This #TribeTuesday, (or, Thursday) 😄meet Kayona Blackwood, team leader for adult case management at our South Bend campus. Kayona is originally from Jamaica, where she worked as an accountant. “But I hated the office, and I love people,” she said. So she returned to school for a bachelor’s degree in social work. In Jamaica, the mental health system is practically non-existent. There are no community mental health centers, and those with mental illness who are treated in the hospital are usually only treated for physical injuries suffered at the hands of others and rarely received psychotropic medications. Kayona volunteered at the hospital back in her home country. “Back home, to see how people treated those with serious mental illness, it was really, really sad,” she said. She came to the U.S. for her Master of Social Work, and began an internship at Oaklawn. She saw how staff try to help clients get involved in the community, “to help them get housing, to get a job, to help them help themselves. It’s just priceless,” she said.