Monday, September 22, 2008



Missouri Deaf Community is very disappointed and is questioning DMH's motive in hiring a sign language interpreter for the Director position at Department of Mental Health. Historically the deaf community does NOT trust an interpreter in any positions of any work. The Deaf community prefers that a non-interpreter be in a position. There is no confidence in the process of selection and hiring.

DMH is again abdicating its responsibility in meeting the needs of our deaf community. They went ahead and selected a sign language interpreter to fill in the post of Director of Deaf and Multi-Cultural Services.

It is them doing the window dressing all over again. They are still playing the shell game. They are trying to use plantation mentality in telling us to go to the Legislators who determine the budget. It is like saying, "There is candy in that store. Go there!... It is like they are trying to move the funds around and around to satisfy the hearing people's wishes rather than helping us. I have said months ago that it is time to initiate the lawsuit. We are not going to wait another day. We have suffered for the last few years without any proper mental health services for the deaf.

I do applaud the deaf leaders for making presentations last week at DMH, but the buck stops at DMH's desk. It is not the legislation nor outsiders of DMH. DMH has the money and they are still playing the shell game. We need the services now. Not two years from now! More Deaf are falling through the cracks now and the next two years. Where is our safety net?

We need to read between the lines over and over! It is simple that DMH is again bluffing us!

Those who are interested in serving mental health services for the deaf, please let me know. I will be happy to move the mountains and the buildings to see that a qualified person gets the job. We sincerely hope the interpreter can turn down the job as it is not qualified for that person.

I have checked the deaf media resources and I did not see any posting so I am including this posting. I warn you that the person I e-mailed a few months agao never answered my question about the degree requirements. She failed to answer my question so be it! E-mail me your resumes and I will forward to the right people on the grassroots committee.

E-mail to me at

Thank you,

Paul Kiel
St. Louis, Missouri


Job Announcement from DMH:

Director of Deaf and Multi-Cultural Services

The Missouri Department of Mental Health has an immediate opening for an individual to provide leadership in the development of appropriate mental health services for individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing, or, who have other unique cultural/linguistic needs.

The successful incumbent will:

Provide leadership and oversight for the implementation of the strategic plan for deaf services within the Department of Mental Health;

Work with members of the deaf community to identify the available resources and unmet needs relative to mental health;

Work with leadership within the Department to develop an awareness of the unique needs of the deaf population;

Develop systems within the Department and its administrative agents to appropriately address the mental health needs of the population;

Work closely with the Missouri School for the Deaf to assess and address the mental health needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Assess the system capability in Missouri to address the mental health needs of the multi-cultural population of the state (Hispanic, Bosnian, Asian, etc.)

Work with leadership within those communities to develop a strategic plan to address the mental health needs of these populations.

This is a Merit System Position- Mental Health Manager B2. Applicants must be registered with the Missouri Merit System. The Merit System application and Assessment may be found at HYPERLINK ""

EEO/AA Employer

Salary Range: $44,340 - $73,704

Availability: Immediate

For More Information or to Submit a Letter of Interest and Resume Contact:
Ms. Kelly McDonald of the Missouri Department of Mental Health




What: MoAD's Presentation: In Search of Deafhood

When: November 1, 2008

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Place: GSLAD Hall
2190 Creve Coeur Mill Road
Maryland Heights, Missouri 63043

(You can google information and directions to the GSLAD Hall)

Admission: NO CHARGE

Lunch: Lunch will be provided to the workshop participants: (sandwich, chips and a cookie) - Those who reserved by October 15th will get lunch. Those who reserved after October 15th may or may not get lunch.

Please register with Beth Williams at

The deadline to accept registration is October 15, 2008.

Seating is limited!

There will be several free door prizes announced during the day and a major door prize after the workshop.

--Those who have registered for workshop will be getting printed tickets in e-mail during the week of October 19 and 25. This will help avoid long lines for registration. We are making registration simple for those who have made registration by October 15th.--

The workshop is made possible by the following sponsors -

* MoAD (Missouri Association of the Deaf)

* MCDHH (Missouri Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

* GSLAD (Greater St. Louis Association of the Deaf)

* MOVRS/CSDVRS (Missouri Video Relay Services/Communication Service for the Deaf Video Relay Services)

* RTR/DCC (St. Lous Metro Round Table Represenatatives on Deafness, Inc / Deaf Community Center)

* GSLC (Greater St. Louis Chapter of MoAD)

*Deaf Images

If you would like to help sponsor or donate to cover the free admission, food and other expenses, please contact Paul Kiel, Chairman at

Thank you,

Deafhood Committee

September 22, 2008


Wednesday, September 10, 2008


A DVD/video storyof a deaf man raised in hearing society until he discovered American Sign Language. For more information, e-mail to


Hello, I am Paul Kiel, Chairman of Deafhood workshop for MoAD. MoAD is Missouri Association of the Deaf Inc. The workshop will be on November 1, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. It is titled,"MoAD's Presentation In Search of Deafhood" The presentors are Ella Mae Lentz and Genie Gertz. I want to thank the sponsors for helping us get this far. MoAD, GSLAD, Deaf Images and MCDHH. MoAD - Missouri Association of the Deaf Inc., GSLAD - Greater St. Louis Association of the Deaf, Inc. MCDHH is Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The cost of admission is FREE. No charge as the sponsors help cover the costs. The lunch is included. Please register with Beth Williams at The seating is limited. Register before October 15, 2008. There are hotels around the deaf club for out of towners. If you have any questions or concerns, e-mail to me at

See you on November 1, 2008! =)