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Behavioral Health Community Heroes Awards

​The County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Board is now accepting Community Hero Awards nominees.


Our intent is to recognize eleven (11) members/organizations who have made an extraordinary difference and improved the quality of lives by supporting people and/or their families with behavioral health challenges.  The nomination period will close on February 28, 2021.  Please visit the link here to submit a nomination: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021heroesawards

For additional information or help with completing the nomination form, please contact 

Jessie Ferguson I 408.885.3642  I jessie.ferguson@hhs.sccgov.org

Hero Award Categories:

Agency: An agency whose services for individuals with behavioral health challenges are 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.

Consumer/Client: An individual who has received behavioral health services, has demonstrated impressive personal achievements and has provided hope, inspiration or knowledge to others facing similar challenges.

Educator: A professional educator who has taken extra steps in providing behavioral health services by going beyond their job description. Nominee 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 include community support activities.

Family Member: An individual who has a family member that 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.

Media: A Media Community Hero would provide helpful information to guide people to mental health treatment, i.e., they would be helpful and not harmful in providing useful reporting and successfully follow the national suicide prevention guidelines.

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.

Young Mover and Shaker: A person under the age of 26 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 which have 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.​

Additional Award Criteria:

A. Behavioral Health Board members and their families are not eligible for nominations.
B. Nominations are preferred for recent activity but a long term activity or service may be recognized.
C. Awards are limited to nominees who either reside in or provide services in the County of Santa Clara.​

All nominations will be reviewed by the Behavioral Health Board Selection Committee.  The final award recipients will be voted on by the Behavioral Health Board.  Awards will be presented to the selected recipients at the Annual Behavioral Health Community Heroes Awards to be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 pm.​


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