Melodie Parsons didn’t anticipate to be the focus at Tuesday’s assembly of the Cullman County Commission — however then once more, her friends left her little alternative.
That’s as a result of they nominated Parsons, a group outreach coordinator at Cullman’s WellStone behavioral health clinic, for particular recognition for the work she does in educating native individuals on locally-available mental health and substance use packages, in addition to the sources that her employer — which companions with native companies and the drug court docket program administered by Cullman County District Court — is ready to present.
There was nothing very important concerning the timing of the glory; Parsons’ coworkers merely felt she was greater than due for a well-earned shoutout. In a letter to the fee on behalf of her colleagues, WellStone peer assist specialist Zackery Moore defined her contributions to higher mental health in Cullman.
“Mrs. Parsons has saved lives, improved access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, been a wonderful mentor, and continues to bring much-needed mental and substance abuse recovery services to the area,” Moore wrote, highlighting Parson’s oversight function in the brand new Mobile Crisis Team, in addition to a brand new jail diversion program and her ongoing work main WellStone’s case administration crew.
“We don’t want her to know the recognition came from us,” the letter added, although the presence of half a dozen supportive colleagues as Parsons accepted the fee’s honor was greater than sufficient to tip her off.
With workplaces in Huntsville and Cullman, WellStone is a 501©3 nonprofit group offering complete mental health care companies — no matter a patron’s capability to pay — throughout north Alabama. The nonprofit has served the Tennessee Valley since 1969, when the group was based because the Huntsville — Madison County Mental Health Board.