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Oakwood Task Force Concludes Work Report to House Bill 144 Commission Indicates Continuing Improvement

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, December 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Vikki Franklin (502)564-6786  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2006) The Oakwood Task Force concluded its work with a report at yesterday's meeting of the House Bill 144 Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell thanked task force members for their important contribution to planning the future of the Communities at Oakwood.

"The commitment and hard work of this group provided vital input during a time of great importance for the future of Oakwood," said Secretary Birdwhistell. "The task force was instrumental in helping us quickly develop and implement a major strategy change that is now putting Oakwood on the path to stability, safety and quality care for its residents."

            The nine-member task force was a subcommittee of the House Bill 144 Commission.

            The Commission also received an update on the transition of Oakwood to management by the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board – a Kentucky-based, non-profit organization.

"We still have much work to do to make Oakwood what we all want it to be," said Joseph A. Toy, president/CEO of Bluegrass. "Our progress so far, however, has created positive change for the residents and staff at the facility, and we are focused every day on continuing that progress."

The Communities at Oakwood is a state-operated facility in Somerset serving people with mental retardation.






Last Updated 12/6/2006