Valeo Community Residence Program News

Valeo Announces new Chief Executive Officer
Topeka, KS , 10/16/15 - Valeo Behavioral Health Care announced a new Chief Executive Officer today. Valeo has hired Bill Persinger Jr., MHA as CEO of Valeo Behavioral Health Care, Valeo Community Residence Program, Inc., and the Valeo Foundation.

Persinger is a native Kansan and brings a wealth of knowledge in the mental health field. His career history includes positions as Executive Director of Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas in Emporia, Chief Executive Officer at KANZA Mental Health & Guidance Center in Hiawatha, and Program Director at Iroquois Center for Human Development in Greensburg.

He has a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science, and a Bachelor of Science and Education from Emporia State University.

Persinger said upon acceptance of the position, The CEO position is an opportunity to make a contribution to the health and well-being of others on a larger scale, continue Valeos ongoing contribution to public behavioral health policy, and bring my specific skill set to a fine organization that is poised for continued success. Many complex changes are upon our field of public mental health. I am fully prepared to actively lead the agency going forward as it excels in the areas of health integration, collaborative partnerships in the community, and many other developments on the near horizon.

Persinger plans to relocate from Osage to Shawnee County. He begins his role as Valeo CEO Nov. 5, 2015. Christine Wills, Director of Mental Health Programs at Valeo served as interim CEO February through October 2015.

Dr. Taylor Porter Named Medical Director
Topeka, KS, 2/8/15 - Valeo is pleased to announce that Taylor Porter, MD has been named Medical Director at Valeo Community Residence Program and Valeo Behavioral Health Care.

Porter is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, and a graduate of the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine. He received his post graduate training at Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA, Menninger Clinic, and Duke University. He has trained medical students at National Naval Medical Center and Menninger Clinic. He is a retired Captain of the United States Navy, serving 1987-2007. He has served as Primary Investigator in numerous psychopharmacological research trials. He was named 2014 Provider of the Year by the National Alliance of Mental Health, KS Chapter.

Dr. Porter will assist in developing Valeos clinical vision, strategy and focus in providing quality health care.

Valeo Behavioral Health Care Announces Expressive Therapies Partnership with NOTO Arts Center
Topeka, KS , 1/7/15 - Valeo Behavioral Health Care announces an exciting new partnership with the NOTO Arts Center. Art and music therapist will begin offering The Creative Wellness Series art classes at the NOTO Arts Center in January. The Creative Wellness Series will use the power of creative arts for personal health and wellbeing. The classes will introduce strategies of using art or music for such topics as stress management, self-care, and positive self-image. Classes will be open to the community. This collaboration will allow both the NOTO Arts Center and Valeo to expand the reach of their programs to offer a unique community service.

Valeo Expressive Therapies Program Manager, Cara Weeks, LCPC, ATR says, We can provide the professional knowledge in expressive therapies to design creative curriculum that promotes the use of the arts for health and well-being. The partnership also gives us the opportunity to introduce new people to the art community.

The Creative Wellness Series is made possible in part by Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission who receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. To view the class schedule and enroll in classes visit NOTOs website:

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