Health and Family Services Cabinet
Lee Specialty Clinic Opens Doors
Clinic named in honor of Rep. Jimmie Lee to Serve Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Louisville, Ky. (June 11, 2014) - Governor Steve Beshear and state Rep. Jimmie Lee, of Elizabethtown, joined Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes and behavioral health advocates today for the opening of a new health care clinic created specifically to meet the needs of individuals with behavioral and intellectual disabilities.
The Lee Specialty Clinic, named in honor of Rep. Lee, is located at Bingham Gardens, a group of residential facilities in Louisville. The state-of-the-art clinic will provide a variety of health care services, such as primary care, dentistry, psychiatry, clinical psychology, behavioral analysis, crisis intervention and therapeutic services. Patients of the clinic also will have access to a wide network of medical and dental specialists and sub-specialists.
“Unlike any clinical program in existence anywhere in the country, the Lee Specialty Clinic is the only interdisciplinary patient care, teaching and research program exclusively serving patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Gov. Beshear. “This is a great step forward in terms of being able to better serve the residents of Bingham Gardens – and for the entire spectrum of behavioral health in Kentucky.”
“I’m deeply honored to have this clinic named after me, but I’m more proud of what it will be able to do for those Kentuckians who depend heavily on these services,” said Rep. Jimmie Lee, of Elizabethtown. “The progress we have made in this field over the last decade or two is phenomenal, but there is still a lot of work in front of us. My hope is that the lessons we learn from this clinic will help lead the way.”
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Gov. Beshear was presented with the inaugural “Exceptional Governor's Award” from Exceptional Parent Magazine, a publication targeted to parents of individuals with intellectual and behavioral health needs. During the governor’s award presentation, the publication noted the award’s very creation was inspired by Gov. Beshear’s support of the Lee Specialty Clinic.
“Nowhere is the problem and shame of health care disparities made more significant than in the special needs community,” the publication noted. “The need for competent, comprehensive and collaborative health care for this marginalized population has not only been recognized by Gov. Beshear, but it has been responded to.”
The Lee Specialty Clinic will serve adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live at home with their families, or in a variety of residential settings throughout the Commonwealth, including intermediate care facilities, community homes and independent living homes.
Administered by Drs. Matthew Holder and Henry Hood, the facility will offer the highest quality health care and most advanced training experiences in the fields of developmental medicine and developmental dentistry.
“We are extremely excited today to recognize Rep. Lee for his long-standing commitment to individuals with behavioral health needs and celebrate the opening of the Lee clinic that bears his name,” said Secretary Haynes. “These last few years have brought challenging economic times, but Gov. Beshear has fought to improve health care for all Kentuckians. We have been able to broaden access to care across the state, but we’ve also fought to enhance resources and services for our most vulnerable populations. That is what today is about.”
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.