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CHFS Secretary, Medicaid Commissioner Honored by Arc of Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vikki Franklin or Beth Crace, (502) 564-6786  


Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell and Medicaid Commissioner Shannon R. Turner were honored recently by the Arc of Kentucky, receiving organization’s prestigious Ronald J. Cutter Professional Service Award.

The honor is presented annually at Arc’s conference in Frankfort to recognize those who have provided significant support and services that have contributed to the development of individuals with mental retardation and other related disabilities.

“Shannon and I were humbled to receive the Ronald J. Cutter Professional Service Award. The honor was designed to recognize those who carry on the work of Cutter himself, who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Kentuckians with mental retardation and disabilities,” said Birdwhistell. “We remain dedicated to fulfilling this role.”

Birdwhistell and Turner were chosen for their commitment to the new Medicaid programs that are expected to be life-changing for individuals with disabilities. These programs affect individuals on the SCL, ABI and CBS programs and will enable these individuals to become independent, self-reliant and increase their personal freedom.

“We have spent a great amount of time making changes to the state’s Medicaid system in order to better serve these communities and improve the quality of life of Medicaid recipients,” said Turner. “It has been a process that has required much review and careful consideration. I am particularly honored to receive an award in recognition of the work Kentucky Medicaid has done to improve health care programs for people with mental retardation and disabilities.” 

The Arc of Kentucky is a statewide advocacy, volunteer organization that is dedicated to attaining and ensuring a better life for Kentuckians with mental retardation and other related disabilities and their families. 

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Last Updated 5/12/2006