Pam Womack, MHC
Mental Health Cooperative
More than 20 years ago, Pam Womack co-founded Mental Health Cooperative (MHC), which today serves 25,000 people annually across nine locations. What led up to the launch of the cooperative was Womack’s broad career experiences in establishing targeted case management and mobile crisis services, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations. She has created a specialized model of care for those in poverty who also have mental illnesses, offering case management, psychiatry, mobile crisis services, 24-hour walk-in assistance, and integrated care. As the behavioral health community aims to collaborate with other health specialties, Womack is taking a proactive approach. In June 2013 under her leadership, MHC formed the Integrated Health Cooperative, which provides primary care for clients who do not have an established family physician. The goal is for the cooperative to achieve health home designation.
“She carries the flag for people whose voices are rarely heard because they are struggling with mental illness and are often homeless, imprisoned or terminally ill,” says Trisha Keehn, director of communications and marketing for MHC.