The new head of Kentucky's Health and Family Services cabinet, Ms. Audrey Haynes, met with 30 representatives of the 250 entities who belong to the consumer advocates' coalition, Kentucky Voices for Health. Only two weeks into the job, Ms. Haynes demonstrated a mastery of many important details and situations. Her own history as a trained social worker with ample policy and political experience also equips her to serve. The participants were sobered about the challenges ahead as we talked about the magnitude of substance abuse issues in Kentucky.
Pictured in the photograph from foreground leftward to the room's back are: Rich Seckel of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, Jodi Mitchell of Kentucky Voices for Health, Secretary Haynes, Sheila Schuster of the Advocacy Action Network, and David Allgood of the Center for Accessible Living.