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Renita Foxx is named August 2011 Chatham County Employee of the Month

Posted Monday, August 1, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - The August 2011 Chatham County Employee of the Month is Renita Foxx, the Substance Abuse Manager. Renita has been with Chatham County for four and a half years. Here is an excerpt from her nomination form:

Reason for Nomination: As the Substance Abuse Manager, Renita works tirelessly to provide substance abuse services to firsttime drug offenders. As a result, the outcomes of Chatham County 360 in Chatham are significantly better than those in Orange County/Chapel Hill.

With the changes in the mental health system, it is essential that Chatham County offenders have access to high quality substance abuse treatment programs. Renita has worked to improve her skills by obtaining additional certifications and licenses that expand her ability to serve her clients and other offenders.

At the request of the County Manager’s Office, Renita has conducted all of the research needed to prepare the county to take on the Criminal Justice Partnership Program, which was formerly run by Freedom House in Orange County and did not adequately serve Chatham County. Because Renita has the necessary certifications, Chatham County will be able to bid on providing the service and, if successful, ensure Chatham offenders have the services they need.

The managing Assistant District Attorney often relies on Renita’s advice in court in determining what services offenders should receive, a duty that is outside her current job description but that she is able to provide because of her credentials. In short, Renita is a tremendous asset to the court system and the county in ensuring substance abuse treatment for offenders.

In what way does this employee demonstrate Employee of the Month criteria?

An evaluation of Chatham County 360 in FY 2010 found that:

• Renita single-handedly served almost as many clients as Orange County, which has 2 employees performing the same function.

• At 81.5%, Renita’s successful completion rate is very high for drug-treatment programs and much higher than Orange County’s rate of 66.9%.

• The per-client cost of Chatham County 360 in Chatham costs almost one-half of what Orange County’s program costs.

Court personnel surveyed consistently ranked Chatham County 360 ahead of other substance abuse treatment programs in the county in terms of terminating clients in a timely fashion, coordinating well with court system personnel, communicating client problems in a timely manner, client outcomes, client services, other access to services, and responsiveness in court.

Since her employment with Chatham County, Renita has obtained the following degrees, licenses, and certifications:

• Masters of Science in Community Agency Counseling, NC A&T University

• National Counselor Certification

• Licensed Clinical Additions Specialist

• Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor (provisional)

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