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Professional Care Services Appoints New CEO

Star Staff ReportBUS hendrix article

The Board of Directors of Professional Care Services of West TN, Inc. appoints Rebecca W. Hendrix of Ripley as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.  Becky joined PCS in June 2000 and has served as Director of Operations and Director of Fiscal Services.  Becky brings a diverse background and wealth of knowledge as the new Executive Director.  She is a certified public accountant and graduate of Mississippi University for Women.
PCS is a non-profit community mental health agency providing outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse services to children and adults throughout five rural counties in West Tennessee- Tipton, Lauderdale, Haywood, Dyer, and Fayette- and operates six offices in the following locations: Covington, Ripley, Somerville, Millington, Brownsville, and Dyersburg.  With a staff of 165 dedicated professionals that consist of adult and child psychiatrists, behavioral health nurses, case managers, clinical therapists, pharmacists, and administrative and support personnel, PCS system-wide annually treats over 6,500 people for a wide variety of psychological, emotional, behavioral and substance-related conditions and disorders.
Additionally, PCS provides targeted school-based programs such as Choices and BASIC (Basic Attitude and Skills in Children) curriculum to elementary school children and other at-risk youth to prevent alcohol and drug use; operates Peer Support Centers in Ripley and Somerville for adult mental health consumers who are recovering from a severe and persistent mental illness; and operates Supervised Residential Facilities for mental health consumers who are in need of transitional housing.
PCS plays an essential role in treating behavioral health and substance abuse services in our local communities and a key part of treatment is to educate the consumer and the general public.  It is important for our local communities to know the facts of behavioral health disorders.  One of the best ways you can help someone with a behavioral health disorder is by understanding what it is — and what it isn’t. After all, myths about behavioral health disorders contribute to stigma, which in turn prevents those who are living with one from seeking help. The fact is, a behavioral health disorder is a medical condition — and 1 in 6 adults lives with a behavioral health disorder including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia. As is true for most diseases of the body, behavioral health disorders have many causes- from genetics to other biological and environmental factors- and effective, early intervention and treatment is critical in helping to prevent more serious and lasting illness.  And most importantly, behavioral health conditions and disorders are treatable.  The benefits of medication and psychosocial therapies are well established and documented, allowing those who live with a behavioral health disorder or condition an opportunity to engage in a full, productive, and meaningful life.
For more information about PCS and how to contact us, please visit our website: www.pcswtn.org.

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