Glenwood’s President and CEO Announces Retirement

Deborah “Lee” Yount, who has been Glenwood, Inc.’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 1981, has announced her retirement from the position effective January 17, 2020. She will continue in a consulting and advisory role through a transition period. Glenwood Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Oliver will replace Yount as Chief Executive Officer.

Lee Yount

Ken Oliver

Glenwood has grown from serving 18 individuals in 1974 to touching the lives of more than 10,000 families annually between the ages of 18 months to elderly adults. The private nonprofit organization started by a small group of community leaders with a commitment to providing treatment, education and research in the area of children’s mental health has grown into one of the largest nonprofit behavioral health centers in Alabama.

“Glenwood is known for its work with severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children and its expertise in autism spectrum disorder,” said Glenwood Board Chair Philip Young. “Lee is a true servant leader who has made a significant impact on mental health issues in our state. The growth over the past 38 years is astounding, and Lee has led that. When she started 1 in 10,000 people were being diagnosed with autism. Today 20 percent of school children will be diagnosed with mental health disorders, and 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with the autism. We are really fortunate to have had her at the helm of this important work.”

Oliver joined Glenwood in 2013 after more than 25 years in senior positions with health care entities, most recently with one of the largest, private nonprofit organizations in the country. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Tennessee and has a graduate degree in health care administration from UAB.

ABOUT GLENWOOD:

Glenwood leads the state of Alabama in providing behavioral health care and educational services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and severe emotional disturbances. Services are provided in a least restrictive setting, through a continuum of care, with the highest respect for individuals and families served. In addition to direct care services, Glenwood provides consultation and training for mental health and educational professionals. Glenwood, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more information on visit Glenwood.org.

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Connections newsletter is now available

The latest Glenwood newsletter is out. Click here to read the entire newsletter. Read the cover story below. 

Glenwood Expands Services and Location

A ribbon was recently cut for the newly named Mallie M. Ireland Building, marking the official celebration for and completion of Glenwood, Inc.’s $10 million capital campaign.

Thanks to the success of Renowned Care, Renewed Hope: Campaign for Glenwood, three buildings in the Avondale area of Birmingham were purchased and renovated to provide easier access to people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other mental health concerns.

Glenwood began services at the Avondale campus in October 2018 with the opening of the Children’s Center in the Mallie M. Ireland Building. The Children’s Center offers intense Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy, along with Speech and Occupational therapies, to prepare young children for school. ABA is one of the most successful therapies for children with ASD. The Center also offers family support and education sessions.

Glenwood plans to seek funding for a simulation classroom, where graduates of ABA therapy can prepare for inclusive learning settings. This classroom would also provide excellent on-site training for teachers and healthcare professionals across Alabama. The Center plans to serve as a training site for area universities.

The Avondale Outpatient Center opened in June 2019 to provide the best in diagnostic, psychiatric and behavior therapy. The Outpatient Clinic provides professional analysis and compassionate direction to families in need of diagnostic services. The first step is a Diagnostic Assessment with an individualized therapy plan presented to each family that includes recommendations for intervention and specialized therapies. Early intervention is proven to improve outcomes for children on the autism spectrum.
In addition to the new Avondale campus, Glenwood has expanded services in Birmingham and Huntsville through Journey Academy, a center for adults with ASD to prepare for employment. Residential facilities for children and adults have also been acquired and/or renovated, both on campus and in the community.

All of this was made possible through the generous donors to the campaign. It has opened doors to new opportunities and Glenwood is now in the beginning stages of creating a year-round art program for education and recreation purposes, as well as creating a Center for art and other extracurricular activities to be offered in the future. (See story ART FOR AUTISM).

Philip Young, Glenwood Board of Directors Chair and Campaign Co-Chair says, “Glenwood is determined to provide the best services to the most people possible. Congratulations to all who participated in making HOPE HAPPEN!”

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Glenwood Art Show in October

Glenwood is hosting our first art show presenting art created by individuals we serve. Under the direction of Glenwood Director Joe Carter, the artists have created beautiful and memorable art. 

Join us on Thursday, October 10, 4:30-6:30 pm at the Forstall Art Center, 215 20th Street N, Birmingham, Al 35203. This reception will also honor Joe Carter as he retires from almost 40 years at Glenwood.

In recognition of October being National Disability Employment Awareness month, the art will be exhibited and sold the entire month at Kessler Lofts, 1926 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, 35203.

All are welcome, and we hope you will come out to enjoy this wonderful exhibit. A percentage of sales will benefit the artists. For more information or to RSVP, contact Meredith Colquitt, mcolquitt@glenwood.org or 205-795-3268.

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Glenwood Announces Grand Opening in Avondale

Thursday, April 11, 2019, will mark the official grand gpening and celebration for Glenwood, Inc.’s completion of a $10 million capital campaign and new Avondale campus.

Glenwood purchased three properties in 2017 for renovation and use for education and therapeutic services in the Avondale area of Birmingham. The acquisition was part of the capital campaign, Renowned Care, Renewed Hope: Campaign for Glenwood. On April 11, tours will be offered of the buildings, and valet parking will be available at 608 38th Street South.

Glenwood’s Children’s Center opened in October 2018. Here, intense Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is offered, which is beneficial to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and others. Across the alleyway is now Glenwood’s Administration Building. Next door, the third building plans to open in May as the headquarters for Glenwood’s Outpatient Services. This building provides rooms for evaluations and diagnoses of mental health concerns including autism, along with many clinician’s offices. In addition, speech and occupational therapies, family education and social skills training will be offered from Avondale. This campus adds to Glenwood’s presence with locations in Huntsville, Montgomery, and the main campus at 150 Glenwood Lane, Birmingham, AL.

“Thanks to generous donors, Glenwood will be able to officially open two important buildings, adding to its programs and services. Thursday, April 11, Glenwood’s Board of Directors will officially present to the community the new Children’s Center, named the Mallie M. Ireland Building, with a ribbon cutting and comments at 4:30 p.m. Tours of all three buildings will be available with another ribbon cutting taking place at 5:15 p.m.,” says D. Lee Yount, FACHE, Glenwood’s President and CEO.

“Just around the corner from our Children’s Center, our new Outpatient Center will be dedicated at 5:15 p.m. So, on April 11, we are actually celebrating a successful campaign that helped us grow, the opening of two buildings and the addition of some very important and growing components of Glenwood’s continuum of care, with two separate ribbon cuttings. We know that to help the most people, we need to be easily accessible to the most people. We are delighted to be near the heart of Birmingham and in the beautiful neighborhood of Avondale. And we still have space for future growth here. We are celebrating that, too,” said Yount.

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Glenwood Endowed Lecture at UAB

Approaches For Students Who Present Complex Challenges

Students on the autism spectrum with co-occurring mental health & behavioral issues can present challenges to those who interact with them. Cathy Pratt, BCBA-D, Director of Indiana Resource Center for Autism, will discuss the issues faced by Indiana, strategies used to create systems, and how to adopt strategies to support these students.

  • Assessing problematic behaviors & designing behavior support plans
  • Teaching alternative skills using evidence-based practices
  • Adopting strategies for building local capacity & creating a statewide infrastructure
Date:             April 25, 2019
Time:            11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cost:             FREE (Reservation required)
Location:     Alumni Theater, 3rd floor UAB Hill Student Center (HSC)
                          1300 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL
                         (corner of University Blvd. & 14th St. S.)
Parking:        Lot 5A next to the HSC—Enter on 16th Ave. S. between University Blvd. & 7th Ave ($2-$6 range)
                          Metered parking available on 14th St. & on 7th Ave. S.
                          Other public decks at 1801 4th Ave. S, 1915 University Blvd., 1720 University Blvd. & 1713 6th Ave. S.
 
CEUs Approved:
  • 1.0 nursing contact hr by The Deep South Center for OH&S, provider #ABNP0420 for the ABN
  • 1.0 SW contact hr by The UAB Civitan-Sparks Clinics, provider #0604 for the ASBSWE
  • 1.0 BACB Type II CEU provided by The Alabama Association for Behavior Analysis
  • 1.0 contact hr by The National Board of Public Health Examiners

Questions? Contact Julie McDougal: jmcdouga@uab.edu or 205.975.0531

 
Registration required by emailing sdaniel@glenwood.org.
 
 
 
 
 
Lecture will be live-streamed on the UAB School of Public Health’s YouTube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/uabSOPH
It will also be archived on the UAB SOPH website
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Parent Training Series: Sleeping, Eating, and Toilet-training – Considerations for my child with autism

Dr. Mary-Kate Carey, Director of the Children’s Center, will lead a three-part training series focused on issues related to sleep, feeding, and toilet-training for children with an autism spectrum disorder. This class is geared towards families of young children with autism that are experiencing difficulties with any of these common child-development issues. Each class will cover one of the three topics and provide parents with research-based information as well as strategies they can implement at home. Additionally, parents will help to develop a written strategic plan for how to tackle each issue.

Dates:
•March 13th: 8:45-10:45 am.Topic: Sleeping difficulties
•March 20th: 8:45 – 10:45 am.Topic: Feeding difficulties
•March 25th: 10 am – 1 pm. Topic: Toilet-training (SPECIAL LOCATION: The Hoover Public Library. Sign up here.)

Location:
Glenwood’s Children’s Center, at 3721 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35222. Parking lot is around the back. 

Attendance to all three classes is not required. Parents and caregivers may choose which classes are most relevant to their current needs. Childcare is not provided. Lap infants are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Glenwood Career Fair – March 6th, 2019

March 6th, 2019
1pm – 4pm

150 Glenwood Lane
Birmingham, AL 35242

Seeking Direct Care Professionals!

Glenwood leads the state of Alabama in providing behavioral health care and educational services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and severe emotional disturbances. These services are provided in a least restrictive setting, through a continuum of care, with the highest respect for individuals and families served, In addition to direct care services, Glenwood provides consultation and training for mental health and educational professionals and promotes research in these specialized areas.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Communication and interpersonal skills required
• Computer skills preferred

EDUCATION/LICENSING/CERTIFICATIONS:
• High School Diploma or GED equivalent required
• BS/BA in Human Services field preferred
• Valid Alabama driver’s license required and must be insurable through agency’s insurance carrier

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be 21 years of age or over
• Must pass a criminal, social, MVR background check, as well as obtain clearance through DHR’s Child Abuse and Neglect Registry and ABI/FBI registry
• Must be certified or able to pass agency required and provided training in CPR, 1st Aid,
Managing Crisis Safely (MCS) and Medication Administration Certification 
• Must pass all required pre-employment screenings

Printable flyer:

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Parent Training Series: Responding to Challenging Behavior in the Home

Dr. Mary-Kate Carey, Director of the Children’s Center, will lead a three-part training series focused on how to manage and respond to challenging behavior by individuals with an autism spectrum disorder in the home. The class will be interactive, and parents will develop an individual behavior management plan for their child that includes strategies for responding to problem behavior in the moment as well as long-term strategies for teaching appropriate, functional replacement behaviors.  Additionally, parents will learn the basics of applied behavior analysis and how to apply the principles of positive reinforcement to problem behavior.

  • Classes are:
    Feb. 20th from 5:00 – 7:00pm
    Feb. 27th from 5:00 – 7:00pm
    March 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Attendance to all three classes is highly encouraged
  • Childcare is not provided. Lap infants are welcome.
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Emerging Leaders in Autism

The Alabama Autism Providers Network (AAPN) is requesting applications from future leaders in ASD research, services, or education in Alabama to attend the Alabama Autism Conference in Tuscaloosa on 2/22/19.

Emerging Youth Leader Award: supports a high school student and one adult to attend the conference.

Emerging Leader Award: supports an undergraduate student to attend the conference.

Awardees will be paired with a leadership mentor throughout the conference. 

To apply, visit www.autism.ua.edu and clock on Scholarships.

Application Deadline: Friday, 2/15/19 at noon.

Notification of Award: Monday, 2/18/19.

Application includes:
1. Personal statement: In 2 pages or less, please discuss:
-Your interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders
-What your current or past involvement has been in the ASD community?
-What are your goals for being a future leader in ASD?
-What do you see as the current strengths within the ASD community in Alabama? What barriers or challenges do you hope to improve through your leadership in our state?
2. Letter of support from a teacher/instructor/mentor familiar with your leadership skills.
-Should discuss the student’s potential for leadership in ASD research service, and/or education in our state. 

 

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