Tenenbaum stepping down from longtime role at PCSAO
With a mix of sadness and gratitude, the PCSAO staff announce that Gayle Channing Tenenbaum will be stepping down at the end of October from her longtime role as PCSAO’s director of policy and governmental affairs.
PCSAO has created a special online guestbook so that colleagues, friends and admirers can wish her well in this new adventure.
As one of PCSAO’s founding leaders and a nationally known child advocate, Gayle has worn many hats over the years and will continue to serve in an advisory capacity with PCSAO. But she has been offered an amazing opportunity and sees now as a good time to step away from her full-time commitment here.
In addition to her well-known work on child protection, Gayle has become a leading advocate for children’s behavioral health, having created the PCSAO Behavioral Health Leadership Group four years ago and produced three annual behavioral health summits. Now she can turn her full attention to that work as The Center for Community Solutions establishes a new Center for Medicaid Policy. The focus of the center will be research and policy development to support the critical role of public and private health safety-net providers delivering care to the Medicaid population in Northeast Ohio. The Center for Medicaid Policy will build upon Community Solutions’ strength in applied research, policy analysis, advocacy, and convening in order to move a positive Northeast Ohio Medicaid agenda forward. Once funding has been secured, Gayle will serve as a consultant to the center and help guide its work related to children and behavioral health.
This is a perfect fit for Gayle to parlay her passion into a project with a larger scope and reach. Though sad to see her go, PCSAO is grateful that she will continue to be a strong partner with PCSAO and on behalf of child protection as she assumes her new role. Gayle will also continue her work as a Fellow at the Voinovich School at Ohio University, including teaching public policy at the graduate level and working on other special projects. She will be deeply missed at PCSAO, but we know we will continue to work closely together on such projects as the transition into managed care for foster youth, adopted youth and behavioral health care.
Please join us as we celebrate Gayle’s long tenure at PCSAO, all of her contributions to this organization, and her amazing achievements for Ohio’s children and families. Sign Gayle’s guestbook and share your special appreciation of Gayle.