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Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board Seeks Nominations for Community Heroes Awards

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board is seeking nominations for its Community Heroes Awards to recognize community members who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with behavioral health illnesses.  Deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2016.
 
“The Community Behavioral Health Heroes Award recognizes the work of individuals and programs devoted to providing compassionate behavioral health services throughout the county,” said Gail A. Price, Chair of the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board.
 
The Behavioral Health Board is seeking to recognize six heroes, one in each of the following 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 current 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. This individual 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.
 
The criteria for consideration of 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.  Board members and their families are not eligible for nominations; nominations should be based on recent activity, but may recognize a long term activity or service; and awards are limited to nominees who either reside in or provide services in Santa Clara County.
 
The awardees will be honored at the Fifth Annual SCCBHB Community Heroes Awards Ceremony on May 4, 2016, 2:30 pm - 4:30 p.m., at the San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose, CA.
 
Nomination forms can be found at the Behavioral Health Board website at www.sccgov.org/sites/mhd/MentalHealthBoard
 
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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Media Contact: Laurel Anderson/Anne Chang, Office of Public Affairs, 408-299-5119;
Posted: January 19, 2016​