Staley named Chief Medical Officer
Ozark Guidance CEO Cynthia Curatalo announced Randy Staley, MD as the community mental health center’s new Chief Medical Officer. A native Arkansan, Staley earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. At the University of Kentucky in Lexington Dr. Staley completed a five-year combination residency in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and pediatrics. He is board certified in general psychiatry and professionally affiliated with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Arkansas Medical Society.
“Since joining Ozark Guidance in 2010, Dr. Staley has demonstrated proven leadership qualities while championing the best care for our clients,” Curatalo said. “His vision and enthusiasm aptly lend themselves to the creation of new programs for our clients, such as the ADHD specialty clinic in Bentonville.”
Doing Good—ADHD Specialty Clinic
Doing Good - Therapeutic Foster Care Program
Ozark Guidance is pleased to announce that Dr. Randy Staley has accepted the position of Associate Chief Medical Officer with Ozark Guidance. Dr. Staley joined the Ozark Guidance team three years ago as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.
“Dr. Staley’s expertise in child and adolescent psychiatry, general psychiatry and pediatrics have been a wonderful resource and support for the work we are doing and I believe will prove to be even more valuable in his new leadership role,” Dr. Lance Foster, Ozark Guidance Chief Medical Officer, said.
Dr. Staley is board eligible in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine in Little Rock. He completed his residency training in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. He served as chief resident in his final year of training. Dr. Staley is professionally affiliated with the American Medical Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Staley’s new role will include supervising advanced practice nurses and psychiatric residents, supporting training and education throughout the center, taking a lead role as liaison to the medical community of Northwest Arkansas and continued clinical work in our child and adult division.
The Ozark Guidance mission is saving and changing lives by providing compassionate, quality mental health services. Ozark Guidance is a local non-profit community mental health center that serves over 14,500 Northwest Arkansas residents including 4,800 children each year. Comprehensive mental health services are available for adults and children at clinics located in Bentonville, Berryville, Huntsville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and Siloam Springs. For information call Staci Clinkscales 479-750-2020 or visit the web site at www.ozarkguidance.org.
A Breakdown Next Door
From the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Sunday, August 30, 2009:
JULIA ROBINSON SHIMIZU IN THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
A week ago, my husband and I spent the day knocking on doors and apologizing to our neighbors. The night before, I had called 911 for an ambulance to transport our schizophrenic son to the hospital. Again. He didn’t want to go. Again.
He pushed me away from the phone and began raging at the 911 operator as we ran from the house. Almost immediately, there were two police officers on our front lawn. Our son stood in the kitchen, shouting at them to leave. They called for backup; four, then six officers on the front lawn. Patrol cars blocked traffic on the narrow street in front of our North Hollywood, Calif., home. Our son called 911 again, screaming, shouting: “There are police officers here, make them go away!”
I tried to reason with the police: “We just need an ambulance.” But by this time, it was out of my hands. Two more officers arrived and ordered me to the edge of my yard, away from the view of the kitchen window. Another pair of officers pulled me aside, asking me what had happened. “I called an ambulance,” I said, watching two more officers stride across the brown lawn. One, her dark hair pulled back in a tight bun, carried a shotgun wrapped in what looked like bright green cloth. She paused to smile at me, “Just bean bags, not lethal,” and stood at the ready under the mulberry tree.
We have been through this so many times before. We’ve heard all the arguments from well-meaning people about how Big Pharma is bad and that we should try diet or therapy or other things. But from here in the mental health trenches, the reality is very simple. When our son takes his prescribed psychotropic medications, no one would ever suspect the depth of his illness. But when he is off his meds, he is unable to eat, sleep, bathe or make sense. He is overtaken by delusions: The Red Hot Chili Peppers have used his name without his permission; sitting on his guitar case is the same as playing the guitar. He regularly becomes violent when we suggest he should resume his medication or stop smoking pot. Oh, yes, pot. Research has shown that marijuana use is toxic to schizophrenics, that it exacerbates psychosis. It was an astounding surprise to me that marijuana could be so dangerous.
As more and more officers arrived, my cell phone rang. Our son. I held the phone away from my ear so my husband and I could both hear it. “How could you do this to me? I hate you! Stop being my mom!”
There was still no ambulance, but now officers had pulled the screen from the dining room window and climbed inside. There were shouts, thumping and thrashing as they tackled our son. Four officers carried him down the front steps, howling and spitting. They pulled a hood over his head, handcuffed him, hobbled him with an ankle leash of thick webbed nylon and set him on the curb.
This is his sixth hospitalization in less than a year and comes just eight days after his previous discharge. At 24, he is no longer covered by our insurance, but this may be to his advantage. We’ve been told he can now access services through the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and we’re hopeful there may be more options for him now.
With severe mental illness, nothing is certain. Except that we owed our neighbors an apology for the disruption. It felt odd, standing on doorsteps of neighbors we hardly know, telling them we were sorry. All those who answered their doors were quick to wave our apology away: “No, no, no problem.”
We were hesitant to share our story with our neighbors, but giving up the pretense of privacy offers us a chance to be free of the burden and shame of this mystifying illness. By being open, we may even be able to help someone. Our letter to our neighbors included information about NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an all-volunteer grass-roots organization dedicated to helping individuals and families living with mental illness.
Our odyssey has taught us many things, but none more important than these: Mental illness is no one’s fault. Treatment works. There is hope.
Octogenarian Just Refuses to Quit
SPOTLIGHT NANCY McVEY : Octogenarian just refuses to quit
Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe compared mental illness to a butterfly's metamorphosis on Friday.
"Those who suffer with mental illness struggle to be free, much like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon," she said. "They struggle for a diagnosis, and they struggle to find a facility that can treat them. But once they find that treatment, they emerge more beautiful than before." Beebe served as keynote speaker during Ozark Guidance's second annual Butterfly Festival. The event takes place each May, as a culmination to Mental Health Month. This year's butterfly release took place at the Gerald and Vicki Harp Park on the Springdale main campus.
"It's important for us all to remember why we're here today," said master of ceremonies Jennifer Irwin, of radio station Magic 107.9. "One in five people will experience mental illness. It's a disease that affects more people than cancer, diabetes and heart disease." According to Irwin, mental illness ranks as the No. 1 reason for hospital admissions nationwide.
Friday's event, dubbed "Metamorphosis: Freedom Through Mental Health," featured the release of more than 500 monarch butterflies. The release signified the thousands of Northwest Arkansas residents living with mental illness who have hope for a better future. Specifically, the butterflies represented those being treated with mental illness, those struggling with the disease, those who care for the mentally ill, and those who've lost their lives.
"People with mental illness suffer every day," Irwin said. "Unfortunately, it's a disease that has negative stigma in society. This is a time to not only reflect on the lives that are broken or lost, but also a time to recognized those who've recovered." In honor of Mental Health Month this year, Ozark Guidance has launched the Live Your Life Well campaign to provide people with specific, research-based tools that can combat stress and promote health and wellbeing.
"We don't have enough facilities in our state to treat those affected with mental illness," Beebe said. "Northwest Arkansas is very lucky to have Ozark Guidance. It helps those suffering emerge from their cocoonlike state to go on living long, wonderful lives." Beebe, who's known for being a mental health advocate in Arkansas, named Ozark Guidance as the largest mental health facility the state. "Mental illness is a disease, and it needs to be talked about," she said. "We need to raise as much funding and awareness as we can."
Located at 2400 S. 48th St. in Springdale, Ozark Guidance is a nonprofit, private community mental health center with satellite offices in Bentonville, Berryville, Fayetteville, Huntsville and Siloam Springs. The facility treats those suffering with mental illness through a variety of treatments, including individual counseling, education and rehabilitation.
Butterflies released during Friday's ceremony were available for purchase through the Ozark Guidance Foundation. Proceeds will benefit children's mental health services in Northwest Arkansas.
Jenkins Celebrates 35 Years of Service
From the Siloam Springs Herald, October 12, 2008
- Heart patients are three times more likely than others to be depressed
- Only half of heart doctors say they treat depression in their patients
- Depression can result in poorer outcomes and a poorer quality of life
- AHA panel recommends asking heart patients two questions to screen them
Read the full story on cnn.com: http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/09/29/heart.patients.depression.ap/index.html
Vorsanger Honored by Mental Health Council
On Tuesday, August 12, at the annual Mental Health Council of Arkansas convention in Hot Springs, Fred Vorsanger was honored for his years of dedicated service to the needs of persons with mental illness in Northwest Arkansas.
For many years, Vorsanger has been committed to the growth and continued financial success of Ozark Guidance. Under his leadership, the Ozark Guidance Foundation grew to a permanent endowment in excess of $3 million and there are partially restricted foundation funds in excess of $1 million. He was instrumental in the growth of these funds through his personal efforts and diligence in communicating and working with local donors and family foundations in Northwest Arkansas.
During his tenure on the Ozark Guidance Foundation Board, Vorsanger contributed countless volunteer hours hosting Foundation fundraising events, such as golf tournaments, dinners, and most recently a successful butterfly release. He is willing to do whatever it takes to help the Foundation remain strong so that it furthers the mission of the Ozark Guidance. Under his leadership on the endowment fund committee, a portion of the endowment earnings are added to the Ozark Guidance operating budget each year in an effort to promote and retain the vital mental services needed for the clients and families served by Ozark Guidance.
The Board of Directors and the staff of Ozark Guidance are extremely proud that the Mental Health Council of Arkansas awarded its 2008 Community Service Award to Fred Vorsanger for his dedication and unselfish commitment to the residents of our Northwest Arkansas.
Vorsanger is a Vice President Emeritus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and currently is the arena administrator for the Bud Walton Arena. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ozark Guidance from 1990 to 1994. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ozark Guidance Foundation since 1994, and currently holds the position of Board Chair. He served as Vice Chair of the Foundation Board starting in 1995, and has served as Chair for the last six years.
Vorsanger has been a tireless supporter of the University of Arkansas, its students, and the broader community of Northwest Arkansas. He served as Mayor of Fayetteville and as President of the Fayetteville Rotary, as well as District Governor of the Rotary District, which encompasses Northwest Arkansas.
Estrogen May Ease Schizophrenia in Women
8/4/08: CHICAGO (Reuters) - Adding estrogen to routine medication helped reduce the number of psychotic symptoms in women with schizophrenia, researchers said on Monday.