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February 29, 2012
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or
Nominations Sought for Behavioral Health Awards
Lincoln—Nominations are being sought for awards related to the support of consumers of behavioral health services or leadership in the field.

People’s Award: Nominate a leader who encourages, motivates and inspires leadership in other Nebraskans involved in behavioral health services.
Recognizing Lived Experience Awards: Nominate someone for the Recovery Muse Award for artwork that communicates recovery, wellness and resilience, or nominate someone for the Intentional Peer Award to recognize the peer who listens, demonstrates mutuality, and provides support.
Advocate’s Awards: For the Wind Beneath My Wings Award, nominate a parent, a family member or someone else whose work or love assists the behavioral health consumer in being stronger.  For the Recovery is Real Media Award, nominate an individual in the media who has written stories that lead to understanding addiction, mental health, gambling or resilient youth.
Leadership Awards: Nominate someone from Nebraska’s Behavioral Health Regions who champions others and displays a commitment to excellent behavioral health services, or nominate a visionary whose idea or work has led to moving communities forward together.
These awards are being sought by the Nebraska Mental Health Association, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health Office of Consumer Affairs and the Conference Planning Committee for the Nebraska Statewide Behavioral Health Conference, which will be held May 21 - 23.
Nominations for these awards are due March 31. Nomination forms can be found at
Director’s Award: Nominations are still being sought by the DHHS Behavioral Health Director for an award to recognize extraordinary achievements in recovery among consumers of mental health, substance abuse and gamblers assistance services. Nominations can be for an individual or a team. Nominees should embody some or all of the following criteria:
  • Demonstrates wellness, recovery and resiliency
  • Demonstrates dignity, respect, and accountability with individuals utilizing behavioral health services
  • Provides a high level of quality consumer service and teamwork
  • Promotes accessibility, efficiency and quality in the behavioral health system
  • Encourages consumer and family wellness
  • Works for the betterment of all rather than personal gain.

Nominations for this award are due by March 31.  The form can be found online at

Forms can also be obtained by mail by calling the Office of Consumer Affairs Helpline at 1-800-836-7660.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
• Behavioral health is essential to health.
• Prevention works.
• Treatment is effective.
• People recover.