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National Council Awards of Excellence 2017

2017 Call for Nominations is Now OpenEach year, the National Council honors the individuals and organizations who are changing the game for behavioral health. This year’s Awards of Excellence include 12 categories covering individual and organizational achievements.

  • Champions of Excellence: Recognizes an organization or program that promotes professional development in the behavioral health field with respect to retention strategies, diversity and training structure.
  • Doc of the Year: Recognizes a psychiatrist or physician who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, empowering patients to define their own goals and providing the encouragement and support to help them achieve their dreams.
  • Excellence in Addictions Treatment: Recognizes an organization that has provided effective addictions education and prevention programs in the community or improved treatment outcomes for people with addictions disorders through innovative, science-based programs and services.
  • Excellence in Advocacy: Honors an individual or organization that has demonstrated exemplary efforts and results over the last 12 months advocating for legislative or regulatory policies that increase access to mental health and substance use services.
  • Excellence in Advocacy by an Elected Official: Honors a state or local elected official who has demonstrated exemplary efforts and results over the last 12 months promoting behavioral health policies that increase access to services.
  • Excellence in Artistic Expression: Recognizes an individual with lived experience 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 addictions and increase awareness in the community.
  • Excellence in Mental Health First Aid Community Impact: Recognizes an organization that has made a significant impact on the community through Mental Health First Aid trainings.
  • Excellence in Technology: Recognizes an organization that uses new technologies to achieve operational efficiencies and improve access to care, treatment and support for persons with mental illness and/or addiction.
  • Excellence in Whole Person Care: Recognizes a health care organization that has achieved primary and behavioral health integration to address the whole health needs of the people it serves and/or has developed innovative ways to promote health and wellness.
  • Peer Specialist of the Year: Recognizes an individual with lived experience who works in a health care organization and uses his or her strengths to help peers on their road to recovery from mental illness.
  • Rising Star: Recognizes an early or mid-career individual with lived experience who has been recognized by their peers or superiors as demonstrating extraordinary leadership, courage and compassion in the workplace.
  • Visionary Leadership: Recognizes an individual (staff or volunteer) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the behavioral health care field, improving the lives of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions disorders and helping them live full lives in their communities.


Nominate the medal-worthy individuals or organizations in your life by Friday, November 11 (don’t forget, self-nominations are welcomed!).

Ready to get started? Review the Frequently Asked Questions and check out last year’s champions for some inspiration.



We celebrate the honorees each year during the National Council Conference and it’s your chance to meet the rock stars of our industry and hear their inspiring stories of hope and achievement. Purchase your tickets early for the main event on April 4, 2017.

Questions? Contact or by phone at 866-362-0505.

The 2017 Awards of Excellence are supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, myStrength, Relias Learning, Qualifacts, Envolve, the Mental Health Risk Retention Group,  Negley Associates and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.



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