The Resource Center and Dr. Caillean McMahon-Tronetti have reached agreement on a five-year contract extension.
Dr. McMahon, The Resource Center’s medical director of psychiatry and the forensic psychiatrist at the Chautauqua County Jail, signed an exclusive contract with TRC. She and Paul Cesana, TRC’s executive director, expressed pleasure over the signing of the contract, which will be in effect until December 2019. The agreement cements the long-term future of The Resource Center’s psychiatric services, which are a cornerstone of TRC’s service delivery system and a key component of The Resource Center’s STARS integrated health care model.
“We are delighted with the fact that The Resource Center has solidified our relationship with Dr. McMahon,” Cesana said. “She has had a tremendous, positive impact on our Counseling and Psychiatric Services, and we are pleased to know that Dr. McMahon will remain at the forefront of these services as The Resource Center continues its efforts toward full implementation of its STARS service integration initiative.”
“I am excited to be part of our forward-looking initiatives regarding mental health and all of The Resource Center’s other services,” Dr. McMahon said.
Dr. McMahon joined The Resource Center in 2010. In addition to overseeing the operation of TRC’s behavioral health programs in Jamestown and Dunkirk, she became the forensic psychiatrist at the Chautauqua County Jail when the county contracted with TRC to provide certain needed psychiatric and mental health services to inmates. She has earned the respect of her co-workers at The Resource Center as well as that of county officials.
“As the director of the mental health programs, Dr. McMahon’s dedication to services and individuals’ needs goes a step above what people would normally receive from programs of today,” said Leanna Luka-Conley, TRC’s director of care coordination and behavioral health. “Dr. McMahon’s psychiatric skill sets range in expertise with individuals involved in forensic, addictions and developmental disabilities, which complement the many services offered through the Resource Center. She is always willing to enhance the services we provide to the community and shows the leadership to implement them in a timely, effective manner. I’m very fortunate to have her on our leadership team and look forward to the next five years of providing quality services.”
The next five years will be a time of great change for The Resource Center, which is in the midst of a multi-year plan to implement its STARS integrated health care model. STARS (System Transformation with Accountability, Results and Satisfaction) is The Resource Center’s answer to the changes occurring at the national and local levels in response to the Affordable Care Act. Under STARS, The Resource Center is in the process of integrating its comprehensive array of services to assess, monitor and support each person along five key life dimensions: basic needs, physical health, behavioral health, family stability, and employment/community involvement.
Full implementation of STARS will require integration of some of The Resource Center’s services, as well as the expansion and renovation of a number of TRC’s facilities in Jamestown and Dunkirk. Some of these changes (co-location of services and the relocation of TRC’s Dunkirk dental practice) have already occurred, and The Resource Center is in the midst of renovating its Carl Cappa Building on East Second Street in Jamestown (a facility that houses primary care, dental and behavioral health services).
To pay for the STARS initiative, The Resource Center has undertaken a $5.1 million capital campaign. More than $2 million has been raised and invested in the STARS project thus far.
For more information about The Resource Center or the STARS initiative, phone 483-2344 or visit www.resourcecenter.org.