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National Council for Behavioral Health Opens 2016 Awards of Excellence

Prestigious national awards reflect growing changes in health care


Washington, DC, November 10, 2015 — The National Council for Behavioral Health has launched the call for nominations for the 2016 Awards of Excellence. These awards honor the advocates and leaders advancing public policies that support improved quality of and access to care, organizations that promote excellence and build healthy communities, and the achievements of individuals with mental illnesses and addictions, their family members, and the professionals who care for them.

“The National Council’s Awards of Excellence honor visionary health care leaders who make a difference by improving the lives of our youth and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, as well as the underserved and vulnerable members of our communities,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council. “The Awards emphasize the important work people are doing across the country to promote whole health across the lifespan.”

This year’s awards include 18 categories covering individual and organizational achievements, excellence in behavioral health care management, health IT, addictions treatment, Mental Health First Aid and leadership. The awards are supported by Eli Lilly and Company, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and Relias Learning; and receive additional support from the Mental Health Risk Retention Group and Negley Associates, myStrength and Qualifacts.

A panel of leading behavioral health care leaders selects the honorees from those nominated.

Applicants can apply online; the deadline is Monday, December 7, 2015. The National Council will announce the winners in January 2016. Honorees receive $10,000 to be donated to a nonprofit of their choice and will be recognized at the Celebration of Excellence Concert and Dinner on March 8, 2016 during the 2016 National Council Conference in Las Vegas. Country music legend Joshua Scott Jones, formerly one-half of the duo Steel Magnolia and a person in recovery from addiction, will perform a concert during the Celebration of Excellence.

Click here to read about the 2015 honorees.

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