7th Annual Community Heroes Awards Hosted by Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – Award nominations for community members who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with behavioral health challenges are in! The 7th annual Community Heroes Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board (BHB), will be held May 2, 2018, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose.
“Every year we recognize those individuals and organizations in our county who have demonstrated exemplary service to county residents suffering the effects of mental illness,” said Gary Miles, Chair of the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board. “Our heroes have performed tirelessly in their efforts to improve the lives of those they serve. Our heroes are community members, professional service providers, law enforcement officers and agencies, as well as those in the faith-based community.”
The keynote speaker at this year’s event is Michael Fitzgerald, the executive director of Mental Health and Addiction Services at El Camino Hospital. Fitzgerald has led mental health and addiction services at the hospital for the past 15 years. In addition to serving on regional and statewide boards, Fitzgerald chairs a task force in the county on hospital/psychiatric Emergency Medical Services collaboration and is involved in an Institute of Healthcare Improvement project to strategically bring a new approach to patient engagement.
The criteria for an award includes demonstrating a commitment in the selected category, inspiring others to believe they can make a difference, engaging community members, and bridging differences among communities. Past honorees have included CEO’s, civic leaders who are now in elected office, educators from our local colleges and universities, and everyday heroes who volunteer or go the extra mile in their service.
The Behavioral Health Board will recognize nine heroes, one in each of the following categories:
Agency: An agency whose services for individuals with a behavioral health challenges condition is consumer & family focused, professional, caring, compassionate, and innovative. The agency goes beyond the standard services/treatment and truly seeks to improve a client’s/consumer’s quality of life.
Consumers/Clients: An individual who has received behavioral health services and has demonstrated impressive personal achievements and has provided hope, inspiration or knowledge to others facing similar challenges.
Educator: A professional educator who has taken the extra steps in providing behavioral health services by going beyond their job description. May be an instructor, behavioral health professional, coach, counselor, etc.
Elected Official: A current elected official who has provided exemplary service in advocating for those with behavioral health challenges and/or working to eliminate the stigma and stereotypes that surround the disease.
Faith-Based: A faith-based organization that has provided extraordinary services, which includes community support activities.
Family Member: An individual who has a family member who receives behavioral health services and who has contributed to improving the lives of families who are impacted by behavioral health challenges through advocacy, programs, or activities that reach beyond their own family circumstances to have an impact on the community and/or service delivery system.
Mover and Shaker: A person who has recognized critical behavioral health needs in the greater community and has acted by creating and promoting collaborative innovative and creative initiatives that serve those in need.
Program: A behavioral health program that provides unique services that has had an extraordinary impact on consumers, family members and community.
Volunteer: An individual who has made an impact on the behavioral health community and is not compensated monetarily for their efforts.
The Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board, composed of members of the community at large, clients and family members of clients of the behavioral health system, represents the public interest and advises the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on matters related to the administration of behavioral health services in Santa Clara County.
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