Health and Family Services Cabinet
New Oakwood Director Named
Jacqueline Bouyea of Liberty Healthcare has been appointed director of the Communities at Oakwood effective immediately, following the resignation of Bob Ritz due to health issues.
"We are pleased to have someone with Jacqueline Bouyea's extensive experience to guide Oakwood through the challenges it faces," said John Burt, Ed.D., commissioner of mental health/mental retardation.
Bouyea has been at Oakwood since February, serving as on-site project manager. Her background includes leadership positions in the area of serving individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities in several states, including New York, Massachusetts and Indiana. Her most recent position before coming to Oakwood was director of the Division of Aging in the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.
She has also previously served as superintendent of the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center in Butlerville, Ind. She received her undergraduate degree from Pace University and a master's in social work from the Catholic University of America.
"I am honored to accept this challenge," said Bouyea. "We have assembled a quality team of professionals who have been working with the long-term staff and newly-recruited direct care staff to deal with the difficult issues facing the facility. We will continue to keep the safety and well-being of the residents as our No. 1 priority as we work through these issues.”
The Communities at Oakwood is a state-operated facility in Somerset serving approximately 260 people with mental retardation. Currently, CHFS is appealing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) termination of Medicaid funding to Oakwood. Federal funding to the facility is continuing during the appeal. Oakwood has received 18 Type A citations since Jan. 2005.