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2015 National Council Awards of Excellence Honorees

 

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The 2015 honorees were recognized on April 21, 2015 at the Celebration of Excellence. View photos of the event here. 

Read the press release announcing the honorees here

Inspiring Hope

The Inspiring Hope Awards, supported by Eli Lilly and Company — building on the legacy of the Lilly Reintegration Awards and Welcome Back Awards  — recognize individuals who’ve shown extraordinary tenacity and courage in battling serious mental illness and are living full lives and pursuing their goals. These awards also honor the clinicians, advocates, and organizations that care for and support these individuals in their recovery, changing lives and building healthy communities.

Read the press release recognizing the Inspiring Hope honorees here

Artistic Expression
PSA Art Awakenings
Phoenix, AZ

PSA promotes empowerment, recovery and self-advocacy through the creative arts in a supportive studio setting for adults with serious mental illness and addictions. PSA has 13 studios in six counties throughout Arizona, serving 1,200 people each year.

Watch Sara Marriott, President/CEO, accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

Doc of the Year
Scott Zeller
Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Services, Alameda Health System
San Leandro, CA

Dr. Zeller created and led a multicenter guidelines project for Best Practices in the Evaluation and Treatment of Agitation. In addition, his Alameda Model addresses the problem of individuals spending long hours in the ER, providing timely, quality care in a more appropriate setting, reducing delays by more than 80 percent and unnecessary hospitalizations by more than 75 percent.

Watch Dr. Zeller accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

Employment
The Mission Continues
New York, NY

The Mission Continues awards more than 300 fellowships annually to veterans and returning members of the military. These fellows work as leaders with a nonprofit organization of their choice for six months and report that they have greater access to higher-level employment and more job interviews after the program.

Watch Alicia Downs accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

Mental Health Professional of the Year

Marcia Gonzalez Monroe
Vice President of Network Development & Clinical Services, Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
Tampa, FL

Ms. Monroe created the SunCoast system of care, which serves 14 large Florida counties through 85 individual addiction and mental health service providers, with roughly $160 million in funding. Services include acute care, residential treatment, housing, medical, intervention, outpatient and recovery support services.

Watch Marcia accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

Peer Specialist of the Year

Dina Tyler
Coordinator of Peer and Family Support Services, PREP Alameda County, Felton Institute & PREP Program
San Francisco, CA

As a young adult outreach specialist, Ms. Tyler provides individual peer support to young people living with schizophrenia. She shares her experience with bipolar disorder and psychosis, as well as the “baby steps” to start working again. Ms. Tyler returned to school, ultimately graduating from the University of California-Berkeley with honors.

Watch Dina accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

Integration & Wellness
LifeWorks NW
Portland, OR

The Community Care Coordination Team helps reduce high utilization of Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center emergency room and hospital and provides integrated primary and behavioral health care to those individuals. The team quickly assesses and addresses a range of complex medical, mental health, substance use and social issues, and works with three different health systems.

Watch Mary Monnat, President/CEO, accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.
Supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

Public Education

Tennessee Co-Occurring Disorders Collaborative
Nashville, TN

The Tennessee Co-Occurring Disorders Collaborative, made up of 12 behavioral health organizations, brings education and awareness of the effect of co-occurring disorders to individuals, families and communities. Their unique statewide approach is the only one of its kind in the U.S.

Watch Ellyn Wilbur, Executive Director, accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Eli Lilly and Company. 

Reintegration Lifetime Achievement

Alice Medalia
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Dr. Medalia was the first in the nation to show that people with serious mental illness can improve their cognitive functioning. Her research demonstrated that after as few as 10 sessions of problem-solving training, people in residential care for schizophrenia can improve their cognitive skills and daily functioning. She also created the Neuropsychological Educational Approach to Remediation, a therapeutic approach to cognitive disorders in people with mental illnesses.

Watch Dr. Medalia accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

Rising Star

Erica Trejo
Therapist/Project Director, Military Families are Resilient, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Culver City, CA

Through her leadership of Military Families Are Resilient, Ms. Trejo became a champion for FOCUS (Families Overcoming Under Stress), a program that meets military families’ unique mental health needs. Because to her efforts, Didi Hirsch currently treats 33 military families and another 19 benefit from the FOCUS practice.

Watch Erica accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

 

Impact

The National Council for Behavioral Health’s prestigious Impact Awards recognize behavioral health organizations for excellence in delivering treatment and supports in the community to persons with mental illnesses and addiction disorders and honor passionate, committed, and outstanding behavioral health leaders.

Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management
Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center
Skokie, IL

Turning Point’s “living room” provides adults in psychiatric crisis a calming center to avoid an unnecessary trip to the ER. The organization has an extraordinary success rate: after visiting the living room, 97% of guests did not go to the ER.

Watch Ann Raney, CEO, accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Negley Associates

Excellence in Health Information Technology
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterInpatient Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services
Pittsburgh, PA

The Inpatient Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services program incorporates health IT in assessment and interventions and offers comprehensive diagnostic assessments, state-of-the-art pharmacological treatment and psychosocial interventions to children and teens and trains students and professionals from a broad range of disciplines in health IT.

Watch Dr. Rasim Diler, Medical Director, accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Qualifacts, Inc. 

Excellence in Addictions Treatment Innovation
Preferred Family Healthcare, Inc.
Kirksville, MO

Preferred Family Healthcare began using virtual world counseling to provide addiction treatment to adolescents leaving residential care and returning to rural areas where outpatient services and transportation present significant barriers to continuing treatment.

Watch Mike Schwend, President/CEO, accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by myStrength

Mental Health First Aid Community Impact
Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad
Founder & President, Muslim Wellness Foundation
Philadelphia, PA

Ms. Rashad founded the Muslim Wellness Foundation to reduce the discrimination associated with mental illness, addiction and trauma through dialogue, education and training. She facilitates training with sensitivity to the religious, spiritual and sociocultural context in which Muslims experience and understand the underlying factors that contribute to behavioral health disorders and lack of emotional well being.

Watch Kameelah accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Missouri Department Mental Health.

Visionary Leadership
George DelGrosso
CEO, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
Denver, CO

Mr. DelGrosso’s leadership drove Colorado’s construction of a coordinated, statewide Mental Health First Aid program that boasts outspoken advocates among civic, education, public safety, criminal justice, faith and public health leaders.

Watch George accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Charles Faris
President & CEO, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
Worcester, MA

Mr. Faris organized Spectrum Health’s first central intake unit and reached out to a range of referral sources to help individuals with addictions and/or mental illnesses sustain their recovery in the community; she did this well before continuing care planning became an industry norm. He fought to integrate medical care through a partnership with a federally qualified health center and to implement a new electronic health record system throughout 15 inpatient and outpatient sites to help patients move seamlessly between levels of care.

Watch Charles accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Supported by Relias Learning

Advocacy Leadership

The National Council for Behavioral Health’s Advocacy Leadership Awards, supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recognize individuals and organizations that have led legislative or regulatory advocacy and public policy efforts to expand access to services and supports for persons with mental illnesses and addictions.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ADVOCACY
James Gillen
Director of Recovery Services, The Providence Center
Providence, RI

With Mr. Gillen’s vision, The Providence Center opened Rhode Island’s first recovery community center five years ago, serving more than 100,000 visitors in just its first year. He both secured the funding and fought for the policy change necessary to support long-term community-based support, and his tireless advocacy led to Senator Whitehouse’s sponsorship of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2014.

Watch Holly Fitting accept the award on behalf of James at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.
Supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

ORGANIZATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ADVOCACY
Association for Behavioral Healthcare
Natick, MA

When Massachusetts saw a growing increase in fatal overdoses, ABH assembled a coalition to push the state legislature to pass a comprehensive addiction treatment bill to expand access to treatment for individuals with all types of insurance. Despite significant opposition from the health insurance lobby on a mandated requirement, ABH led a coalition that pushed the bill through to become law.

Watch Vic DiGravio, President/CEO, accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence. 

Supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

ELECTED OFFICIAL SERVICE IN ADVOCACY
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren
County Judge
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Judge Lerner-Wren created the nation’s first mental health court and was instrumental in the model’s national implementation. In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed America’s Law Enforcement and Mental Health Project into law for funding 100 mental health courts across the country. Now, more than 250 mental health courts have been established based on Broward County’s model. Through her efforts, thousands of people with serious mental illness have received the treatment they need instead of becoming a part of the criminal justice system.

Watch Judge Lerner-Wren accept the award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence.
Supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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