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March 19, 2014

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.

“Great work deserves recognition,” said Carol Coussons de Reyes, administrator of the Office of Consumer Affairs at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.  “If we celebrate great work, we can call attention to individuals’ efforts to improve people’s lives.”

People’s Award: Nominate a leader who encourages, motivates and inspires leadership in other Nebraskans involved in behavioral health services.

Recovery Muse Award: Nominate someone for the Recovery Muse Award for artwork that communicates recovery, wellness and resiliency.

Peer Support Champion Award: Nominate a certified peer support and wellness specialist, family peer specialist or provider who through their field communicates recovery, wellness and resiliency to others.

Recovery is Real Media Award: Nominate a reporter, journalist or writer who gets to the heart of behavioral health and the positive story of recovery.

These nominations 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 19 - 21.

Nominations for these awards are due by April 11. Nomination forms can be found at

Forms can also be obtained by mail by calling the Office of Consumer Affairs Helpline at 1-800-836-7660.

Nominations are still being accepted for the Behavioral Health Director’s Award to recognize extraordinary achievements in recovery among consumers of mental health and substance abuse services.  These nominations are due by March 31.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
• Behavioral health is essential to health.
• Prevention works.
• Treatment is effective.
• People recover.