DCF Press Release


State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist
Governor

Robert A. Butterworth
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Al Zimmerman
August 30, 2007 (850) 488-4855

STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SECRETARY BOB BUTTERWORTH

Regarding the Appointment of Dr. Kate Lyon as the Department's Director of Mental Health

"I know mental health advocates throughout the state gladly join me today in welcoming Dr. Kate Lyon to the Department of Children and Families as the newly appointed Director of Mental Health. We're fortunate to have someone with Dr. Lyon's experience join our team, especially at a time when improving Florida's mental health treatment system is of great priority. We successfully overhauled our forensic mental health system earlier this year, and under Dr. Lyon's leadership, we'll be able to maintain that momentum as we work to strengthen mental health programs and services on the state and community levels."

"With Dr. Lyon's background as a clinical psychologist, and her proven leadership in her most recent position as Vice-President of the Florida Council for Community Mental Health, we are prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead, and to provide Floridians with mental illness the quality care they are entitled to and deserve."


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