Shawnee board elects officers, recognizes retiree

Portsmouth, OH – November 14, 2013 - The Board of Directors of Shawnee Mental Health Center, Inc. held its annual election of officers for the November 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014 term. Ronald B. Lynch was elected to serve as Chairperson. He is a resident of Adams County and is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Paige Robbins was elected to serve as Vice Chair. She is a resident of Scioto County and is the Director of Scioto County Department of Job and Family Services. Jeff Gaskin was elected to serve as Secretary. He is a resident of Lawrence County and is an EMT with Lawrence County EMS and served on the South Point Village Council. Linda “Lou” Carter was elected to serve as Treasurer.

Shawnee Mental Health selected as one of the first health homes in Ohio

Shawnee has been designated as a Medicaid health home by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. A health home is composed of teams of professionals working together with the client and family to help people with mental illness achieve optimum health.

Studies show that people with mental illness have a shorter life and die on average approximately 25 years earlier than people without serious mental illness. Physical health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, are common for people with serious and persistent mental illness and are factors related to this early mortality. These conditions, often worsened by medications taken to treat mental illness, are preventable when care providers treat the whole person instead of a particular illness.

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