After an intensive stint in operations at a leading New Jersey community mental health services agency, Tom Pyle has returned to PsychOdyssey to continue full-time advocacy and support work with families in the maelstrom of mental illness.
After directing operations since early 2014 for Bridgeway Rehabiliation Services in Elizabeth, NJ, on September 8 Tom concluded his Bridgeway engagement. “It’s been a fabulous experience with a great outfit, a perfect post-graduate experience,” Tom noted in reference to his master’s degree in psychiatric rehabilitation received prior to joining Bridgeway. “I’m grateful to Cory Storch and all my friends at Bridgeway for the opportunity to work first-hand with all the operating challenges–and struggles–facing publicly-funded mental health agencies today.”
There were no shortage of such challenges. At Bridgeway Tom’s portfolio including Bridgeway’s departments of billing, business intelligence, electronic health record, human resources, information technology, and property management. During his operations tenure Tom helped Bridgeway achieved significant progress in rationalizing its billing systems, upgrading its agency IT infrastructure, attaining “meaningful use” goals for its electronic health record system, instituting a new employee health insurance program, reorganizing its property management department, and funding and implementing a series of significant renovation projects for Bridgeway’s Partial Care facility in Elizabeth.
“My Bridgeway experience has helped me understand so much better what agencies must endure”, Tom continued. “It will help me immeasurably to be a better advocate for loved ones receiving such state-funded services–and, of course, their families.” To that end, Tom will be joining the mental health advocacy community’s “Hill Day” in Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 6, to lobby members of Congress on a variety of mental health issues. With more time now available, Tom also looks forward to directing more focus to the PsychOdyssey’s services, especially its website. “It desperately needs updating, which I am glad now to have more time to do,” he added.