AFSCME Iowa Council 61 - Every Day. Everywhere. Making Iowa Better.

We Are Your Neighbors: Mike Nixon, Cherokee, Local 2993

I took the job at CCUSO after working for the State of South Dakota for 5 years. I relocated to Cherokee, Iowa and commuted back and forth to Iowa City on a weekly basis until the CCUSO program relocated permanently to the Cherokee MHI campus. I am married with a wife Jennifer, and 4 children, Zach 19, Derek 14, Cooper 3, and Anna 1. I am an active member of the Cherokee community in many ways. I am a substitute teacher and have subbed in the middle schools and high school in Cherokee on my days off. I also volunteer for the Cherokee Police Department. I also am an active member with Pheasants Forever and Whitetails Unlimited. I am active in the youth sports programs and help coach baseball, basketball, and football programs throughout the year.

I am a psychiatric security specialist and have been with the CCUSO program since March of 2003. I help to maintain a safe facility and working environment for myself, coworker, and the Cherokee community on a daily basis through security checks, conducting unit counts, maintaining discipline on the unit, supervise patient jobs and visitations. Provide patient care and treatment by implementing program policies and procedures and by assisting in the conduct of therapeutic activities in conjunction with psychological support. I escort patients throughout the facility, to and from group and individual treatments, meals, and supervise them during their recreation time. I also transport patients to local medical appointments as well as medical appointments to Iowa City and also when they need to stay overnight. I participate in patient evaluations, treatment team meetings, staff meetings, staff development meetings. I communicate with my co-workers, supervisors, and local law enforcement. I have knowledge of the legal complexities and the emotional impact of civil commitment procedures upon patient’s committed for treatment of sex offending propensities.

Working at CCUSO has allowed me and my family to purchase a home in the community where I work. This job allows me to provide for my son, who is a freshman at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Being in Cherokee allows my 3 year old son to participate in an all-day preschool at ECLC in Cherokee. This job allows me to provide health insurance for my family. It also allows me to have a steady schedule and lets me be home on a nightly basis with my family. This job also lets me support the local businesses. Being in Cherokee and working at CCUSO allows to raise our family in the small town environment with family close by and a great school system. The community has lots to offer with a great medical center, wellness center, variety of shops and restaurants as well as great schools and great people.

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