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Posted on: January 9, 2018

Staffing changes at Calumet, Jergens and Northview

As the Board continues the process of phasing out its Calumet and Jergens Center facilities, it is important to note that staff will change:

  • Calumet Center will be led by Joellen Heatherly, formerly Division Manager, MCBDDS Liberty Center, and Jeff Drakes, formerly with Employment Service, will become Production Supervisor.
  • Jergens Center will continue to be led by Mary Bignell, and Rob Eldridge will move from Kuntz to serve as Jergens's Program Services Supervisor.
  • Northview will continue to be led by Blaise Hirth, and Jacki Carlson will continue as Program Services Supervisor.  Joseph Diala will move from Kuntz to become Northview's Production Supervisor.

It is important to note that everyone attending Calumet and Jergens will need to transition to private providers soon.  Individuals will have the Board's support as they begin their search.  Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) can help individuals what kinds of programs and services different community providers offer, and set up visits so you can see what they are like.

If individuals don't know who their SSA is, it is important that you call 937-837-9200 and ask for help as soon as possible, because looking for a new provider takes time.  Individuals can also work with their habilitation specialist to begin researching which provider could be the right fit for them.

We have created some tools to help individuals in their search for a new provider.  These tools include:

  • Videos of different providers' programs, which individuals can find by entering goo.gl/KxPACM in their web browser (Please note:  They will need to type address in exactly as they see it, including all characters and capital and lowercase letters.)
  • A map that shows where all providers are located:  https://www.mcbdds.org/providermap
  • A Provider Profiles document that gives an overview of each provider's services:  https://www.mcbdds.org/594/Provider-Profiles
  • A Provider Evaluation Tool that helps individuals compare different providers' services and programs, from foodservice to nursing:  https://www.mcbdds.org/providerevaluationtool


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