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Community Heroes Awards Ceremony April 22

 Event to Honor Individuals Making a Difference in the Lives of People with Behavioral Health Illnesses
The Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board is holding its fourth annual Community Heroes Awards Ceremony to honor six community members who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with behavioral health illnesses. 
Award Recipients include: Voices United, Gabrielle Antolovich (Agency Hero Award); Adriana Vega (Consumer/Client Hero Award), South County Self Help; Stephen V. Manley (Elected Official Hero Award), Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge; Mike and Lilly Henning (Family Members Hero Award), NAMI Santa Clara; LGBTQ Youth Space (Program Hero Award); and Jorge Wong (Mover and Shaker Hero Award), Ph.D., Asian Americans for Community Involvement; Paul Taylor (Special Recognition).  
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officers of the Year will also be recognized: Agent Campbell Duncan, Campbell; Sgt. Tyson Shearer, Santa Clara; Officer Maggie Leitz, Campbell; Officer Brandon Richards, Morgan Hill; Agent Martin Rivera, Campbell; Agent DuJuan Green, Palo Alto; Officer Ben Lee, Palo Alto; Sgt. Jeff Reed, Mountain View; Officer David Perez, Los Gatos; and PSO Jason Pistor, Sunnyvale.
Supervisor Dave Cortese, President, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Keynote Speaker, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Toni Tullys, Director, Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health Services
Carla Holtzclaw, Chair, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board
Rev. Evelyn Vigil, Invocation
Award Recipients
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (with reception following event)
Keynote speaker: 3:20 p.m.
Awards Presentation: 3:45 p.m.
County of Santa Clara
1555 Berger Drive, Auditorium, Building 2, San Jose
EVENT RSVP: or 408.793-5677
Hero Award Categories
Agency: An agency whose services for individuals with a behavioral health illness 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.
Elected Official: A key elected official who has provided exemplary service in advocating for those with behavioral illnesses and/or working to eliminate the stigma and stereotypes that surround the disease.
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 illness 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.
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Media Contact: Joy Alexiou, Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System, (408) 885-4164; Gwen Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: April 17, 2015
Last updated: 6/22/2017 12:48 PM