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April 23, 2013 by Bob Nikkel, MSW

The Words We Use…

David Romprey walked up to me one day when I was in the middle of planning the next new 16-bed facility in a community setting for people who were in our state hospitals in Oregon. Progress was in the making.He asked why I called these places 16-“bed” facilities. Answering matter-of-factly what seemed obvious, I replied that these residences, nicely furnished in pleasant neighborhoods, had 16 beds. Looking me straight in the eye, as he always did, David asked me, “Do you think we’re lying around prostrate all the time?”

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April 16, 2013 by Gina Nikkel, PhD, President & CEO

Notes from Vegas: National Council Annual Conference 2013

National Council Conference April 8-10, 2013. Las Vegas, NV

For those of you who have never been to a National Council Conference, it really is a masterpiece to behold. Jeannie Campbell, the National Council’s assistant director, runs a tight ship and since she came to the National Council from the Navy she knows how to do that. It is almost overwhelming.

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