The panelists were: Dr. George Lilley, Executive Director, Valley HealthCare, Systems, Randy Myers, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau for Medical Services, Fred Boothe, Commissioner, Bureau for Children & Families & Ann Stottlemyer, Commissioner, Bureau of Senior Programs.
George Smoulder, MSW (pictured above) received the 2003 Exemplar Award for Excellence in Social Work Management. (see picture page 3) George is executive director of Catholic Community Services, a statewide multi-service charitable agency based in Wheeling.Under his leadership the agency took on responsibility for mental health outreach and emotional recovery following several severe floods in southern West Virginia in recent years.He is lovingly described as a director who listens and learns from his frontline staff.
George is Executive Director of Catholic Community Services, a statewide, multi-service charitable agency based in Wheeling.
Mavis Grant and George Lilley, Jr., of Morgantown, have pledged $10,000 to establish the Grant and Lilley Educational Fund to support the educational outreach mission of the museum.
"We are very grateful to Mavis and George for their generosity."
Grant and Lilley have been involved with the Art Museum of WVU since it was in the planning stages and they are charter members of a group called Friends of the Art Museum.
Mavis Grant grew up in rural Illinois and George Lilley, Jr., is from the Philadelphia area.
They met professionally when George was the Chief Executive Director of Valley HealthCare System, the regional comprehensive mental health center, and Mavis was the Director of Community Health at the Monongalia County Health Department.
George chairs the local Coordinating Council on Homelessness and is active in the Morgantown Rotary, the Community Living Initiatives Corporation (CLIC), and the Morgantown Pedestrian Safety Board.
The Mavis Grant and George Lilley, Jr., gift to the Art Museum of WVU was made in conjunction with "A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia's University.
Sunday Gazette-Mail - Landmark mental health case to close
Before the landmark Hartley Supreme Court ruling in 1983, this was what happened to people with mental health problems in West Virginia, said George Lilly, CEO of Valley HealthCare System and former deputy director of the former state Department of Health.
West Virginians with behavioral health problems have the right to receive adequate treatment and to be deinstitutionalized, if possible, according to this decision.For 18 years, this case remained open.Lawyers, state health officials and other behavioral health advocates haggled in Kanawha County Circuit Court over ways to take these people out of the hospitals and into the community.This case is considered one of the longest and largest in the country.
Sunday Gazette-Mail - Shawnee Hills’ replacements have lost, too
joked CEO George Lilley on how Valley HealthCare System in Morgantown will financially support Shawnee Hill's Terra Alta substance abuse recovery center.
"Seriously, though, we've operated at a loss, but we've also been working to get out of that situation for the past several months," he added.Valley has downsized and reduced expenses.They now hope the pot of money they get annually from the state for indigent care will actually cover their costs."We'll be able to operate the next fiscal year in the black," Lilley said.Deaf Education and Advocacy Focus of West Virginia lost money in 1999 and 2000.
The behavioral health centers have not fared much differently, added Lilley, Valley's CEO.Medicaid, health insurance for the poor, has in the last year drastically reduced the kind of behavioral health services it would reimburse, for example. "Other directors I've talked to in the state of West Virginia are severely concerned about the state of mental health care in the state of West Virginia," he said.State Department of Health and Human Resources officials have fronted thousands of dollars to the agencies now caring for Shawnee Hills clients.
Manchin budget addresses mental health care needs - - The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register
George Lilley, president of the West Virginia Behavioral Health Care Providers Association, is thrilled with Manchin's proposals and says all are necessary expenditures.
But more is needed.The rates the state pays behavioral health care providers have not changed in more than 10 years, although the consumer price index for those services nationally has increased 50 percent, Lilley said.
"If some of the rates in Medicaid could be increased, the foundations of the community system could be improved," Lilley said.
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