GENESEO, N.Y., Jan. 4, 2024 — Kristen Fisher, Livingston County’s Director of Community Services, is the latest County employee to have benefited from the National Association of Counties’ High Performance Leadership Academy after having recently completed the 12-week online course.
“Prioritizing professional development is not just a strategic initiative, it’s a commitment to providing our residents with the highest quality of service and care,” added Ian M. Coyle, Livingston County Administrator. “Investing in the growth and skills of our staff directly results in improved outcomes for the individuals and families we serve here in Livingston County.”
The intensive High Performance Leadership Academy provides frontline county government professionals with practical leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities across the U.S. The robust curriculum was developed by the Professional Development Academy in partnership with Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders and world-renowned academics and thought leaders, including General Colin Powell and Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. The High Performance Leadership Academy was designed specifically for the unique challenges and opportunities faced by those serving in county government.
“I am a more engaged and reflective leader based on what I learned in the High Performance Leadership Academy,” added Fisher. “I've also learned that the best leaders empower their team members, and I plan to provide more opportunities for staff to grow as leaders in their own right.”
Fisher, who oversees Mental Health and Community Services through the Livingston County Department of Health, joined the County in February 2023 prior to serving as a site administrator and assistant director of adult services with Wyoming County Mental Health where she was responsible for leading and developing all assisted outpatient treatment services in Wyoming County. Furthermore, she coordinated community education related to mental illness, access to services and served as the chair of the Wyoming County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Fisher also coordinated Wyoming County’s adult single point of access team to ensure that adults had a link to services for mental health challenges.
Since assuming the reins at Livingston County Mental Health, Fisher has fully staffed the County’s clinics in an effort to provide prompt services to members of the community including walk-in appointments. Additionally, Fisher has maximized funding received through Opioid settlements from the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports to expand participation in the SUNY Geneseo LIVES program, an initiative that provides students with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities the opportunity to become more independent, as well as learn vocational and educational skills within an inclusive community. Funding has also been used to add a Youth Peer Advocate to the County’s Children’s Single Point of Access Committee and is being used to provide assistance for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder at the Livingston County Jail.
Looking ahead to 2024, Fisher plans to facilitate the addition of therapeutic support to law enforcement calls involving mental health concerns, which will reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and increase linkages to local clinics.
Fisher’s graduation from NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy is just one example of the initiatives being undertaken by the County to provide professional development for its workforce. In addition to online training, the County has prioritized continuing educational opportunities, which are being implemented through its Training and Professional Development office.
For more information regarding the High Performance Leadership Program, please visit the National Association of Counties website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is home to more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.