Mental-health agency has best interests at heart
I have worked on the front lines for Bluegrass Regional Mental Health for the past two years. My co-workers truly have a heart for their clients, work long hours and rarely complain. We work with the population that has been forgotten. We work with families to help them comprehend and support their loved ones. We took on Eastern State Hospital and Oakwood when no one else would and have done our best on a shoestring budget to provide quality service.
Our board members volunteer their time to oversee the business aspect of our non-profit. Chief executive Shannon Ware has worked with Bluegrass over 20 years. Ware and the board work together to ensure the big picture is managed successfully. I have utmost faith they are working for the best interest of the agency and will make sound decisions.
Is this agency perfect, without flaw? I believe the state auditor's report will reflect that there is nothing to hide. With a staff of over 2,000 there are bound to be a few disgruntled ex-employees.
Shouldn't we be looking at the more pressing issues, like the new Medicaid managed care organizations? They are demanding prior authorizations for services and medications that are established and then denying services.
Also, I find it interesting this publicity about the board executives has been "uncovered" at the same time the contract for Eastern State is due. Could it be other parties are interested in this contract and wish to cast a negative light on the board? Interesting.
Karen Zamora, CSW
Oakwood tops in care
I write in support of the management and staff of Bluegrass Oakwood, an intermediate care facility for individuals with mental retardation (ICF/MR) at Somerset. When the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board assumed control of Oakwood on Nov. 1, 2006, the facility was in jeopardy of losing Medicaid funding.
Since Bluegrass has managed Bluegrass Oakwood a remarkable transition has taken place. On April 30, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice court monitor stated that Bluegrass Oakwood was in full compliance with the court-ordered strategic action plan. He went on to say that Bluegrass Oakwood is one of the best, if not the best, ICF/MRs in the country.
Have these almost six years gone by without missteps? Has Bluegrass achieved this success without aid from others? The answer to both questions is, "no." Missteps were corrected. Gov. Steve Beshear's administration and the legislature have played key roles as well.
As a parent of a profoundly intellectually and developmentally disabled son who is fragile, vulnerable and unable to speak for himself, I want the very best care for our son that he is eligible to receive. Bluegrass provides that care day in and day out, three shifts per day, 365 days per year.
I, too, watched the interview with Sam Dick and John Calipari on WKYT-TV and agree with a recent letter writer: Wonderful interview, but, oh, the silly expression on Sam Dick's face.
Sam needs to review the film and ask himself, "What was I thinking?"
No brickbats this time; just a well-deserved bouquet.
I saw Smoke on the Mountain at the Woodford Theatre one Friday night and went back to catch the final show. It is one of the most wonderful, toe-tapping, hysterically funny and beautifully voiced musicals I have ever seen.
Loving all live theater, I have supported most groups in this area for years. Recently, I discovered the terrific group in Versailles. Smoke on the Mountain may be produced by other groups in the near future.
If you're looking for a delightful two hours of bluegrass gospel and high jinx from a 1930s small community church, go.
Susan V. Bonner
This is a church
Jesus Christ is our beginning and our end. The Community Inn is founded by God, through God's people, the Catholic Action Center partnered with Emmanuel Apostolic Church.
I believe the Community Inn is biblically and technically a church.
Pastors and reverends come several times through the week to minister to us with the good news of Jesus Christ. They preach sermons, teach Bible studies, and we pray in the upper room.
The Community Inn invites in strangers, serves food and drink, and provides a nurse for the sick. The Catholic Action Center along with the churches also contribute to feed and clothe the homeless and disadvantaged.
God's people of the church are to open their hearts to God's love, the great commandments of God's covenant of love: To love and serve God, and to love and serve our neighbor.
We're living in such social decay today. For some of us, this is the only God or love we know.
I want to voice my appreciation for letters written by Donald G. McPherson of Nicholasville and Marie Garland of Danville in answer to the April 26 letter blaming teen pregnancies on religion.
When I read the latter letter, I was both amused and disgusted. I did not have an appropriate reply but it stayed on my mind. I wish someone could explain to me why people who do not know Jesus Christ want others to disclaim him. I am truly sorry for them. The Bible states, "And if you search for him with all your heart and soul" (not intellect) "you will find him."
In regards to the original letter, I could only see ignorance. I thought McPherson and Garland had fitting replies and I am grateful to them.
Deeds, not words
In response to the "Jesus mum on gays" letter to the editor, it was clever that the writer said Jesus was mum on gays, but be assured, there are several biblical references about homosexuality.
As a Christian, I find homosexuals, generally, to be peaceful and sensitive individuals, but I believe they are misguided and, if acting upon their homosexual inclinations, the Bible states they are asking for trouble.
So, don't think Jesus is giving homosexuals an "OK" to practice their homosexual inclinations, because sooner or later, they will have to give an accounting of their behavior.
I would like to respectfully respond to a June letter stating that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality. I don't think Jesus ever mentioned the killing of unborn babies in the womb or pornography either, but that doesn't mean he approved of either.
It seems to me that the layoffs at the University of Kentucky are an opportunity to encourage former employees to start their own companies and encourage them to contract with UK and others.