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Pursuing Social Justice and Supporting Innovation

May 4, 2020 | Awards of Excellence | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Each year, through our Awards of Excellence program, we honor select individuals whose efforts to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illnesses and addictions is unmatched. We are proud to recognize Amy Anderson-Winchell, LCSW, former president of Access: Supports for Living, Inc., with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to behavioral health […]

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Advancing Behavioral Health Care in New Jersey

April 28, 2020 | Awards of Excellence | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

When Joe Masciandaro (pictured at right) was starting out in the mental health field, effective medication or treatment for mental illness didn’t exist. It was 1963 and little was known about behavioral health care. Over time, Joe helped move the field forward – especially through his 42 years of leading Care Plus NJ, a Certified […]

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A Lifetime of Leadership in Behavioral Health Care

April 24, 2020 | Awards of Excellence | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

In this blog post, we get to know Karl Wilson, former president and CEO of Crider Health Center. Karl is the newest recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award, one of several awards given through our annual Awards of Excellence program. What does the Lifetime Achievement Award mean to you? “It is both a wonderful surprise […]

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A Journey from Rock Bottom to Recovery

April 21, 2020 | Awards of Excellence | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

For years, Janet Paleo hid from the world. After being hospitalized for two years – and then 50 more times in a decade – health care professionals said there was no hope for her. She shut down. Everything hurt. And then she met a provider who was also a peer; someone who had experienced tragedy […]

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From Fighting Fires to Fighting for Others

April 17, 2020 | Awards of Excellence | Recovery | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Each year, through our Awards of Excellence program, we honor select individuals who are using their strengths to help peers on their road to recovery. We are proud to recognize Jeff Avery, a peer support specialist for Johnson County Mental Health Center in Kansas, with the Peer of the Year Award for his invaluable contributions […]

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Moving Behavioral Health Care Mountains in Rural Minnesota

April 15, 2020 | Awards of Excellence | Comments
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Nicholas Addison Thomas

Director of Content Marketing, National Council for Behavioral Health

Accessing mental illness and addiction treatment in rural Minnesota can be challenging. As a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), Northwestern Mental Health Center (NWMHC) is helping residents get the care they expect and deserve. In this spotlight, we interview Shauna Reitmeier, CEO of NWMHC, the newest recipient of our Awards of Excellence program’s Innovation […]

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Why We Must Support Maternal Mental Health

June 27, 2016 | Awards of Excellence | Comments
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Adrienne Griffen

Founder, Postpartum Support Virginia

Having a new baby is the happiest time in a woman’s life, right? Not always. One in five new or expectant mothers will experience debilitating anxiety or depression during pregnancy or the first year postpartum.  These illnesses – known as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) – are the most common complication of pregnancy and […]

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The Power of Advocacy

June 10, 2016 | Awards of Excellence | Comments

Ali Siemianowski

Communication Specialist, National Council for Behavioral Health

This is the first article in the National Council’s series profiling the achievements of our 2016 Awards of Excellence honorees. Across the country, local jails are not only over-crowded, but in some states have also become the largest behavioral health service providers. An estimated two million people living with mental illness and addictions reside in […]

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Don’t Forget to Celebrate Your Employees this Holiday Season

December 4, 2015 | Awards of Excellence | Workforce | Comments
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Ali Siemianowski

Communication Specialist, National Council for Behavioral Health

Between decking the halls, parties and last minute shopping, it’s easy to forget that the holidays are a time to celebrate the year’s successes and reflect on plans for the New Year. It’s a time to show our gratitude and thanks for the people in our lives. Have you thought about how you will show […]

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Awards of Excellence – A New Focus on Wellness Across Our Lives

December 1, 2015 | Awards of Excellence | Comments
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Kara Guerriero

Vice President, Membership and Corporate Relations

At 99, Keiko Fukuda was still teaching judo classes three times a week, holding the Joshi Judo Camp and hosting the Fukuda Invitational Kata Championships. At 81, Lew Hollander was still competing in Ironman triathlons – a 112-mile bike ride, followed by a 2.4-mile swim and topped off with a marathon, all in a single […]

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