Looking forward, 2012 is going to be another busy year for all of us.  During the last Deputy/Assistant Director meeting, managers shared the biggest priorities for the next six months and I will share a few of the highlights throughout this week in our blog.    

One key focus that echoed throughout everyone’s summary was an emphasis on working together across agency programs, with our partners and through our strategic plan.  From the importance of integrating behavioral and physical health to supporting our workforce with cross training, and planning for continuity of operations as staff members retire, ADHS is truly working together. 

The work on merging rules for behavioral health and medical facilities got off to a great start with a series of public meetings.  Six months from now, we expect to have a workable set of draft rules put together.  Operations, behavioral health and licensing are all contributing to this project.  There are also many 5-year Rule reviews getting underway as we speak.