Reintegration & Welcome Back Awards Recognize Excellence in Mental Health

  Reintegration & Welcome Back Awards Recognize Excellence in Mental Health

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WASHINGTON, April 8, 2013

2013 Honorees to Share their Stories at Special Awards Ceremony on April 9

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The National Council for
Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) and Eli Lilly and Company
are proud to announce the 2013 honorees of the prestigious Reintegration and
Welcome Back Awards.

The Reintegration Awards honor the contributions of individuals who live with
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and battle tremendous odds, as well as
those who treat and support them — inspiring others and improving lives along
the way. The Welcome Back Awards support the fight against the stigma
associated with depression and promote the understanding that depression is

"One in five Americans have a mental illness, yet only 20 percent seek and get
the care they need," said Robert Baker, MD, Vice President, Global Medical
Affairs for Lilly Bio-Medicines. "Our award winners point to how we can turn
these troubling statistics around. They are brave enough to share their
stories, to have the difficult conversations, to seek help and to reach out to
others in need. We applaud their courage and commitment."

An independent panel of mental health leaders chose the winners from a large
pool of applicants. Donations ranging between $5,000 and $10,000 supported by
Lilly are made to organizations of each winner's choice.

Honorees are being recognized at a special ceremony on April 9 during the 2013
National Council Conference. Former First Lady, and founder of the Carter
Center, Rosalynn Carter is the guest of honor at this celebration, which will
also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Community Mental Health Act signed
into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

"After fifty years of outstanding work in community mental health, our nation
is realizing that it is time to bring mental illness out of the shadows," said
Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. "The Reintegration
and Welcome Back award winners are a critical part of this sea change. They
have shown us that it's possible to make a difference, one person, one
organization at a time. Their passion and dedication is inspiring."

The following honorees of the 2013 Reintegration and Welcome Back Awards, as
well as other award winners, will be recognized on April 9 (for a full list of
honorees, visit

Welcome Back Awards: Community Service
Lois and Sam Bloom, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Since their son died by suicide in 1982, the Blooms have devoted their lives
to advocating for supportive policies for mental illness and suicide
prevention. They volunteered at the Suicide Prevention Center in Los Angeles
to work as phone "buddies," lead bereavement groups, support survivors,
organize events, and speak to legislators at every level of government.

Welcome Back Awards: Destigmatization
Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director, Active Minds, Washington, DC
When Malmon's 22-year-old brother died by suicide during her freshman year of
college, she turned her grief into action. She formed the campus group Active
Minds that now has chapters on more than 350 college, university, and high
school campuses and involves over 10,000 student leaders in mental health

Welcome Back Awards: Lifetime Achievement
Major General (ARMY Ret.) Mark Graham and Carol Graham, Colorado Springs, CO
The Grahams have battled through the tragic deaths of their two sons to become
nationally recognized advocates for mental health and suicide prevention
awareness. Kevin, a senior ROTC Cadet suffering from depression, took his life
in 2003, while their other son Jeffrey was killed in action in Iraq 8 months
later. Today, the Grahams help break down the stigma of seeking help for
mental health problems within the Armed Forces and encourage Army leaders to
help soldiers with mental illness.

Welcome Back Awards: Primary Care
Dr. Geogy Thomas, Medical Director, Dayspring Family Health Center, Jellico,
Dr. Thomas developed a model of integrated physical and mental health care
with few resources and in an isolated rural area with a high incidence of
poverty, unemployment, drug addiction, and mental illness. When patients come
in for primary care, physicians identify underlying behavioral health needs
and bring in a care manager to help patients identify community resources.

Welcome Back Awards: Psychiatry
Timothy Florence, MD, Medical Director, Washtenaw Community Support and
Treatment Services, Ypsilanti, MI
Dr. Florence has dedicated his career to serving people with severe mental
illnesses, particularly the chronically homeless and other vulnerable
individuals. He literally meets patients where they are ― at clinics, homeless
shelters, or even campsites. When faced with limited psychiatry resources in
primary care sites, he implemented a novel co-visit model where he moved from
room to room with primary care providers to give patients the benefits of
integrated care.

Reintegration Awards: Achievement
Elliott Steele, Executive Director, Vincent House, Pinnellas Park, FL
When his daughter's schizophrenia caused her to leave home, Steele used the
tragedy to help others struggling with mental illness by starting Vincent
House — a clean, safe place for people recovering from mental illness. Today,
Vincent House offers a haven for more than 600 lifetime members, including
Steele himself, who suffers from bipolar disorder.

Reintegration Awards: Advocacy
Dylan Henry, Morgan Henry, Travis Henry, and Mari Antclif, Hope and Advocacy,
Helena, MT
In 2008, a group of youth formed the Hope and Advocacy Panel to share their
personal stories of living with mental illness through PowerPoint
presentations set to music. The young people, ages 13-24, travel around
Montana and other states bringing a message of hope and enlightenment to
families, professionals, educators, and consumers.

Reintegration Awards: Artistic Contribution
Works of Heart Art Event and Auction Family Service & Guidance Center, Topeka,
Since 2007, Family Service & Guidance Center has hosted five art nights a year
to showcase the work of young artists with mental illness. Children work with
volunteer artists in the community to create art that often serve as windows
into their young lives. The art lets children focus on their amazing creations
rather than their illness. The event has also helped community members realize
that children with mental illness are no different than their own children and

Reintegration Awards: Clinical Medicine
Child and Adolescent Bipolar Services, Western Psychiatric Institute and
Clinic of UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA
The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Services, the nation's first inpatient
pediatric bipolar unit, strives to facilitate recovery from bipolar disorder
and decrease the burden of debilitating mood symptoms on youth and their
families by using proven approaches for diagnostic assessment, treatment, and
recovery. To date, more than 1,400 youth have received services at the unit's
outpatient program.

Reintegration Awards: Education
Fountain House, New York, NY
The Fountain House supported education program provides an array of supports
to build confidence in young people with mental illness and encourage them to
return to or remain in school. From learning to read to earning a graduate
degree, young people connect not only with a wide variety of educational
supports and services, but also with a vital peer community.

Reintegration Awards: Employment
Thresholds, Chicago, IL
Thresholds is a nationally recognized leader in supported employment for
people with serious mental illness. In 2012, the supported employment program
found jobs for 397 of its 561 members. Thresholds has offered members
continuous support in finding, obtaining, and maintaining a job.

Reintegration Awards: Housing
Main Street Housing, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Main Street Housing provides affordable, quality housing for people in
Maryland with mental illness, but because it is a disability-run organization.
All of the organization's staff and a majority of board members have
experienced mental health problems. MSH believes that a stable living
environment is the single most important foundation from which to build a

Reintegration Awards: Mentorship
Bipolar Babe, Andrea Paquette, Executive Director, Victoria, British Columbia
As Paquette shared personal stories about her struggles with bipolar disorder
and saw people move from despair to hope she felt inspired to take up the
mentorship banner and start the Bipolar Babe Project. Her path to mentorship
has been rocky, strewn with substance abuse in her teens and a diagnosis of
bipolar disorder in her 20s — the illness led to two hospitalizations and a
suicide attempt ― but she has become a role model to countless youth in the

About the National Council
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare 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 8 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. Learn more at

About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers —
through medicines and information — for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at; Lilly's clinical trial registry is available at


For press passes to the awards ceremony or to speak to the honorees, contact:
Mike Weaver at or 240.676.7224
Morry Smulevitz at  or 317.457.3294

SOURCE National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

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