Helen Ross McNabb Center named Field Agency of the Year

(CHATANOOGA, Tenn.) The University of Tennessee Chattanooga Social Work Program recently recognized Helen Ross McNabb Center as Field Agency of the Year. The Center frequently partners with UTC’s social work program and its students to help improve the lives of children and families in the Greater Chattanooga Area.

“We are honored to be recognized as Field Agency of the Year,” said Gayle Lodato, senior director of Greater Chattanooga Area services. “The Helen Ross McNabb Center staff exemplify the standards needed to help individuals in need throughout the community.”

Lodato has supervised students in UTC’s Social Work Program since 2015 and participated in the program’s accreditation process.

In addition to this recognition, Andrea Fuchs, supportive living team leader for Helen Ross McNabb Center, was named Student of the Year by UTC’s social work program. Fuchs has been on staff with the Center for one year and graduated from UTC with a master’s degree in social work.

“The learning opportunities have an immense impact on the type of social worker the students aspire to be,” said April Wilson, LMSW, clinical instructor in the Social Work Department. “Through great guidance and the display of exemplary service, the experience at HRMC shapes and molds our students into competent social workers. We are so fortunate to be a part of all of the great things happening at HRMC and we appreciate the extension of their expertise to our students.”

The Center offers numerous services in the Greater Chattanooga Area, including outpatient behavioral health and case management for children and adults, supportive housing, school-based services and intensive outpatient co-occurring services. The Center operates the only free-standing children’s behavioral health clinic in Chattanooga.

Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates more than 70 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 865‐637‐9711.

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