Mary Rolando to Join Restructured DCS Team

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 6:12am

Mary Rolando to Join Restructured DCS Team
Commissioner Henry Names Child Health Veteran as Health Advocacy Director

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jim Henry today announced that Mary Rolando will serve as the department’s Health Advocacy Director, effective July 2, 2013. The Health Advocacy Director is responsible for assisting DCS to ensure that medically necessary health care is accessed and provided to children and youth in state custody.

“Mary is very familiar with our work at DCS and will be an incredible asset to our team,” Henry said. “Her work at Vanderbilt’s Center of Excellence and years of experience as a policy analyst give her the knowledge and skills we need to help our children and youth.”

Ms. Rolando will serve as the department’s liaison with the Bureau of TennCare, assist DCS in developing implementation plans to improve TennCare covered services and coordinate the Centers of Excellence network.

This position falls under the department’s new Division of Child Health, announced in April as part of the new organizational structure. Child Health, led by Deputy Commissioner Thomas Cheetham, MD, also oversees the child death review process, safety analysis, nursing, psychology and education.

“Mary is responsible for one of our most important tasks – ensuring our children have access to healthcare they need and deserve,” Dr. Cheetham said. “Her dedication to Tennessee’s children is clear, and we are delighted to have her on board.”

“I’m honored to join the team at DCS and to be responsible for such an important endeavor,” Ms. Rolando said. “The department provides an invaluable service to Tennessee’s children, and I look forward to being a part of its continued development.”

Ms. Rolando comes to DCS from the Vanderbilt University Center of Excellence for Children and Youth In or at Risk of State Custody, where she was responsible for an external review of DCS’ Quality Service Review program and High Reliability Organizing Learning Collaborative. While there, she served as the COE’s representative to the Council on Children’s Mental Health, Tennessee Autism Summit Team, Infant Mental Health Initiative and the Tennessee Integrated Court Screening and Referral Project.

Ms. Rolando’s career includes time in state government serving in the Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination and as Assistant Commissioner of Mental Health Services in the former Tennessee Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation. She holds a master’s degree in behavior modification programs and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University.

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