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Advocacy Leadership Awards Recognize Advocacy for Persons with Mental Illness and Addictions

October 17, 2013 (Washington, DC) — The National Council for Mental Wellbeing (National Council) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Advocacy Leadership Awards, supported by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, to recognize individuals and organizations that have led community, state, and federal advocacy and public policy efforts to expand access to services and supports for persons with mental illnesses and addictions.

Nominations are accepted in three categories:

  • Individual Achievement in Advocacy: Recognizing an individual engaged in outstanding work in behavioral health policy and legislative or regulatory advocacy.
  • Organizational Achievement in Advocacy: Recognizing a behavioral health organization that has achieved significant results through advocacy for local, state, or federal legislation, regulations, or other public policies that increase access to mental health and addiction treatment services.
  • Elected Official Service in Advocacy: Recognizing a state or local elected official — a governor, mayor, county board official, elected attorney general, or other official — who has promoted public policies that increase access to mental health and addiction treatment services.

Honorees receive five thousand dollars to be donated to a nonprofit of their choosing and are recognized at a memorable red carpet event in conjunction with the National Council’s 2014 Conference and Hill Day in Washington, DC (travel expenses paid).

The Advocacy Leadership Awards are a part of the National Council Awards of Excellence, incorporating 20 categories in total. All nominations are accepted through an online submission process and must be completed by October 31, 2013.

Advocacy Leadership Awards honorees in 2013 included the Carter Center Mental Health Program; Sue Abderholden of NAMI Minnesota; Darrell Steinberg, California Senate President pro Tempore; and Ron Brand, Former Executive Director, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs. Read about all 2013 honorees.

Contact: Meena Dayak, or 202.684.3728
About the National Council
The National Council for Mental Wellbeing (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with our 2,000 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — the more than eight million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council pioneered Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has trained nearly 100,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities.

About Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion)
Sunovion is a leading pharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercializing therapeutic products that advance the science of medicine in the Psychiatry & Neurology and Respiratory disease areas and improve the lives of patients and their families. Sunovion, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd., is headquartered in Marlborough, Mass. More information about Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is available at