Staff Caught Being Victors – October 2016
We want to acknowledge the clinical team for the excellent job they did for the month. We were 100% compliant for the month with reports. All sessions were completed and behaviors were responded to. That’s Stevenson, Watkins, Gillis, Williams, Howell, Collins, Chesson, Byrd, Shaw, Anderson, Brooks, Grew, Dicks, Thompson, Walker, and Davis.
Thanks to Mr. Wilson and Mr. Williams for supervising the building on the weekends and keeping the number of incidents low.
Congrats to Larry Burton on his promotion from SST to Team Manager.
– Troy Mitchell, Facility Manager WSTC
Thanks to all that did the behind the scenes work at the state of the agency. The even t went very smoothly and we had a great showing of staff and WHS supporters. Congrats to all the award winners and the years of service recipients!
The holiday season is coming so please remember to be a little more patient and a little kinder to our clients as many won’t be home for the holidays which can be depressive for some.
A big thanks to the medical departments at WSTC and Vassar Campus. Your hard work and dedication is highly appreciated. We have been short a couple positions but your team work is keeping us moving. Please welcome the new RN in Vassar, Debbie Shamel. We are excited t have her join the team.
We just finished evaluating the last fiscal year’s data. The data reflects a great year of service to our clients. Injuries were down, restraints reduced in 4 of 6 residential programs, we revised the clinical teams to improve service delivery, expanded training topics to serve our specialized populations and introduced new treatment options for Michigan’s children and families. These are just a few of many things we accomplished in residential services. I would like to thank ALL for the dedication and commitment to helping serve our mission of “helping children to become victors’.
–Derrick Mccree, MSW, Senior Vice President
Shannon Bush would like to recognize Lori Smith (Community Liaison) and Ashanti Murdock (Licensing Worker) for their diligence in working with applicants becoming foster parents. “I had a home visit with a new traditional applicant family and they had a lot of nice things to say about Wolverine. They told me that they really enjoyed working with Lori and that she helped guide them through the process and explained the rules/procedures well. They also said they LOVED their PRIDE classes with Ashanti and left each class with a different perspective about birth parents, foster care, etc. They said Ashanti did a really good job with giving them a realistic view of what to expect from foster parents and feel much more prepared than when they first inquired. Having such a great introduction to Wolverine provides the foundation for a smooth transition to other departments (licensing, foster care, adoptions).”
Amy Miller wishes to recognize Aimee Johnson due to her amazing job with a relative assessment in order to place a child in the home. “She worked so quickly and diligently to make this placement happen. The relatives had nothing but positive things to say about her as well. Thank you to Aimee for helping make such a great placement happen with such efficiency!!!”
Jenna Toolin would like to recognize Shelby Hodges and all of her hard work. “She assisted with audit prep in the last few weeks and did a fantastic job. She worked long hours and always kept a smile on her face. Shelby was a huge help and along with assisting with audit prep, she completed all of her assigned tasks in a timely manner and also assisted other departments with needed tasks. I am very happy to have Shelby a part of the Licensing and CBP team!”
The CBP Staff of the Month Nominations
I would like to nominate Natalie Jerore. She has been an amazing team member for all departments. She has covered court hearings, completed an intake for a new FC client, and has been an overall fantastic worker!! Her reports are always early and she never complains!! (Jennifer Keller)
I recommend Cheryl Stewart. Her attitude has been impeccable. She has really shown a lot of patience and growth. Her compliance with service plans has been at 100% for several months ongoing. She currently is carrying a caseload of 18 active cases, and never complains. Even with a caseload of 18, Cheryl is offering to assist her peers with tasks that are needed. (Ann, Jessica, Lynne)
– Community Based Department
Jillian Frenzke for taking other clients to court when needed, staying over to get the job done and meeting the needs of our client’s in crisis.
La Toya Burnside for good customer services with the CMO’s and communicating information effectively
Jeffrey Smith for holding clients accountable and being a good role model
Congratulations again to Beth Smith for Staff of the Year at CFC
Ryan Esterline for keeping a high expectation for his clients and role modeling for other staff.
David Covey for putting energy into training new staff, to get them started in a positive direction
Michael Davis for helping out and covering for shifts that no one else was available
Congratulations to Daniel Stenback on the birth of your baby girl.
Congratulation to Ryan Esterline on the adoption finalization of your daughter.
– Kevin Voss, Program Supervisor CFC
A big thank you to Bob Parker, Louis Johnson, Todd Averill and Velvet Stuckey for moving an enormous amount of donated furniture to our programs, your time and effort is greatly appreciated.
Please thank Mr. Willie Lytle and Mr. Eric Mueller for wisely preventing a client from witnessing a very traumatic vehicle fatal auto accident on the expressway.
With their quick action and kind and upbeat techniques, they certainly kept our client from needless trauma.
– Paul Whitney, Director of Facilities and Operations
WGRC would like to welcome all the new staff to the team at WGRC. This is an exciting time with so many new employees joining the team throughout the month of October. WGRC looks forward to assisting all new and current staff grow professionally.
WGRC would like to thank Mr. Murrell for picking up a hospital run during the month, requiring him to spend all night and into the next afternoon with a client in the hospital.
Mr. Rittenberg has continued to provide exceptional services to the Phoenix unit at WGRC and has joined the CBT Implementation Team during the month of October. He has demonstrated an investment in implementing CBT across WHS. Mr. Rittenberg has also helped the group as they have had a number of changes in their treatment team over the past month and maintained stability in the group.
WGRC wants to thank all staff that have assisted in picking up overtime hours across the camp and across all shifts. Your dedication to the clients is recognized and greatly appreciated. Congratulations to Mr. Moore on his promotion to Safety and Support Team at WGRC in the month of October.
WGRC would like to thank Mr. Murrell and Mr. Dickerson for picking up a hospital run during the month, requiring them to cover multiple hours while still being available for their scheduled shifts.
– Justin Cochrane, BA, CADC, Program Supervisor WGRC
I want to give a big shout out to the all staff at Vassar House. We reduced our physical management numbers for the fiscal year by 50%. Continue to keep up the good work de-escalating clients in crisis.
– Scott Forbes, Program Manager Vassar House
Thank you Mr. Rittenberg (WGRC) for going the extra mile by being a implementation team member of the Motivators! I appreciate the step up and volunteering for work in our most recent team meeting. Your motivation will help motivate others on our Motivators team and programs.
Nice job and we’ re excited that you joined us.
– Katrina Brock, Director of Quality and Clinical Care
Ms. Wright has done an excellent job dealing with a client that has personal issue that needs support. She has been very supportive to the client and other staff with dealing with this issue.
Ms. Smith is doing really well with learning the program, as well as being an example to staff and clients. She’s been with the agency about 6 months and has shown to be a quick learner.
Mr. Miles continues to set the tone with his staffing team as well as with our youth.
– Josh Kennard, Program Supervisor PWLC
Jeff Lee for helping to get needed items for facility and clients daily.
Robert Cooper for going the extra mile to help with getting special need client ready for school each morning.
Demetrick Gray for taking personal time out of his schedule to cut clients hair on a daily basis.
Mark Snow for helping daily with facility appearance.
– Carmen Bland, Program Manager Wolverine Center