Our second summer through the pandemic is coming to a close. I am in awe of how your organizations enabled uninterrupted care to those we serve through the significant challenges these times have placed on the behavioral health community. From shifting quickly to telehealth, launching community pop-up clinics, and increasing food bank donations while also prioritizing the mental health of your staff, you have worked tirelessly to deliver on your commitments.
That is why I am excited to join DSAMH as their director and continue supporting your teams in providing seamless access to appropriate behavioral care that is both advanced and client-focused. In my former role at the Department of Correction, I partnered with many of you in caring for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. I'm proud to continue that work in my new capacity and work with your teams in a different context. Thank you for participating in DTRN, one of many resources that have made navigating this new environment a little bit easier. Everything we accomplish is powered by you!
~Joanna Champney, DSAMH Director