The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 26, 2012

FYI for 5/27/2012

Enid News and Eagle

Robert M. Greer Center program is accredited

The Robert M. Greer Center, the only state-owned residential treatment facility in Oklahoma that exclusively serves individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, recently was awarded accreditation from National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD), a world leader in providing training and establishing standards for the treatment of the dually diagnosed.

The Achieve NADD accreditation, for the program at Greer — managed by Liberty of Oklahoma Corporation — was evaluated in a number of areas including treatment plans, crisis prevention and intervention, and ethical conduct. The evaluation process includes an extensive survey and records review to determine whether the program reflects the best practices in the field.

“In our quest to provide the greatest value and services for the clients we serve at the Robert M. Greer Center, their families, Oklahoma taxpayers and the state, Liberty of Oklahoma Corporation follows some of the toughest national accreditation standards that are the most applicable to our clients,” said Dr. Hugh M. Sage, the center’s executive director.

“When NADD made its accreditation program available last November, we realized that objective evidence of compliance with those additional standards would be ideally suited to attest to the appropriateness and efficacy of Liberty’s clinical and related practices for our highly specialized client population,” Sage said. “And, in fact, our NADD survey last February produced a number of helpful recommendations for strengthening our program.”

Liberty’s program at the Greer Center is the first to be awarded accreditation from NADD.

“We are pleased that Liberty of Oklahoma/Robert M. Greer Center has received the first NADD Accreditation,” said Dr. Robert J. Fletcher, founder and CEO of NADD. “Liberty of Oklahoma/Robert M. Greer Center has earned the NADD Accreditation by substantially meeting the high standards NADD has established. This designation, the NADD ‘seal of approval,’ indicates that Liberty of Oklahoma/Robert M. Greer Center provides quality services for individuals who have intellectual/developmental disabilities co-occurring with mental illness.”

Edward Jones highest in investor satisfaction

For the sixth year out of the past eight, financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with full-service investment firms based on seven factors: investment advisor, investment performance, account information, account offering, commissions and fees, website and problem resolution.

Edward Jones places its branch offices in the communities where its clients, long-term individual investors, live and work. This practice, which enables its branch teams to provide personalized service to all clients, has helped the firm attain the highest score in the investment adviser category of the study.

“We are gratified that our clients find it convenient to work with us on their long-term financial goals,” Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle said. “We enjoy working one-on-one with our clients and believe that builds a collaborative relationship.”

Edward Jones also received high marks in the account information category.

“Hearing that we did particularly well in the account information factor is especially meaningful as we strive to help our clients make sense of investing,” Weddle said.

Edward Jones’ overall score climbed 15 points over last year, highest among the 14 largest firms rated, as well as 28 points above the industry average.

Edward Jones ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010 and 2009, from 2005 through 2007, and in a tie in 2002, when the study began. Edward Jones in Canada ranked highest in the J.D. Power and Associates Canadian Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study in 2006 through 2008.

The 2012 Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 4,378 investors who primarily invest with one of the 14 firms included in the study. The study was fielded in February 2012.

Bryant joins national law firm

James Sears Bryant, of Enid, has been named of counsel to the national law firm of Wilson, Elser, in its Dallas office. The firm has more than 800 attorneys in 24 cities in the United States and five foreign countries. Bryant practices in the area of higher education and sports law. He was in-house with one of his clients, Union Theological Seminary of New York City, until last year, acting as its vice president and general counsel. Union is affiliated with Columbia University.

Bryant, who will continue to live in Enid, also is an editor of the Journal of College and University Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and a member of Oklahoma Advisory Committee of the United Civil Rights Commission.

Bryant remains a principal in America First, a division of Burlington Capital in Omaha, Neb.

CNB hires Sebranek

Central National Bank has announced it recently hired Austin Sebranek for the position of VP Agricultural Lending.

Sebranek has many years of experience in ag lending, farming and ranching across northwest Oklahoma.

“Austin worked for us as right out of college, and his performance then told us he would make a great lender,” said Lawrence Yunker, SVP. “Having him back with us puts CNB in an even better position for the years to come. He has joined a team of lending experts that are leading us into the future.”

Sebranek graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in agriculture economics. He and his wife, Rebekka, have a 3-year-old son and will welcome another child later this year.

He is in his final year of the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado, the premier graduate community banking school in the country.

KJ productions completes series

KJ Productions recently completed producing a video series for the Made In Oklahoma Coalition featuring Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and her family.

The videos were shot at the Governor’s Mansion in Oklahoma City, where Fallin and her family enjoyed meals made with local products from the MIO Coalition members.

“Buying MIO food products ensures your meals are delicious while helping boost Oklahoma’s economy,” Fallin said. “The local producers provide jobs to 20,000 Oklahomans and their products continue to improve our state’s reputation for quality goods and services.”

You can view the videos at .com/kjproductionstv.

KJ Productions is a national video production company based in Enid.