Network faithful take note - The National Council has just announced that nominations are open for their Advocacy Leadership Awards. Get on this one. Wonderful advocates are plentiful in CMHNetwork Nation!
Here is the announcement from CEO Linda Rosenberg:
Over the years I’ve been in this business, I have seen every day the amazing achievements behavioral health advocates – providers, consumers, family members – make when they put their talents and their energies behind important changes to public policy. That’s why I’m so excited to announce the launch of the National Council’s Advocacy Leadership Awards. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding achievements in behavioral health policy and advocacy over the last year. The Advocacy Leadership Awards will recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations who are changing the face of behavioral healthcare, and who are leading the charge to expand access to services and supports for individuals living with mental illness and substance use conditions. I invite you to apply today for one of these awards! Submissions are free and open to all. Visit our Awards websitefor more details on each of the three awards categories:
- The Award for Exceptional Individual Achievement in Advocacy honors an individual who has engaged in outstanding work in behavioral health policy and advocacy over the last year. This may include (but is not limited to): consumers, family members, healthcare professionals, staff, board members, and community partners. Read more.
- The Award for Outstanding Organizational Leadership in Advocacy honors a behavioral healthcare organization that has demonstrated exemplary efforts and results in advocating for behavioral health policies that increase access to mental health and substance use services. Read more.
- The Award for Visionary Leadership in Behavioral Health by an Elected Official honors a state or local elected official who has demonstrated exemplary efforts and results in promoting behavioral health policies that increase access to mental health and substance use services. This includes (but is not limited to): governors, mayors, county board officials, elected attorney generals, etc. Read more.
The deadline for submission of your online application is July 22, 2013. Winners will receive:
- A $5,000 grant, to be provided to the non-profit organization of the honoree’s choice. Award monies will be distributed directly from the National Council to the non-profit organization.
- A trophy, inscribed with the honoree’s name and category.
- The National Council will cover travel expenses for all honorees to the 2013 Hill Day Awards Reception on September, 16th in Washington, DC.
- Advocacy Awardees will be individually recognized at 2013 Hill Day events.
- Advocacy Awardees will be highlighted in National Council communications.
I hope you will nominate yourself or one of your colleagues for these prestigious awards. For additional questions or support, please contact Kara Sweeney at KaraS@thenationalcouncil.org or 202-684-7457 ext. 223.