue with THCC and will be focused mostly on policy and communications as we move forward with enrolling hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans later this year. I will eventually be leaving THCC in August to pursue a Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work.
Until then, I'm happy to provide the transition and introduce you to THCC's new director - Walter Davis. Walter comes with much experience in organizing and building community partnerships, which is just what we need as we start planning for open enrollment, and I'm thrilled to be by his side as we move forward.
Brad A. Palmertree, BSW
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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TMHCA 25th Anniversary & Annual Conference
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Celebrate 25th Anniversary of TMHCA
Come Join TMHCA as it celebrates 25 years of "Honoring our Past, Building our Present, and Shaping our Future."
TMHCA's 25th year celebration will be at the world renowned Jim Oliver's Smoke House Lodge. Where much of the planning for what is now one of the nation's largest consumers/survivor groups began – Monteagle, TN.
Date: May 16, 2013
Time: Registration begins at 8am Central, Conference 8am-4pm Central
Registration Deadline: May 8th, 2013 (register here and apply for scholarship if applicable)
Location: Jim Oliver's Smoke House Lodge in Monteagle, TN
Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, is the Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). SAMHSA is the lead Federal agency designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
A self-identified mental health consumer, trauma survivor, and person in recovery from addictions, Paolo has been involved for over 40 years in behavioral health as a consumer, family member, provider, advocate, and policy maker.
Dr. Fisher obtained a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin and carried out neurochemical research at NIMH.
He was diagnosed with schizophrenia, was hospitalized on three occasions, and recovered. He co-founded the National Empowerment Center and was a Commissioner on the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He helped organize the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, a national voice for consumers and Interrelate, an international voice.
Plus a panel of well-known speakers from Tennessee including: Lisa Ragan, LMSW; Daniel Grooms MS, MBA;, Carolina George, MSSW; and Jennifer Jones, MSSW.
For conference questions contact Tory Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register visit: http://tmhca2013.eventbrite.com/
To register and apply for a scholarship (covers cost of an overnight stay): http://tmhca2013.eventbrite.com
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