Health Department brings in outside firm to helm the WLRC, for now

The Wyoming Department of Health has announced a change in leadership approach for the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander that is effective today, June 12. Chris Newman, WDH Behavioral Health Division senior administrator, said WDH has contracted with the Columbus Organization to provide an interim superintendent for WLRC, along with consulting services, for the facility and its operations. The Columbus Organization, based in Wayne, Pennsylvania, is national provider of on-site professional staffing and consulting services focused on special needs populations such as the clients served by WLRC. “It has become clear we have areas for improvement at this facility, including challenges in finding successful long-term leadership,” Newman said. “We believe the specialized expertise and input the Columbus Organization can provide will be valuable. They have played a helpful role with many similar facilities across the country.” The leadership change comes less than two weeks after Wyoming Protection and Advocacy announced it was investigating a "flood of complaints" about the facility. Max G. Jackson has been assigned by the Columbus Organization as interim superintendent at WLRC. Jackson has extensive experience across the country working with similar organizations and facilities and with state agencies. Julie Thompson, who served as interim superintendent for the past few months, will return to her role as director of nursing at WLRC. “I want to thank Julie for her help and know she will continue to be a key resource for us,” Newman said. Bill Sexton, who has been overseeing both WLRC and the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston as WDH Behavioral Health Division facilities administrator, is proceeding with his planned retirement July 1 after helping with the transition. #county10 #news