Helen Ross McNabb Center Opens Newly-Renovated Facility On Bailey Avenue

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Helen Ross McNabb Center and the community will celebrate the opening of the newly-renovated 1408 Bailey Home, one of the Center's five supported living homes in Chattanooga, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m.

The Center, with support from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the City of Chattanooga and First Tennessee Bank, renovated 1408 Bailey Home for individuals experiencing homelessness and living with severe, persistent mental illness. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee awarded the Center a grant in the amount of $150,000 specifically for three supported living housing projects; the 1408 Bailey home is the second of the three McNabb Center supportive living homes to be reconstructed or renovated. This funding, along with support from the City of Chattanooga and First Tennessee Bank, has allowed the McNabb Center to provide greater access to affordable housing for adults with mental health disorders in the community.

The newly-renovated 1408 Bailey Home has five bedrooms and will house 10 adult individuals at full capacity. Bailey Home will provide comprehensive support services to each resident through both on-site and community resources with a dedicated staff who will work 24-hours a day to assist with daily living skills, ensure medication needs are met and coordinate daily life skills groups. It will be a new found reality of recovery and wellness for the Bailey Home residents.

“Supportive living at Bailey Home provides permanent, safe and affordable housing for adults after being discharged from a mental health facility,” said Jerry Vagnier, Helen Ross McNabb Center president and CEO. “Community partners, like BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, are helping create access to quality care for individuals with mental illness who have the most needs and the least resources.”

McNabb Center outpatient mental health care and The Lighthouse peer support services are in close proximity to Bailey Avenue. Integrating supportive living with access to mental health care and social support greatly increases the opportunity for success, health and independence. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that between 70 percent and 90 percent of individuals with mental health problems have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of therapy, medical help and continued support.

For more information, please call Robyn Graves at 423 290-6499 or visit www.mcnabbcenter.org.

Morning Pointe Celebrates Nursing Assistants Week

During Nursing Assistants Week, Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford residents celebrated their team of certified nursing assistants and resident assistants for their hard work and dedication to residents and families. The seniors at the assisted living community signed special thank-you cards for the associates and also treated them to a variety of Girl Scout cookies. ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Congress Needs More Information To Make 340B Program Work Better For Patients

Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander on Tuesday said Congress needs more accurate information to determine how to make the 340B Program work better for patients and hospitals.   “There is no consistent data that shows how hospitals and clinics are spending the money they save through the 340B Program,” Senator Alexander said. “The reason ... (click for more)

Former City Education Commissioner John P. Franklin Dies

John Porter Franklin, long a leading figure in Chattanooga city government, has died.  He was the city's first, elected black official, post Jim Crow laws, in 1971. Mr. Franklin's father, G.W. Franklin, was a pioneer funeral home director and John Franklin continued in that line. He was first an official in Franklin-Strickland Funeral Home, then he started John P. Franklin ... (click for more)

All School Board Members But Rhonda Thurman Approve Going Ahead With Equity Study

All County School Board members except Rhonda Thurman said Thursday afternoon they are in favor of pushing ahead with an equity study sought by new Supt. Bryan Johnson. Ms. Thurman said she was "tired of bullying tactics by outside groups" such as UnifiEd and Chattanooga 2.0. She said the 132 people who signed a letter in support of the study include people "with deep pockets" ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Not A Blessed One

When I read, to no great surprise, that 132 of Chattanooga’s “leaders” had signed a letter in support of “socioeconomic integration” in Thursday’s Times Free Press, there were two things that were immediately obvious to me: Not a blessed one would have (a) written such a letter on their personal stationery, and (b) not a blessed one would have ever voted for the current president ... (click for more)