MAYVILLE — With the departure of Christine Schuyler as the general public well being director and commissioner of Social Companies, Chautauqua County Government PJ Wendel is transferring forward to separate the departments.
The Chautauqua County Division of Well being and Human Companies was first shaped in 2011 when the county merged its Division of Well being and Division of Social Companies.
“For 11 years, the county has operated with a Division of Well being and Human Companies, however I consider our packages and companies will probably be higher aligned and additional enhanced by separating this pre-existing division and creating a brand new construction for the supply of those companies,” Wendel stated in a information launch. “I’m excited to announce our new plan going ahead that entails the restructuring of our present DHHS companies and likewise consists of an integration with a present county division.”
The 5 social service divisions of DHHS, together with the divisions of Household and Youngsters’s Companies, and Transitional and Medical Help, will combine with the Chautauqua County Division of Psychological Hygiene to type the Chautauqua County Division of Psychological Hygiene and Social Companies.
As well as, the DHHS Division of Well being will as soon as once more be a stand-alone division because the Chautauqua County Division of Well being, to incorporate all county public well being and illness prevention packages, environmental well being companies, coroners, and offering medical companies to the County Jail and county Emergency Companies.
These adjustments, that are topic to the evaluate of the Chautauqua County Legislature and New York state, are desired by Wendel to take impact in early 2023.
“This new construction will present a stronger and extra environment friendly means for our present staff to ship human companies to Chautauqua County residents,” Wendel stated. “Many people and households typically obtain companies from a number of areas of county authorities and this restructuring will higher combine our psychological hygiene and social companies in order that we’re engaged on a united entrance to offer well timed, accessible and high quality care to county residents as we maximize our partnerships and enhance group help programs. The planning behind this integration has been within the works for a lot of months and the groups on either side have labored diligently from the very starting to verify this can be a proper match for our county. I’m happy to see how organically this plan has taken root with our psychological hygiene division and social companies divisions.”
Wendel additionally introduced new management for these departments as soon as the reorganization adjustments go into impact. Carmelo Hernandez will function Director of the Division of Psychological Hygiene and Social Companies and Dr. Michael Faulk will function Chautauqua County’s Chief Medical Officer and head of the Division of Well being.
Since September 2021, Hernandez has served because the Director of Neighborhood Psychological Hygiene Companies for the Chautauqua County Division of Psychological Hygiene.
“In a brief period of time, Carmelo has confirmed to be a robust chief, collaborator and advocate for psychological hygiene companies in our county,” Wendel stated. “His background in social companies and psychological hygiene companies make him a wonderful proponent to make this new integration profitable.”
In his new function, Hernandez will present administrative oversight for psychological hygiene and social companies. This consists of final accountability for day-to-day operations thus ensuing high quality service to the group whereas assembly state and federal mandates for every program.
“I look ahead to persevering with my management function with our division of psychological hygiene companies and dealing with my new colleagues within the social companies divisions,” Hernandez stated. “This restructuring will higher combine psychological hygiene and social companies so we will guarantee our purchasers obtain the very best expertise whereas we proceed to help their journey for hope, wellness, restoration and resiliency.”
Faulk has served as doctor within the county Division of Well being and Human Companies’ Division of Medical Examiners and Coroners since January 2019. He additionally at present serves as Medical Director of Built-in Acute Look after US Acute Care Options at Warren Normal Hospital, and Affiliate Medical Director for Public Security for the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Workplace.
“Mike’s huge expertise and background in lots of our emergency medical companies, medical and clinic companies proves he’s a worthy chief as we as soon as once more return to a separate division of well being,” Wendel stated. “Mike has labored very arduous over his previous three years with the vounty, and I’m proud to advertise somebody who has confirmed himself in our group.”
“I deeply respect the chance to serve our group on this function,” stated Faulk. “Having oversight over the numerous aspects of medical care the county gives will foster improved collaboration whereas striving to offer our residents with the very best high quality public well being companies. I’m each honored and humbled to have been requested to step into this distinctive function and lead what I already know to be a devoted and proficient workforce of pros throughout the Well being Division, Coroners Program, County Jail and Emergency Medical Companies. After spending the final 15 years offering emergency and acute care throughout this area, I hope to use this data and expertise in a broad method to not solely assist resolve a few of our most essential challenges affecting the well being and wellness of our group but in addition to earn the belief of our residents.”
Faulk has been the interim public well being director since Schuyler’s departure final month.