Obituary for Dr. S. J. Pickens

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Dr. S. J. Pickens passed away unexpectadly of natural causes on October 21, 2017. Dr. Pickens was born in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, June 11, 1944 to Mildred Lurene Shields and Sidney James Toombs Sr. Dr. Pickens grew up on the 2100 block of Diamond Street and the 2400 block of 29th Street in Philadelphia. Dr. Pickens and her big brother Sidney spent summers with their grandparents in Wilberforce, Ohio where his grandfather Norwood Shields was a professor of agriculture at Central State College. Dr. Pickens' mother Mildred was born in 1907 in Langston, Oklahoma where her grandfather was a professor of agriculture at Langston College. Her grandfather Norwood Shields later moved from Langston to Wilberforce, Ohio where her grandfather was a professor of agriculture at Central State College. Dr. Pickens and her brother Sidney loved to spend summers with their grandparents in Wilberforce.


Green Spring Health Services, Inc. recently named Sunday June Pickens, M.D., as vice president of physician services, where she will supervise medical directors of several local Green Spring operations.

Dr. Pickens additionally serves as the medical director of Green Spring's national on-call services (where close to half of Green Spring's admissions are reviewed), and the training of physician advisors. For the past six years, Dr. Pickens has worked as a private contractor for Green Spring, serving as interim medical director for the Rhode Island, Western Pennsylvania and Georgia operations.

Before joining Green Spring, Dr. Pickens was president of Pickens Comprehensive Health Services, a health care company serving the inmate population of the Baltimore City Jail. Dr. Pickens also has worked for almost 10 years in direct clinical educational and administrative positions for the state of Maryland at Springfield and Spring Grove Hospital Centers.

She is a board member of Friends Psychiatric Research Associates; is the past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America, Maryland Chapter, past president of Maryland Black Faculty and Staff, an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a member of the American Psychiatric Association and Southern Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pickens received her B.S. degree from Temple University. She earned both her M.Ed. and M.D. degrees from the University of Maryland. While in residency at the University of Maryland's Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, she was selected as a Falk Fellow and is the recipient of the Brody Award.

Headquartered in Columbia, Md., Green Spring Health Services manages mental health and substance abuse services for over 12 million people nationwide. The company provides utilization management, care management and employee assistance programs through a 50-state provider network that includes more than 32,000 providers. Green Spring's clients, which represent more than 50,000 employer groups, are in the private and public sectors, including Fortune 1000 companies, HMOs, PPOs, Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations, Medicaid programs, and state and municipal employee programs. Green Spring is majority owned by Magellan Health Services (AMEX: MGL), a Fortune 1000 company and the country's largest integrated behavioral health care company.