As behavioral health care evolves, so have the National Council Awards of Excellence. The esteemed Awards of Excellence have grown to be a foundation for inspiration and change. Comprised of the Inspiring Hope, Advocacy Leadership, Change Maker and Impact Awards, they honor the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions and their families; the clinicians and treatment teams that care for them; the advocates and leaders who tell their stories to educate and encourage community support; and organizations that promote health and wellness across the lifespan and build healthy communities.
Nominate yourself, a colleague, program or organization for one of health care’s highest behavioral health honor, a National Council Award of Excellence.
Deadline for nominations is December 7th.
2016 Awards of Excellence Categories:
- Artistic Expression
- Champions of Excellence
- Champions of Training and Workforce Development
- Doc of the Year
- Elected Official Service in Advocacy
- Engaging Family Caregivers in Team-Based Care
- Excellence in Addictions Treatment Innovation
- Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management
- Excellence in Health Information Technology
- Individual Achievement in Advocacy
- Integrated Care in the Aging Population
- Integration & Wellness
- Mental Health First Aid Community Impact
- Organizational Achievement in Advocacy
- Peer Specialist of the Year
- Rising Star
- Science into Practice: Systems Change and Best Practices
- Visionary Leadership
Recognizes an organization or individual with lived experience with a mental illness, who uses the fine arts (painting, photography, poetry) or performing arts (music, drama, dance, song) to advance his or her own recovery, help others struggling with mental illness, or increase awareness and understanding of mental illness in the community.
Recognizes an individual or organization that has used the Certificates of Excellence personally or as an organization as part of a strategy to promote professional development.
Recognizes an organization or program that promotes professional development in the behavioral health field with respect to retention strategies, diversity, and training structure.
Recognizes a psychiatrist or physician who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, empowering their patients to define their own goals, providing the encouragement and support to help them achieve their dreams.
Honors a state or local elected official who has demonstrated exemplary efforts and results in over the last 12 months in promoting behavioral health policies that increase access to mental health and substance use services.
Recognizes an individual or organization innovatively engaging family caregivers to address the whole health of those living with challenging mental health and other chronic care conditions across the lifespan, promoting patient directed care by empowering patients and their families to be self-sufficient.
Recognizes an organization that has provided effective addictions education and prevention programs in the community, or improved treatment outcomes for persons with addiction disorders through innovative, science-based programs and services.
Recognizes a program or organization that has demonstrated effective and innovative programs currently in use to minimize risk and liability, improve access to mental health and addiction treatment services, nurture workforce skills, or enhance the customer experience.
Recognizes an organization that uses new technologies — including mobile, web, social media, and remote/virtual care delivery — to achieve operational efficiencies and improve access to care, treatment, support, and health outcomes for persons with mental illnesses and addictions.
Honors an individual who has demonstrated exemplary efforts and results over the last 12 months in advocating for legislative or regulatory policies that increase access to mental health and substance use services.
Recognizes an individual or organization that promotes patient-centered and integrated care in older adults with respect to early identification, prevention, and treatment around issues related to the whole health of the aging population.
Recognizes a healthcare professional or organization that has achieved primary and behavioral health integration to address the whole health needs of the persons it serves and/or has developed innovative ways to promote health and wellness.
Recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated commitment and made an extensive and significant impact on the community through the delivery of Mental Health First Aid USA (adult and/or youth) trainings.
Honors an organization that has demonstrated exemplary efforts and results over the last 12 months in advocating for legislative or regulatory policies that increase access to mental health and substance use services.
Recognizes a person with a lived experience of mental illness who works in a healthcare organization and uses his or her strengths to help peers on their road to recovery from mental illness.
Recognizes an individual with lived experiences (with a mental illness or substance use issue) who has achieved success in the workforce. The honoree will be someone in their early or mid-career who has been recognized by their peers or superiors as having significant potential, demonstrating extraordinary leadership, courage, and compassion. (Applicants may be but are not required to be working in the behavioral healthcare workforce).
Recognizes an individual or organization developing and/or using evidence-based practices related to wellness, whole health, chronic conditions, and treatment across the lifespan, that improve workflow and create better outcomes for clients.
Recognizes an individual (staff or volunteer) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the behavioral healthcare field, improving the lives of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions disorders and helping them live full lives in their communities.
Honorees will be recognized at the Celebration of Excellence Concert & Awards Dinner on March 8, 2016 during the 2016 National Council Conference in Las Vegas, NV. It’s never too early to get your ticket to the event, which includes an elegant reception, dinner and a concert.
Sponsorship opportunities are available to those interested in helping us celebrate excellence. For more information, contact KaraG@TheNationalCouncil.org.
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Questions? Email Awards@TheNationalCouncil.org or call 202-684-7457.
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