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DHS news release

June 23, 2004

Contact: Jim Sellers (503) 945-5738
Program contact: James Toews (503) 945-6478

DHS restructures Eastern facilities' leadership to strengthen support of statewide initiatives

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is making leadership shifts at its two Pendleton institutions that will enable it to give more attention to statewide program initiatives.

As a result, the 60-bed psychiatric hospital and the 50-bed training center for people with developmental disabilities will each have its own superintendent, who in turn will be a leader in DHS statewide program work.

Maxine Stone, superintendent of both the psychiatric hospital and the training center since February 1999, will continue leadership of Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center.

"Maxine has done an exemplary job of managing both institutions," said Barry S. Kast, DHS assistant director for health services. "Now she is needed also to focus on strengthening connections with community mental health programs, further developing the recovery focus for the entire state-hospital system, and improving statewide connections between institutional and community mental health services."

The Pendleton psychiatric hospital is separate from Oregon State Hospital, whose Salem and Portland campuses serve about 700 forensic and civilly committed patients.

The Eastern Oregon Training Center, meanwhile, will have a new superintendent starting July 13. He is Robert T. Clabby II, 55, administrator of the developmental disabilities division in Wyoming's state health department since 1991. As part of that job, Clabby also is superintendent of 162-bed Wyoming State Training School.

"Bob Clabby has a keen understanding of developmental disabilities and mental retardation, a history of successfully operating a training facility, and experience in working closely with statewide constituency groups," said James Toews, DHS assistant director for seniors and people with disabilities.

Toews said Clabby, besides leading the Pendleton training center, will also be assigned to align budget allocations more closely to individuals' actual care needs, known as "rate restructuring," a complicated process that a few states such as Wyoming have already undertaken. He said this would permit the state to change budget allocations as individuals' needs increase or lessen.

Clabby, an administrator in Wyoming's agency since 1989, holds a master's degree in political science from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

State dollars to support Oregon's state-run programs for people with developmental disabilities are matched 60-40 by the federal government. Oregon has about 5,000 people with developmental disabilities or mental retardation in foster and group homes, and as many as 14,000 statewide including those living at home with family.

[Note to editors: Photograph of Robert Clabby available on request.]