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For Immediate Release
March 11, 2015

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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.  The awards will be presented at the statewide Behavioral Health Conference, May 12-13, in Lincoln.
People’s Award: Nominate a leader who encourages, motivates and inspires leadership in other Nebraskans involved in behavioral health services.
Recovery Muse Award:  Nominate all artists that use their work to communicate recovery, wellness and resiliency.
Peer Support Champion Award: Nominate a certified peer support and wellness specialist, family peer specialist or provider that rallies peer support forward to communicate 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.
Director’s Award: Nominate someone for an award from the DHHS Behavioral Health Director 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 these awards are due 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.