Division of Behavioral Health - Director's Awards
Behavioral Health Recovery Recognition Award Program
November 15, 2013

The purpose of the Division of Behavioral Health Director’s Behavioral Health Recovery Recognition Award Program is to affirm individual and team contributions that improve behavioral health in Nebraska by demonstrating the potential of recovery. 
This program is applicable to employees of the Division of Behavioral Health, community partners associated with the Division, individuals in recovery, Behavioral Health Regional Authorities and their employees, and other groups and associations with interest in behavioral health.
The routine performance of nearly every employee or provider is often worthy of recognition and this makes it  difficult to single out particular incident(s) which place an individual’s or organization’s performance above another.
While all recommendations cannot bring an award, each recommendation will bring recognition and increase awareness of the positive contribution of behavioral health to all Nebraskans.
There are three forms of recognition:  One is the Director’s Award for individuals; one is the Director’s Award for teams, inclusive of agencies, work groups, associations and corporations; and the third is the DBH Recovery Coin. 
A. Who May Nominate
Anyone having personal knowledge of an act or achievement believed to warrant such recognition may submit one nomination annually for consideration of a Director’s Award.
B. Timeframe
The award period is a calendar year, January through December.  The awards must be submitted to the Director in the first quarter of the calendar year (by March 31st) for consideration.  The Director will then review all applications before the Annual Conference in May.

Learn More about the award program  Director's Award Recipients
Recovery Chip Award -
  1. The purpose of the DBH Recovery Chip is to recognize and encourage persons who promote recovery from a behavioral health disorder.
  2. The director entertains suggestions for recognition from persons working within the DBH through discussion; there is no form or written process.
  3. Chips may be given to individuals by the director or the director’s designee.  The decision is the Director’s.  Make sure Kelly Ostrander knows of those so recognized.
  4. There is no quota for these to be given out; conversely, there is no maximum number that may be allowed, but single or low double digits annually is about right.
  5. This is not a right and is not appealable.
  6. This charters the recipient to continue to speak boldly about the benefits and hope of recovery.
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