The Mason Haye Foundation – “Opening doors for youth, families, and communities”

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Brentwood, TN (April 18, 2018)--What happens after adolescents leave residential behavioral health treatment? That was one of the first questions the founders of The Mason Haye Foundation (TMHF) asked when hashing out the details for a non-profit foundation to assist disadvantaged youth.  As veteran behavioral healthcare professionals, the group knew that quality residential treatment was available.  But, when adolescents spent months or even years in treatment, they were not always prepared for life outside of the treatment walls. TMHF came out of these discussions about offering life skill building and developing the resources needed to transition out of residential treatment, according to Fredericka Ford, one of the founders and the Executive Director of The Mason Haye Foundation.  “We need to give these young people something that they can take with…
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Volunteer Youth Academy Visits Site of King Assassination

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Gallatin, TN (March 27, 2018) - In recognition of Black History Month, the young men at Volunteer Youth Academy recently took a trip to Memphis and a motel that was the location of sad event in our country’s history. The Lorraine Motel in Memphis was the site where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968.  Today, the Lorraine Motel is part of the National Civil Rights Museum that includes the motel, museum, and other historical building around Memphis.  To prepare for the field trip, Volunteer Youth Academy students were given an introduction and overview of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.  Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was heard, read, and discussed, and students were directed to write their own “Dream” speech.  Activities…
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Michael Godwin, VP at Meridian Behavioral Health, Accepted to Doctorate in Behavioral Health Program

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Brentwood, TN (March 19, 2018) - Michael Godwin, Vice President of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, was recently accepted into the Arizona State University (ASU) Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) Management program. ASU’s DBH Management Concentration prepares master’s degree professionals to design, deliver, and evaluate integrated behavioral health programs.  Godwin will begin the program this summer. In his role at Meridian, Godwin specializes in Human Resources, compliance, and business projects. Prior to working with Meridian, he was the Vice President of Human Resources for Eggleston, a 700-employee not for profit agency with 18 locations that provides group home residential services and works to empower and employ people with disabilities. He also worked as a Human Resources executive for Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., and has additional experience with company operations and sales. Godwin…
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Seacoast Youth Academy Names Travis Small Executive Director

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Travis Small was recently named Executive Director of Seacoast Youth Academy. With four years of experience working at various key positions at Seacoast Youth Academy, Small brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to this position. He received his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC. He played football at Coastal and as a native of South Carolina has been recognized by the ‘The State’ as one of the top 150 high school football players in South Carolina. He has since attended Ashford University and attained a Master of Arts in Organizational Management. Seacoast Youth Academy is part of the Meridian Behavioral Health family of treatment programs for children and adults. Meridian’s VP of Southeast Division, Kenny Dixon states, “Travis is an excellent choice…
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Edward F. Littlejohn joins Meridian as the companies Chief Operating Officer

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Edward F. Littlejohn joins Meridian Behavioral Health Systems as the companies Chief Operating Officer. Edward comes to Meridian from Fountain Valley Regional, a 400-bed acute care facility, and is part of Tenet Healthcare Corp. and among the largest hospitals in Orange County.  It ranked No. 9 on the Business Journal list of the largest hospitals and generating more than $400 million in net revenue for 2016 with about 1,600 employees. Edward was responsible for day-to-day operations to ensure the continued growth of the hospital's award-winning, highly accredited services and strengthening the facility's mission, standards and values.  Fountain Valley Regional also made the list of the “best hospitals” in California compiled by U.S. News & World Report, ranking No. 42 in the state and No. 22 in the Los Angeles metro…
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Highland and Meridian Behavioral Health Systems Sign Definitive Agreement for Highland’s Sale

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Charleston, W.Va. – HHA, Inc., parent company of Highland Hospital Association and other Highland companies located in Charleston, West Virginia, today announced that its board of directors has unanimously approved a definitive agreement to sell Highland to Meridian Behavioral Health Systems of Brentwood, Tennessee. “Highland has recognized the need to adapt to the constantly changing health care system to be able continue to provide high-quality behavioral healthcare services to our community,” Cynthia Persily, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of HHA, said. “We are pleased to enter into this definitive agreement with Meridian, a recognized name in behavioral health care. We believe Meridian will enhance the ability of Highland to serve our community’s behavioral health needs and provide us the best path forward to meet our mission within the ever-changing…
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