Health and Family Services Cabinet
MHMR Commissioner Slated for National Summit
FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 27, 2005) – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced today the selection of Pat W. Wear II, commissioner for the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services (DMHMRS), to be a key presenter at the prestigious American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) CEO Summit being held in Washington, D.C., today and Tuesday. Wear is the only state level administrator invited to speak at this symposium.
Wear, known nationally as a strong advocate for individuals with disabilities, said he was honored to be the sole state representative. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to participate in this dialogue,” said Wear. “This Summit will allow national leaders the opportunity to discuss and develop new ideas and creative solutions as we work toward excellence in the services we provide. It is my hope that those ideas and solutions will ultimately lead toward the development of significant public policy at both the federal and state level that will greatly improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.”
ANCOR is a national network of private providers of supports and services to people with disabilities. Calling for a need to “think to the future,” ANCOR’s leaders have created a panel of national experts and leaders to share their perspectives on how the disability field and resulting funding supports are evolving. Other notable speakers include: Dr. Mark McClellan, administrator at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Matt Sal of the National Governor’s Association; and Steve Eidleman, executive director of the ARC of the United States.
The invitation-only event seeks to establish a proactive dialogue between national leaders to reframe the context, refocus national debate and put forward clear ideas and concepts regarding long-term care, Medicaid reform and service delivery improvement and innovation.