Piatt County Mental Health Center
Piatt County is looking for a new director of its mental health center with the resignation of Dave King. He has given notice after nearly five years as director to become executive director of the Illinois Central Region for LTC Support Services. The private company based in Galesburg provides administrative support to group homes for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
King had been a critic of the state’s financial dilemma, helping spearhead a “Beards for a Budget” campaign to bring attention to the lack of funding for some key mental health services. Supporters, including King, vowed not to shave until a state budget is approved.
But King, who finally shaved his beard before he had a passport photo taken, said he did not leave the county post due to the state’s fiscal problems.
“The state budget stalemate did not influence my decision, ” he said. And, even with a clean-shaven face, he vowed to “continue to advocate for a budget and adequate funding for services.”
Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Keith praised King’s work with the mental health center, and also took the opportunity to compliment the work of other county agencies as well.
“I get calls all the time from people praising the different agencies: 911, mental health, the nursing home, things like that. It’s a good place to live, ” commented Keith.
King added that he had “learned a lot and have enjoyed my time working at Piatt County Mental Health Center.” He pointed to positive changes during his tenure that have included partnerships with Kirby Medical Center, providing staff support for Neighbor House, last year’s renovations of the health center facility, and implementing an electronic health records system.
“I am proud of the staff and their tireless dedication to the clients we serve. I will miss them, ” added King.