I worked with Emory Healthcare for many years as a Patient Services Representative and Office Manager. My greatest joy during that time was working with pediatric specialties and the physicians who work diligently to heal and support the children and their families through the rough times of treatment.
Serving on the Children and Youth Committee in the Georgia House of Representatives has afforded me the opportunity to expand that work. During the 2011 session, I worked with colleagues and a coalition of children's advocacy groups to effect policy changes that comply with the Health Care Oversight and Coordination Plan mandates of the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The policy changes strengthen and provide for the health and well-being of children who are in the custody of the Department of Human Services because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. It helps to better manage Georgia's rising costs of health care by ensuring that children in state custody receive appropriate and properly managed mental health care, including psychotropic medications, in the context of a coordinated health care plan, which provides for the child's physical, developmental, emotional, and mental well-being.