Hundreds of mental health advocates from across the country
gathered to move the “Fight for Justice” forward at NMHA’s
2004 Annual Conference, which was held in June.
Through plenary sessions and more than 30 workshops,
participants met with the nation’s foremost experts to explore
the many barriers people face when accessing mental health
treatment, to share proven solutions from the field and to find
practical, new ways to improve access to care.
expert speakers were A. Kathryn Power, director of the federal
Center for Mental Health Services, and Shay Bilchik, president
and CEO of the Child Welfare League of American.
NMHA also honored exceptional leaders and programs in the
mental health movement at the conference. Winners include:
- Clifford W. Beers Award: Angela Vickers, mental health
educator and advocate, Jacksonville, Fla.
- Sandy Brandt Volunteer Service Award: Pender McElroy,
NMHA board member, Charlotte, N.C.
- Tipper Gore “Remember the Children” Award:
Glenda Fine, founder of the Parents Involved Network at the
MHA of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
- mpower Youth Awards: Adam Oates, 14, Lawndale, N.C.;
Kristina Hebner, 17, Staten Island, N.Y.; Maryley Prunty-
Lara, 19, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Kristy Worthen, 25,
- Lela Rowland Prevention Award: Alliance for Families and
Children, Hennepin County, Minn., for its Primary Project
- Innovation in Programming: MHA of Southeastern
Pennsylvania for its Training, Education and Consultation
(TEC) Family Center
- Betty Humphrey “Cultural Competence” Award:
North Carolina for its Hispanic/Latino Outreach Program.
Outstanding journalists got top honors for their
educate the public about mental health: University’s
Daily Northwestern, Chicago Public Radio,
Angeles Times Magazine, Eagle-Tribune (Mass.), Science magazine,
ABC News-Primetime Monday, Lichtenstein Creative Media,
Chicago Tribune Magazine, Polaris Images, and IFC
2005 Annual Conference will be held June
Washington, D.C. under the ,Justice for All,” theme,
reflects our continuing quest to ensure that all people
need mental health treatment have full access to care.
to return often to NMHA’s Web site for updates.
NMHA’s 2004 Annual Conference was made possible
through the generous support of
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals,
Inc.; Eli Lilly and
Company; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, L.P.; Forest
Laboratories, Inc., and Janssen
Pharmaceutical Products, L.P.; McNeil Consumer & Specialty
Pharmaceuticals, LLC.; and Discover Card. The conference
was made possible with
additional generous support from the Center for
Mental Health Services and the
National Institute of Mental Health.