Higginsville Habilitation Center - MO Dept of Mental Health

Higginsville Habilitation Center - MO Dept of Mental Health Our mission is prevention, treatment, & promotion of public understanding for Missourian w/mental illness, developmental disabilities & addictions.
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CONGRATULATIONS to Heather Poynter on being selected as HHC's May Employee of the Month!
06/07/2021

CONGRATULATIONS to Heather Poynter on being selected as HHC's May Employee of the Month!

CONGRATULATIONS to Heather Poynter on being selected as HHC's May Employee of the Month!

CONGRATULATIONS to Amanda Hardy and Steve Kloppe for being selected as HHC's April Employees of the Month!
06/07/2021

CONGRATULATIONS to Amanda Hardy and Steve Kloppe for being selected as HHC's April Employees of the Month!

CONGRATULATIONS to Amanda Hardy and Steve Kloppe for being selected as HHC's April Employees of the Month!

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05/26/2021

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05/03/2021
04/21/2021

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CONGRATULATIONS to Teresa Tonnar and Chris Tucker for being selected as HHC's co-employees of the month for March 2021.
04/02/2021

CONGRATULATIONS to Teresa Tonnar and Chris Tucker for being selected as HHC's co-employees of the month for March 2021.

CONGRATULATIONS to Teresa Tonnar and Chris Tucker for being selected as HHC's co-employees of the month for March 2021.

CONGRATULATIONS to Connie Jolly on being selected as HHC's February Employee of the Month!
03/31/2021

CONGRATULATIONS to Connie Jolly on being selected as HHC's February Employee of the Month!

CONGRATULATIONS to Connie Jolly on being selected as HHC's February Employee of the Month!

In honor of Women’s History month The Higginsville Habilitation Center will be highlighting some of the phenomenal women...
03/22/2021

In honor of Women’s History month The Higginsville Habilitation Center will be highlighting some of the phenomenal women on our team and celebrating the amazing jobs they do. #womenshistorymonth #WeServeMO #empoweredwomenempowerwomen.

Like and follow our page for updates on how you can make a difference working with HHC. Ready to Start now? Call Vickie at 660-584-4810 or Stop by 100 W 1st Higginsville Mo 64037 for an application.

Monica Thomas
I started my Career at HHC in October 1997 as a Care Assistant Trainee (CAT), Kathy Murry was my supervisor on Crestview I, which at that time was a ladies home. Lashawn Collins was the Developmental Assistant II (DA II) and I learned a lot from her. One of the things she taught me was that the Individuals that lived at HHC deserved the best and would depend on me for their daily living needs.
In 1998 after having my son, I went to work on Aspen. I was scared and would ask daily to go back to Crestview I, but Randy Webster and Randy Rainy ensured me that I was strong enough and could handle working on Aspen. I would like to thank both of them for believing in me.
Ed Meyer was then my supervisor as I grew and learned to become an advocate for the Individuals that lived her at HHC. Ed would often say “Monica, I admire your passion and thank you for all that you do”.
Time passed and I transferred back to Crestview II, which was a gentlemen’s home. This is where I met the strongest lady, Miss Ceola Jackson. She knew the ends and outs about everything. She taught me how to be direct but soft, how to forgive and move on, and every day is a new day. Some of the many things she would tell me was “never think you are better than” and “that we all had to start somewhere”. Ceola showed me what leading a team looked like and how to take new employees and guide them. Ceola taught me to always be honest with new employees and never tell them or give them a duty I would not do myself. When Ceola left I became the charge person, even though I was not the most senior staff in the area. Staff looked to me for answers, and I made it a point to learning everything I could from scheduling to talking to guardians. Ceola was a great mentor while I was trying to move up in my career.
The Superintendent at the time, George Fizer, gave me a chance and made me a DA II. He could see I had been working hard and taking on additional responsibilities.
I then worked as a DA II on Crestview and Group Home 1. I later became an Activity Aide, where I planned activities and engagement for all the Individuals living at HHC.
In October of 2018, I was given the opportunity to come a Support Care Professional working back at Crestview where my career started. However, instead of ladies I am now supporting gentlemen. The individuals that I support have definitely taught me many things, like what it truly means to have patience. I enjoy going home at the end of the day knowing that somehow, in some way I have made a difference.

In honor of Women’s History month The Higginsville Habilitation Center will be highlighting some of the phenomenal women on our team and celebrating the amazing jobs they do. #womenshistorymonth #WeServeMO #empoweredwomenempowerwomen.

Like and follow our page for updates on how you can make a difference working with HHC. Ready to Start now? Call Vickie at 660-584-4810 or Stop by 100 W 1st Higginsville Mo 64037 for an application.

Monica Thomas
I started my Career at HHC in October 1997 as a Care Assistant Trainee (CAT), Kathy Murry was my supervisor on Crestview I, which at that time was a ladies home. Lashawn Collins was the Developmental Assistant II (DA II) and I learned a lot from her. One of the things she taught me was that the Individuals that lived at HHC deserved the best and would depend on me for their daily living needs.
In 1998 after having my son, I went to work on Aspen. I was scared and would ask daily to go back to Crestview I, but Randy Webster and Randy Rainy ensured me that I was strong enough and could handle working on Aspen. I would like to thank both of them for believing in me.
Ed Meyer was then my supervisor as I grew and learned to become an advocate for the Individuals that lived her at HHC. Ed would often say “Monica, I admire your passion and thank you for all that you do”.
Time passed and I transferred back to Crestview II, which was a gentlemen’s home. This is where I met the strongest lady, Miss Ceola Jackson. She knew the ends and outs about everything. She taught me how to be direct but soft, how to forgive and move on, and every day is a new day. Some of the many things she would tell me was “never think you are better than” and “that we all had to start somewhere”. Ceola showed me what leading a team looked like and how to take new employees and guide them. Ceola taught me to always be honest with new employees and never tell them or give them a duty I would not do myself. When Ceola left I became the charge person, even though I was not the most senior staff in the area. Staff looked to me for answers, and I made it a point to learning everything I could from scheduling to talking to guardians. Ceola was a great mentor while I was trying to move up in my career.
The Superintendent at the time, George Fizer, gave me a chance and made me a DA II. He could see I had been working hard and taking on additional responsibilities.
I then worked as a DA II on Crestview and Group Home 1. I later became an Activity Aide, where I planned activities and engagement for all the Individuals living at HHC.
In October of 2018, I was given the opportunity to come a Support Care Professional working back at Crestview where my career started. However, instead of ladies I am now supporting gentlemen. The individuals that I support have definitely taught me many things, like what it truly means to have patience. I enjoy going home at the end of the day knowing that somehow, in some way I have made a difference.

In honor of Women’s History month The Higginsville Habilitation Center will be highlighting some of the phenomenal women...
03/15/2021

In honor of Women’s History month The Higginsville Habilitation Center will be highlighting some of the phenomenal women on our team and celebrating the amazing jobs they do. #womenshistorymonth #WeServeMO #empoweredwomenempowerwomen.
Like and follow our page for updates on how you can make a difference working with HHC. Ready to Start now? Call Vickie at 660-584-4810 or Stop by 100 W 1st Higginsville Mo 64037 for an application.

Susan Conaway, Superintendent
I started working for DMH in May of 2005 with the Marshall Habilitation Center as the Fiscal and Administrative Manager. I had previously worked for the Department of Social Services in Jefferson City and took a position with the Marshall Habilitation Center to be closer to family. In the spring of 2012, I became the Superintendent at MHC. Following the closure of MHC and the merge of Northwest Community Services and the Marshall waiver programs, I moved over as the Director of NWCS. After George Fizer’s retirement this last summer, I became the Superintendent at HHC while maintaining my position with NWCS as well. I could not do both without great teams and support systems at both HHC and NWCS.

I love working for DMH! No matter the position, I believe we all have the same purpose and we all work for the same people! I consider it an honor and while it is very challenging, it is the most rewarding experience I have ever had in any work setting. Since working for DMH, I have been a part of many changes. I love that we have the flexibility to individualize services and not have a one size fits all approach. For me, one of the biggest “new” things I have been involved in working on since coming to DMH is the crisis services. I truly believe this service is needed and we are fortunate to have so many talented team members across different disciplines to work with individuals who need that extra layer of support so that they may go on to live a happy and successful life. Nothing makes me more proud than hearing about the successes of each after they leave our programs.

For years, I have used the words “Keep on Making a Difference!” What we do each day, big or little, makes a huge difference to the awesome individuals we work for. I came to DMH to live closer to family, little did I know my family would eventually include hundreds of more people that I have been fortunate to work with and for over the last 16 years!

In honor of Women’s History month The Higginsville Habilitation Center will be highlighting some of the phenomenal women on our team and celebrating the amazing jobs they do. #womenshistorymonth #WeServeMO #empoweredwomenempowerwomen.
Like and follow our page for updates on how you can make a difference working with HHC. Ready to Start now? Call Vickie at 660-584-4810 or Stop by 100 W 1st Higginsville Mo 64037 for an application.

Susan Conaway, Superintendent
I started working for DMH in May of 2005 with the Marshall Habilitation Center as the Fiscal and Administrative Manager. I had previously worked for the Department of Social Services in Jefferson City and took a position with the Marshall Habilitation Center to be closer to family. In the spring of 2012, I became the Superintendent at MHC. Following the closure of MHC and the merge of Northwest Community Services and the Marshall waiver programs, I moved over as the Director of NWCS. After George Fizer’s retirement this last summer, I became the Superintendent at HHC while maintaining my position with NWCS as well. I could not do both without great teams and support systems at both HHC and NWCS.

I love working for DMH! No matter the position, I believe we all have the same purpose and we all work for the same people! I consider it an honor and while it is very challenging, it is the most rewarding experience I have ever had in any work setting. Since working for DMH, I have been a part of many changes. I love that we have the flexibility to individualize services and not have a one size fits all approach. For me, one of the biggest “new” things I have been involved in working on since coming to DMH is the crisis services. I truly believe this service is needed and we are fortunate to have so many talented team members across different disciplines to work with individuals who need that extra layer of support so that they may go on to live a happy and successful life. Nothing makes me more proud than hearing about the successes of each after they leave our programs.

For years, I have used the words “Keep on Making a Difference!” What we do each day, big or little, makes a huge difference to the awesome individuals we work for. I came to DMH to live closer to family, little did I know my family would eventually include hundreds of more people that I have been fortunate to work with and for over the last 16 years!

In honor of Women’s History month The Higginsville Habilitation Center will be highlighting some of the phenomenal women...
03/08/2021

In honor of Women’s History month The Higginsville Habilitation Center will be highlighting some of the phenomenal women on our team and celebrating the amazing jobs they do. #womenshistorymonth #WeServeMO #empoweredwomenempowerwomen.

Like and follow our page for updates on how you can make a difference working with HHC. Ready to Start now? Call Vickie at 660-584-4810 or Stop by 100 W 1st Higginsville Mo 64037 for an application.

April Maxwell is our Director of State Operated Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) Programs. Although she works in Jefferson City now she started her journey with working with our individuals right here at Higginsville Habilitation center. Here is what she had to say.
I began my career with the Department of Mental Health on July 8, 1987 at the Higginsville Habilitation Center (HHC). I was hired as a Habilitation Specialist (HS), working in Unit 1, on Horizon Hall. The Unit Manager at that time was Helen Schwarzer, an iconic woman in the history of HHC. Horizon Hall was a dormitory for women on one side of the building, and the infirmary/medical department on the other side. Today that building is now the HHC administration building. The 5 years, or so, that I spent as a HS were some of most enjoyable of my career. I loved working directly with the individuals who lived on Horizon Hall, building relationships with their families, getting to know some great supervisors, and especially working so closely with the Direct Support Professionals (DSP) each day. From them I learned: how to properly make a bed to pass inspection (thank you Marcile Ehlers); how to pass medications; how to assist individuals with bathing, dressing and providing hygiene needs; supervision skills; how to assist with meal time; appropriate charting and documentation; what great attendance does and doesn’t looks like; the interdisciplinary team approach; and much, much more.

One most memorable time in my career was to be a part of developing Missouri’s Home and Community Based Waiver. On a small scale I was able to have input with the state leaders who were developing the Missouri Certification Principles and Enhancement Guidelines in the early 1990’s. On a much more local scale I was working to design and develop the HHC pilot waiver program, which eventually became Northwest Community Services (NWCS).

While with NWCS I also worked as a Unit Program Supervisor for two group homes and several community wavier homes in Independence, Missouri - again with the best of times being related to the individuals, families and staff I came in contact with for those 5 years.

I accepted the role of Unit Manager for NWCS in 2001, when after her long career with HHC and NWCS, Tammy Inglish retired. In 2005 I became the Superintendent of HHC and NWCS; the first female superintendent there since 1985 when the much respected Kitty Morris left the position.

In 2010 I accepted the position of Director of State Operated DD Programs and began working from Central Office in Jefferson City. In this position I am involved with all of the state operated habilitation centers and waiver programs across the state, working closely with their superintendents. This position requires a lot of travel across the state to visit all the facilities, as well as Jefferson City. I participate with other members of the DMH and DD Executive Teams in department wide initiatives, while working under the direction of a very enthusiastic and inspiring DD Division Director, Valerie Huhn.

Throughout my entire career I have met many inspirational mentors and coworkers that I have reflected on during this 2021 Women’s History Month. They are the influences that have helped formed my visions and determination over the past 34 years. I can’t think of any other job that I would have traded for the one I have had.

In honor of Women’s History month The Higginsville Habilitation Center will be highlighting some of the phenomenal women on our team and celebrating the amazing jobs they do. #womenshistorymonth #WeServeMO #empoweredwomenempowerwomen.

Like and follow our page for updates on how you can make a difference working with HHC. Ready to Start now? Call Vickie at 660-584-4810 or Stop by 100 W 1st Higginsville Mo 64037 for an application.

April Maxwell is our Director of State Operated Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) Programs. Although she works in Jefferson City now she started her journey with working with our individuals right here at Higginsville Habilitation center. Here is what she had to say.
I began my career with the Department of Mental Health on July 8, 1987 at the Higginsville Habilitation Center (HHC). I was hired as a Habilitation Specialist (HS), working in Unit 1, on Horizon Hall. The Unit Manager at that time was Helen Schwarzer, an iconic woman in the history of HHC. Horizon Hall was a dormitory for women on one side of the building, and the infirmary/medical department on the other side. Today that building is now the HHC administration building. The 5 years, or so, that I spent as a HS were some of most enjoyable of my career. I loved working directly with the individuals who lived on Horizon Hall, building relationships with their families, getting to know some great supervisors, and especially working so closely with the Direct Support Professionals (DSP) each day. From them I learned: how to properly make a bed to pass inspection (thank you Marcile Ehlers); how to pass medications; how to assist individuals with bathing, dressing and providing hygiene needs; supervision skills; how to assist with meal time; appropriate charting and documentation; what great attendance does and doesn’t looks like; the interdisciplinary team approach; and much, much more.

One most memorable time in my career was to be a part of developing Missouri’s Home and Community Based Waiver. On a small scale I was able to have input with the state leaders who were developing the Missouri Certification Principles and Enhancement Guidelines in the early 1990’s. On a much more local scale I was working to design and develop the HHC pilot waiver program, which eventually became Northwest Community Services (NWCS).

While with NWCS I also worked as a Unit Program Supervisor for two group homes and several community wavier homes in Independence, Missouri - again with the best of times being related to the individuals, families and staff I came in contact with for those 5 years.

I accepted the role of Unit Manager for NWCS in 2001, when after her long career with HHC and NWCS, Tammy Inglish retired. In 2005 I became the Superintendent of HHC and NWCS; the first female superintendent there since 1985 when the much respected Kitty Morris left the position.

In 2010 I accepted the position of Director of State Operated DD Programs and began working from Central Office in Jefferson City. In this position I am involved with all of the state operated habilitation centers and waiver programs across the state, working closely with their superintendents. This position requires a lot of travel across the state to visit all the facilities, as well as Jefferson City. I participate with other members of the DMH and DD Executive Teams in department wide initiatives, while working under the direction of a very enthusiastic and inspiring DD Division Director, Valerie Huhn.

Throughout my entire career I have met many inspirational mentors and coworkers that I have reflected on during this 2021 Women’s History Month. They are the influences that have helped formed my visions and determination over the past 34 years. I can’t think of any other job that I would have traded for the one I have had.

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