Press Release: July 1, 2011 12:00 pm
Oakley Training School, Raymond, MS.
Raymond, MS: The Oakley Training School [OTS], in Raymond, has announced their recent association with the Quality Choice Correctional Healthcare [QCCH] organization, from, NY. According to Pam Dulaney, Health Services Coordinator, Division of Youth Services for the OTS, “We are looking forward to a long-term contractual relationship with QCCH and to working with their professional administrative and clinical staff that will be providing medical and psychiatric services for our students”.
Ms. Dulaney indicated that she had recently met with the QCCH national mental health director, Dr. Alan Schramm when he made site visits to the OTS to tour the facility, meet with the clinical nursing staff and OTS health services administrative staff. During his visits he was able to additionally meet with Richard Harris, James Maccarone, and Andrew Friday from the Department of Human Services, Jackson, MS to discuss the importance of providing the needed medical and psychiatric services for OTS students. “Dr. Schramm assured the DHS representatives that QCCH will offer, “outstanding professional clinical and supervisory oversight staff who will provide excellent clinical services with a caring attitude and a needed continuity of treatment on-site, to insure an easy transition for students when they are transferred from OTS to other facilities or back home”.
Dr. Schramm also provided the curriculum vitae for the selected physicians, approved by Kathy Petrino, president and CEO for QCCH, who will be providing the clinical services at the OTS infirmary. He reiterated Ms Petrino’s commitment to excellence and introduced the board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Anil Swarup who will be providing psychiatric services and Dr. Karen Verell, a diplomat with board certification in pediatrics who will provide all medical care for OTS students.
Dr. Swarup will be moving to the Jackson, MS area from his previous position with Pine Belt Mental Healthcare, Hattiesburg, MS. He completed his adult psychiatric residency at LSU, Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA and his advanced training child/adolescent psychiatric residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Elmhurst, NY.
Dr.Verell is a graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical School and completed her residency in general pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC. She also completed her advanced fellowship training in adolescent medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. She works in private practice and also has had a recent teaching position a Mississippi College, Clinton, MS.
Both Ms Dulaney and Dr. Schramm agreed that the continued positive progress demonstrated over the past four years at the OTS is the most important measure to insure that all needed medical and mental health needs are met for the students. They both agreed that, “Anything less will not be acceptable”.