College of Social Work Inducts Two Into Hall of Fame
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2013) — Crystal Collins-Camargo, associate professor at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work and Beth Mills, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) commissioner of social services, will be inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Social Work's annual Hall of Fame ceremony Thursday, May 16.
In 1999, the College of Social Work inducted its first members into the Hall of Fame. Since then, each year the college recognizes the distinguished accomplishments of Social Work Alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the field of social work. These individuals are deemed outstanding in the profession by their colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of their peers.
Collins-Camargo teaches at the UL Kent School of Social Work and conducts research in the areas of child welfare, organizational interventions and juvenile court systems. She was formerly clinical assistant professor at the UK College of Social Work and was engaged in a variety of grant-funded research, education and service projects in child welfare.
Collins-Camargo was director of the National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services, a knowledge development initiative that involves multi-site research assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of provision of child welfare services by private organizations, and the nature of the public/private partnership required in such an approach. She also directed the Southern Regional Quality Improvement Center for Child Protection, which worked in a 10-state region to promote knowledge development through research and demonstration projects focusing on the impact of clinical supervision on agency and client outcomes in child welfare. She has been principal investigator for several studies regarding the Kentucky court system’s effectiveness in responding to abused and neglected children and their families, and organizational interventions to improve permanency for children in out-of-home care.
Before coming to UK, she was formerly program director for Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, and worked in the public child protection system as a worker, supervisor and statewide specialist.
Mills earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work at UK. She is a certified social worker (CSW) with a varied practice experience over the past 34 years.
Mills began her career as a social worker on the Kentucky Adult Protective Services team in Fayette County in 1978. Since that time, she was the first director of the Lexington Senior Citizens Center and then the division director of LFUCG Adult and Tenant Services. In 2004, Mills left local government to become a clinical faculty member at the UK College of Social Work. Her position was director of field education where she oversaw the internships of both BASW and MSW students.
In February 2011, Mills returned to city hall when Mayor Jim Gray appointed her as the LFUCG commissioner of social services. The department has a $7 million dollar budget and serves infants, teen mothers, court ordered youth, homeless adults and senior citizens. The department also awards $2 million in grants to community private nonprofits on an annual basis.
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