in Virginia prior to 1960:
Girl Scout leader, Parent Teacher’s Association volunteer, Waynesboro
Community Hospital Auxiliary president, Waynesboro Community Hospital
volunteer director, Rosecliff Garden Club president, president of Grace
Lutheran Church Women.
Civic activities in Florida
prior to 1977:
Public-relations representative for Pinellas county public school teachers’
Recruited, trained, installed, and managed 100 Candy Stripers in Mound
Park Hospital in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Resigned from First Vice Presidency
of Saint Petersburg League of Women Voters in 1978 to devote full time
as an advocate for appropriate expenditure of public funds utilized for
delivery of social services to severely mentally ill individuals.
Independent volunteer advocate
activities February 1978 to the present:
Organized and oversaw incorporation of Association for Mending Minds,
Inc. in 1978.
Loaned purchase money to AMM for house on First Avenue North in Saint
Petersburg. Volunteers staffed the house that was a drop-in center for
mentally ill individuals, their families, and support system members.
Later, lobbying for Open-Door Center funding was successful for locating
drop-in centers in other areas.
AMM placed collection jars in stores for “change” funds to
disprove the belief that citizens will not support mentally ill individuals.
Jars were successful fund collectors.
AMM community center staff was made up of volunteers who did not have
mentally ill family members. This disproved once again that community
citizens are indifferent to the needs of severely mentally ill people.
Met Senator Bob Graham in 1977 during his first campaign for Florida governor.
Senator Graham was responsive to concerns regarding fragmented unfriendly
delivery of human services in the state of Florida. When Governor Graham
was elected, opportunities became available to become a statewide advocate.
The National Alliance for Mentally Ill Persons was developing with duplication
of some Association for Mending Minds, Inc. goals.
AMM was discontinued with hopes to support NAMI efforts by acquiring accountable,
direct, personalized case management services for mentally ill Floridians
wanting to learn community living and marketplace vocational skills.
In 1980, after securing endorsements, Senator Harry Johnston and Representative
Marilyn Evans-Jones sponsored passage of Florida Statute 394.4573. Hundreds
of case manager positions were funded, and the seeds were sown for creation
of a statewide Continuity of Care Management System in communities to
be in close conjunction with community entities and families to obtain
common sense quality assistance for those willing to strive for better
September 1984-Assembled Florida
members of NAMI to organize statewide FL NAMI.
There was refining legislation
in 1983, 1984, and 1989 to perfect and enhance a Continuity of Care Management
System. CCMS was performed without bureaucratic red tape and poor policies
for delivery of human services.
The proof in the pudding occurred when Kenneth and Maxene Kleier, as volunteer
administrators of a CCMS project from 1992–1996, established neighborhood
networks of care managers who worked directly with individuals, using
their cars as offices. Challenges were met without useless waiting periods
or needless paper shuffling.
In 1996, funds were denied to the CCMS project due to efforts of nonprofit
service providers who wanted the care manager positions for their entities,
politicians who refused to hear the pleas of persons being served, politicians
who preferred to fund personal turkeys and/or maintain patronage positions,
and some entrenched bureaucrats hidden behind comfortable desks. Many
bureaucrats are unwilling to shift work positions to direct in-community
contact positions so that people can be helped more effectively.
Other volunteer activities:
Chairman of SHRAC (Statewide Human Rights Committee)
Chairman of Florida Council of Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health
Advisor to Florida House of Representatives Subcommittee for Mental Health
Member of Governor’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities
Member of Governor’s Task Force on Community Mental Health
Advisor to HRS Inspector-General’s Task Force on Evaluation of Florida
Community Mental Health Centers
Establishment of a statewide network of facilitators to expedite communication
between state and district social service offices. Policies and training
approved and monitored by office of HRS Secretary.
Various official roles in Florida Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
Testimony in 1982 on the insanity plea before the Subcommittee on Criminal
Law, Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate.
Consistent and ongoing volunteer lobbying to date for:
Accountable appropriation of public funds by legislative bodies,
Monitoring of public funds for accountability, and
Elimination of unseemly and expensive bureaucratic processes by intelligent
application of common sense to simplistic methodologies to help people
as opposed to creation of fragmented complex convoluted networks of workers
busy with minutiae rather than practical applications to serious considerations
of human needs