GRAY – Each year, the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations recognizes organizations and individuals for their work and contributions to the promotion and improvement of mental health services throughout Tennessee.
At its annual conference, held December 9-10 in Franklin, Johnson City Housing Authority Director Richard McClain was honored as the recipient of TAMHO’s 2021 Frank G. Clement Community Service Award.
McClain was nominated by Frontier Health.
Each year, TAMHO solicits nominees for the Frank G. Clement Community Service Award to honor an individual who has provided exemplary leadership and volunteer service on behalf of TAMHO or a TAMHO member organization to benefit the community in his outfit.
McClain is a vital and invaluable community partner of Frontier Health. He has always done his best to help those in our community struggling with mental health and addiction issues on their journey to recovery.
As the largest mental health organization in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, Frontier Health often works and collaborates with external agencies and organizations throughout the region to meet the comprehensive needs of those in need. she serves. In June 2020, Frontier Health received funds to help victims of domestic violence who have been affected by the pandemic and immediately reached out to McClain for help.
Frontier Health knew that some victims would have COVID or underlying health issues and would not be comfortable receiving accommodation in the domestic violence shelter. McClain gladly offered to help by providing three large apartments through the Johnson City Housing Authority. He sent his team to prepare the units and make them comfortable for families fleeing difficult circumstances.
Through this partnership, Frontier Health provided shelter to 21 families (53 people) victims of domestic violence. McClain ensured units had WIFI access, so individuals and their families could work on employment and housing goals. It has also added security cameras outside the units to improve the safety of people receiving services under the domestic violence program. These families would not have had access to a shelter without his support, a press release from Frontier Health said.
“Richard continues to impress the board every time we meet, not only with how well the Housing Office works, but also with knowing things about each resident, because I think that he knows them all personally. Richard is a servant leader who enjoys what he does and continually pushes himself and the team to improve every day. He really cares about our community and the city and wants it to be a much better place for everyone. I don’t know of a situation where Richard didn’t try to help to some extent when asked. He is still working to try to find a good solution. We are fortunate to have Richard McClain as Executive Director, and I am delighted to see where we will continue to go with him! Said Colin Johnson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Johnson City Housing Authority.
Frontier Health is the leading provider of Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Addiction, Concomitant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Rehabilitation and Vocational Rehabilitation services in the region, and has been providing services since 1957. Its mission is to provide service quality that encourage people to reach their full potential. Visit www.frontierhealth.org or call 423-467-3600 to learn more.