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The 2018 Awards of Excellence categories honor nominees for the following categories:
- 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 (Individual or Organizational): 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 mental health and
substance use services.
- Excellence in Behavioral Health Care Management: Recognizes an individual, program
or organization that has demonstrated effective and innovative programs currently in
use to minimize risk and liability, improve access to mental health and addiction
treatment services, nurture workforce skills or enhance the customer experience.
- Excellence in Mental Health First Aid Community Impact: Recognizes an
organization that has demonstrated commitment and made extensive and
significant impact on the community through delivery of Mental Health First Aid USA
(adult and/or youth) trainings.
- Excellence in Technology: Recognizes an organization that uses new
technologies — including mobile, web, social media and remote/virtual care delivery
— to achieve operational efficiencies and improve access to care, treatment, support
and health outcomes for persons with mental illnesses and addictions.
- 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 a person with a lived experience of mental
illness who works in a health care organization and uses his or her strengths to help
peers on their road to recovery from mental illness.
- 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.