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National Council Awards of Excellence

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Join us to celebrate the 2017 honorees on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 during the National Council Conference in Seattle. Don’t miss the event of the year honoring the individuals and organizations improving the lives of those living with mental illnesses and addictions. Purchase a table for premiere seating for your group of 10 people and to earn recognition throughout the awards ceremony and in the NatCon17 Final Program as an awards supporter. Or, purchase individual tickets for first-come, first-served seating. 

Add a table or tickets to your existing Conference registration by logging in and editing your registration. Won’t be attending the Conference? Choose “Awards Tickets only” on the Conference registration page.

Announcing the 2017 Honorees
We are proud to announce the 2017 Awards of Excellence Honorees.


Champions of Excellence

Harriet Hall,  Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Wheat Ridge, CO

Supported by Relias Learning


Doc of the Year

Margie Balfour, ConnectionsAZ, Inc., Tuscon, AZ

Supported by Envolve


Excellence in Addictions Treatment

Keith Walker, Walker Funeral Homes, Toledo, OH

Rosecrance, Rockford, IL

 Supported by myStrength, Inc. 


Excellence in Advocacy – Individual Achievement

Molly Carney, Evergreen Treatment Services, Seattle, WA

Supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals


Excellence in Advocacy by an Elected Official

State Representative K. Joseph Shekarchi, Warwick, RI

State Senator Stephen R. Archambault, Smithfield, RI

Supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals


Excellence in Artistic Expression

Logan Lynn, Trillium Family Services, Portland, OR


Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Gainesville, FL

Supported by the Mental Health Risk Retention Group and Negley Associates


Excellence in Mental Health First Aid Community Impact

Mental Health First Aid for New Jersey, Springfield, NJ 

Supported by the Missouri Department of Mental Health


Excellence in Technology

Burrell Behavioral Health, Springfield, Missouri

Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc., Nowata, OK

Supported by Qualifacts, Inc.


Excellence in Whole Person Care

Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, NC

Supported by Envolve


Peer Specialist of the Year

Robert Ortiz, Fellowship Health Resources, Inc., New Bedford, MA

Supported by Envolve


Rising Star

Paul Rada, Truman Medical Center, Lees Summit, MO

 Supported by Relias Learning


Visionary Leadership

Arthur Evans, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, Philadelphia, PA

Steve Lepinski, Washburn Center for Children, Minneapolis, MN

Danis Russell, Flint, MI

Phillip (Randy) Tate, NorthCare, Oklahoma City, OK

Scattergood Innovation Award


Scattergood Innovation Award nominations are now closed. We will announce the winner at the National Council Celebration of Excellence Dinner in Seattle, April 4, during the National Council Conference.

Thank you to our supporters

Questions about this year’s awards? Email or call 866-362-0505.

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