Honoring 100 for the 100th: Ina Javellas

Photo of Ina JavellasBorn in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Ms. Ina Javellas was raised in the finest traditions of progressive thought and action, preparing her well for the subsequent choice of a profession that demands much of its practitioners emotionally, intellectually, and ethically. On January 26, 2013, Ms. Javellas was named recipient of the first Chief Wilma Mankiller Symposium award. She was described as a model of professionalism in the social work profession who emulates the essence of Chief Mankiller’s commitment to people. The symposium program content reflected what both Chief Mankiller and NASW Pioneer Javellas value: mental health practice that exemplifies the value of the individual who is biologically, socially, and culturally situated as a unique and motivated whole person. The title of the symposium was consistent with commitments to celebrate the achievements that recognized the importance of advancing clinical, administrative, community, and policy practice as a whole ethical system of practice. The same practice system was recognized as consistent with the work of Chief Wilma Mankiller, and Ms. Javellas has realized it throughout her career.

In 2001, Ms. Javellas was named as the recipient of NASW Social Work Pioneer award. This award recognized her contributions to social work and to the advancement of the profession’s values.

Ina Javellas, ACSW, LCSW, DCSW, is known in the “Sooner State” as a Pioneer in social work and mental health services. She has been a leader in the development of services throughout Oklahoma. She is both a catalyst and a “doer” whom has worked effectively with community groups, professional organizations, legislative and political bodies, and voluntary and public agencies.

Ms. Javellas’s social work career began in 1958 when she became a staff psychiatric social worker at the Central State Griffin Memorial Hospital. She was later assigned to develop social service programs in another state hospital and an institution for the intellectually disabled. In 1965, she joined the state office as Administrator of the Community Mental Health Clinic Program. From 1978-1980, Ms. Javellas served as Deputy Director of the Community Mental Health Program in the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health. In this position, she had extensive responsibilities for coordinating state development with federal community mental health mandates and the Oklahoma State Advisory Council for Mental Health Services.

For the past two decades, Ms. Javellas has been a consultant to many mental health programs and other human service agencies in Oklahoma. She was instrumental in helping several communities develop community mental health centers. For thirty years, she has been a social work surveyor with the CMS (HCFA) Psychiatric Facility Survey Program which surveys compliance of mental hospitals with Medicare/Medicaid provider standards. She was one of the first psychiatric social workers selected to participate on these teams when the survey program was initiated by the National Institute of Mental Health in cooperation with the newly established Medicare program. She has helped to develop specialized training manuals and survey protocols for this program.

Throughout her career, Ms. Javellas has been a leader in local, state, and national social work and mental health groups. One example is her pro bono work with the rescue efforts and follow-up with victims and their families after the Oklahoma City Bombing (1995). Immediately after the bombing, she worked as a volunteer with the ARC and Salvation Army to assist family members of the victims. Later she served as a planner and facilitator with the Oklahoma City Long Range Bombing and Response Committee and with the FEMA funded disaster relief and mental health services (1995-1998). Ms. Javellas served as the first chair of the Board of Visitors for the School of Social Work. She also served as a consultant to the Oklahoma Licensure Board of Social Workers in 1988-2005. She was nominated and selected for the School of Social Work Hall of Fame. In 2009, Ms. Javellas was recognized by the Graduate College’s “Pillar of Distinction” for completing 50 years practice since graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1958. She was also recognized for the College of Arts Distinguished Alumni award in 2014. Ms. Javellas is now the chairman for the Continuing Education Program at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work.

Ms. Javellas is skillful in working with the political processes required to establish mental health services, social work standards, and social work licensing. She has been active in the Oklahoma Chapter of the NASW, and has provided leadership to numerous committees and conferences. She was named Social Worker of the Year by the Oklahoma Chapter in 1970 and again in 1996.

Ms. Javellas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Oklahoma.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Charlotte Kendrick wrote:
Ina I so value your mentorship to me during my time on the NASW board. You are an inspiration!

Fri, April 14, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

2. sharon neuwald wrote:
Ina showed great leadership with the Founding Board of Visitors. So impressed with her professionally and personally

Thu, September 7, 2017 @ 11:18 AM

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