Richard Oliver - North Region 2
Mr. Oliver works at the
Hodge Unit in the Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) with patients
who have intellectual disabilities that may impair their level of
functioning with daily activities. As a Mental Health Case Manager, I
help offenders develop skills to better negotiate the prison environment
and increase their chances for success outside of prison. Many of these
offenders also have serious mental illnesses, making daily life more
challenging. I enjoy working with these offenders, helping them gain a
better understand of their health holistically, and learn to cope with
the symptoms associated with mental illness.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and continue to work
towards a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in hopes of one day
becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I was awarded the
Julia Lawson LEAP Award in 2015 in recognition of my commitment to this
endeavor. I joined the UTMB-CMC family in December of 2012 after working
for a mental health crisis center in East Texas. I currently serve on
the Mental Health Quality Council, the Mental Health Electronic Health
Records (EHR) committee, and the CMC Employee Recognition Committee. I
believe relationships and perseverance are paramount to success, and I
believe these traits are instrumental to my being awarded Employee of
the Year for 2013 and 2014 by my coworkers.
I know all too well the challenges UTMB-CMC staff face working in
the corrections environment. I see on a daily basis the exceptional
people that truly provide Best Care within our state’s prison system.
These employees deserve a strong representative voice that will listen
carefully to their concerns and make sure these concerns are addressed. I
hope to be this representative.