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Awards of Excellence

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

The deadline to apply was July 20th. Award Recipients will be selected, and nominators notified by July 31.

 

Awards of Excellence 2019

The Awards of Excellence annually honors the best in the behavioral health workforce with a series of prestigious achievement awards.

The behavioral health workforce deploys their expertise across a broad range of prevention, health care, and social service settings. These settings may include prevention and education programs; community-based outpatient and inpatient treatment programs; primary care health delivery offices; hospitals; emergency rooms; criminal justice systems; and school-based or higher education institutions.

This workforce is comprised of professionals utilizing varied skills, training, experience, and academic preparation, including:

  • mental health and substance use disorder professionals
  • psychiatrists and other physicians
  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • psychiatric rehabilitation specialists
  • nurses including ARNP & psychiatric
  • physician assistants
  • marriage and family therapists
  • certified prevention specialists
  • psychiatric aides and technicians
  • recovery support specialists in psychiatric rehabilitation and substance use disorder programs
  • peer support specialists/certified peers
  • recovery coaches

 

Award Categories

Nominating deserving staff and peers gives our association member organizations an opportunity to recognize your staff and colleagues in four categories. Please take a moment and nominate those individuals working in the mental health or substance use disorder field of practice who are innovative, inspiring, and dedicated. Award categories include:

  • Peer/Recovery Support Specialist of the Year Award
  • Supervisor/Administrator of The Year Award
  • Behavioral Health Professional of The Year Award (Youth)
  • Behavioral Health Professional of The Year Award (Adults)

  Nominees must be:

  • Employed with a FADAA or FCCMH member organization, community coalition, or managing entity for at least 2 years
  • Recognized as being notable and outstanding in one of the categories listed above.
  • Must be able to attend Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Florida Behavioral Health Conference (Aug 22)
  • Aware of and accept the nomination
  • Has not been selected for this award within the past 5 years

 

Before Getting Started

The nomination process for the 2019 Awards of Excellence is an online application.

You will not be able to save and return to the application. Before beginning, consider pulling together the following:

  • Written description of the special efforts the nominee has taken in their delivery of services
  • Length of service in their nominated field
  • Written description of nominees contributions to clients, agency, and broader community 
  • Client population served (if applicable)
  • Average number of persons directly served by the nominee during a week/month/year.
  • Special credentials, certifications, or awards received by the nominee
  • Attached letter of recommendation from someone other than the nominee in a .pdf version
  • Headshot to be used in the awards program and slide show

Timeframe

The deadline for nomination is July 20.  Award Recipients will be selected, and nominators notified by July 31. Award Recipients will receive a complimentary registration to the 2019 Behavioral Health Conference, August 21 - 23, 2019, at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando. 

 

 

Peer/Recovery Support Specialist of the Year Award

The Peer/Recovery Support Specialist uses their lived experiences and skills learned in training to help others achieve and maintain stability and recovery from substance use disorders or mental illness. Nominations for this award category may be peers supporting:

  • Families, Parents, or Caregivers
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder recovery initiatives
  • FIT, CAT, FACT teams
  • Hospital, Emergency Department, or Jail Diversion programs

By sharing their own lived experience and practical guidance, peer workers help people to develop their own goals, create strategies for self-empowerment, and take concrete steps towards building fulfilling, self-determined lives for themselves.

Peer support encompasses a range of activities and interactions between people who have shared similar experiences of being diagnosed with mental health or substance use disorder conditions. This mutuality between a peer worker and person using services promotes connection and inspires hope. Peer support offers a level of acceptance, understanding, and validation.

Eligibility

  • Employed through a FADAA or FCCMH member organization for at least 2 years
  • Holds a minimum of a high-school diploma, general equivalency degree or higher
  • Actively working as a Peer/Recovery Support Specialist
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from an individual other than the nominator
  • Has not been selected for this award within the past 5 years
  • Must be able to attend Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Florida Behavioral Health Conference (Aug 22)

 

Administrator/Supervisor of the Year Award 

Behavioral health services rely on the serious contributions of a range of professionals who work to create healthier individuals, families, and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment, and recovery support.

This award category recognizes experienced individuals providing oversight and direction to the provision of direct services and may or may not see clients themselves. Whether it’s through the development and dissemination of training and competencies or supervising the deployment of services across a variety of public health and health care delivery settings, these professionals are integral to the delivery of high-quality behavioral health services.

These professionals may perform a variety of roles such as: program director, clinical director/supervisor, supervise case management and develop leadership teams, conduct research, provide assessments or exams, streamline processes, or lead quality initiatives.  Areas of expertise may be in clinical programming, quality initiatives, criminal justice programs, employee assistance, reimbursement and finance, education, quality control, process improvement, and community outreach.

Eligibility

  • Employed through a FADAA or FCCMH member organization for at least 2 years
  • Letter of Recommendation from an individual other than the nominator
  • Has not been selected for this award within the past 5 years
  • Must be able to attend Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Florida Behavioral Health Conference (Aug 22)
  • CEOs not eligible 

 

Behavioral Health Professional of The Year Award (Youth)

Professionals working in behavioral health represent a broad range of disciplines, including social work, psychology, marriage and family, education, prevention and mental health and substance use disorder counseling. The professional eligible for this award category provides direct client or community services primarily focused on youth.

Professionals working with people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders or their families integrate recovery-oriented practice into their professional practice, applying clinical knowledge to the benefit of their clients. Prevention specialists and educators who utilize evidence-based practices to deliver community, client, or family prevention initiatives. Professionals nominated for this award will be familiar with the latest prevention, assessment, intervention approaches, practice models, and the principles of delivering high-quality prevention or treatment care.

Professionals providing direct clinical services to youth may include:

  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Chaplains
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians/Psychiatrists
  • Nurses, including advance practice and psychiatric
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Educators
  • Prevention Specialists

Eligibility

  • Provides direct services to youth
  • Employed through a FADAA or FCCMH member organization for at least 2 years
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from an individual other than the nominator
  • Has not been selected for this award within the past 5 years
  • Must be able to attend Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Florida Behavioral Health Conference(Aug 22)

 

Behavioral Health Professional of The Year Award (Adult)

Professionals working in behavioral health represent a broad range of disciplines, including social work, psychology, marriage and family, education, prevention, and mental health and substance use disorder counseling. The professional eligible for this award category provides direct client or community services primarily focused on adults.

Professionals working with people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders or their families integrate recovery-oriented practice into their professional practice, applying clinical knowledge to the benefit of their clients. Prevention specialists and educators who utilize evidence-based practices to deliver adult community or client  prevention initiatives. Professionals nominated for this award will be familiar with the latest prevention, assessment, intervention approaches, practice models, and the principles of delivering high-quality prevention or treatment care.

Professionals providing direct clinical services to adults may include:

  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Chaplains
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians/Psychiatrists
  • Nurses, including advance practice and psychiatric
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Educators
  • Prevention Specialists

Eligibility

  • Provides direct services to adults
  • Employed through a FADAA or FCCMH member organization for at least 2 years
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from an individual other than the nominator
  • Has not been selected for this award within the past 5 years
  • Must be able to attend Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Florida Behavioral Health Conference(Aug 22)

 

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