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For Immediate Release
March 13, 2014
Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or 
Nominations Sought: Recovery Award to Recognize Behavioral Health Recovery

Lincoln—The Behavioral Health Director of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is seeking nominations by March 31 for an award to recognize extraordinary achievement in recovery among consumers of mental health and substance abuse services.
“Success stories about recovery should be celebrated,” said Scot L. Adams, director. “They are inspirational to people who want to achieve their own recoveries, and such stories defeat stigma.”
Recovery is a process of change whereby individuals work to improve their own health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in the community while striving to achieve their full potential.
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 using 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 are due by March 31. The form can be found online at or one can be obtained by mail by calling the DHHS 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