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Seminar focuses on mental health

By JIM ROSS

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 29, 2001


LECANTO -- Mental health and treatment options will be the topics for discussion during a special seminar that the Marion-Citrus Mental Health Center and drug manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co. are organizing next month.

The seminar will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 23 in room 166 of the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W Sovereign Path.

Among the speakers will be Diane Daniels, Marion-Citrus' former Citrus director who now works for the agency in Ocala.

Local organizers are hoping for a big crowd. Continuing-education credits are available for health professionals. People who wish to exercise that option must pay $20; otherwise, admission is free.

Call 628-5020 to RSVP.

VOLUNTEER HONORED: They call Frank Roberts "the SHINE guy." Now people can call him something else: award winner.

Roberts, who lives north of Inverness, was among 26 Florida volunteers whom the state Department of Elder Affairs honored last week. Gema Hernandez, department secretary, awarded Roberts a 2001 Golden Choice Volunteer award for his work with SHINE, which is short for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders.

SHINE, a statewide program, provides volunteers who help seniors wade through the confusing world of health insurance.

COMING FOR A (SHORT) VISIT: Want to know more about Medicare? So does the man in charge.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson will temporarily move his agency's headquarters to the Health Care Financing Administration's offices in Baltimore this week so that he and his staff can spend five days working with the people who administer Medicare.

Thompson said the trip is the first of weeklong visits to each of his department's operating divisions.

"We are going to get out of Washington to learn how our department operates so we can see what is done well and what needs to be improved to make it more responsive to the millions of Americans we serve," the secretary said in prepared remarks.

-- Jim Ross writes about medical issues in Citrus County. Call him at 860-7302.

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