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Awards of Excellence 2018
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Nominations for the 2018 Awards of Excellence program are now closed.

Award Categories

Nominating peers gives FADAA member organizations a forum for recognizing colleagues in four categories who are innovative, inspiring, and dedicated. 

Before Getting Started

The nomination process for FADAA's 2018 Awards of Excellence is an online application. Before beginning, consider pulling together the following:

  • Written description of the special efforts the nominee has taken in their delivery of services
  • Length of service in their nominated field
  • Client population served
  • Average number of persons directly served by the nominee during a week/month/year.
  • Special credentials or certifications
  • Written description of benefits to clients, agency, and broader community 
  • Letter of recommendation from someone other than yourself in a .pdf version to attach

Member Status Verification

Nominators must register (new user) or sign in with a user name and password in order to access the online nomination applications.

Active membership status may be verified by conducting an Agency/Company Search (leave all fields blank and select Continue to search all members). 

Timeframe

Award Recipients will be selected and nominators notified toward the end of July. Award Recipients will receive a complimentary registration to the 2018 Behavioral Health Conference, August 15 - 17, 2018. 

 

The Recovery Support Specialist of the Year Award


The Recovery Support Specialist uses their lived experiences and skills learned in training to help others achieve and maintain recovery from substance use disorders or mental illness. 

Nominations for this award category may be peers supporting:

  • Families, Parents, or Caregivers
  • Recovery from mental health conditions Recovery from substance use disorders

By sharing their own lived experience and practical guidance, peer workers help people to develop their own goals, create strategies for self-empowerment, and take concrete steps towards building fulfilling, self-determined lives for themselves.

Peer support encompasses a range of activities and interactions between people who have shared similar experiences of being diagnosed with mental health conditions. This mutuality between a peer worker and person using services promotes connection and inspires hope. Peer support offers a level of acceptance, understanding, and validation.

Eligibility

·         Employed by a FADAA member organization for a least 1 year

·         Holds a minimum of a high-school diploma, general equivalency degree or higher

·         Actively working as a Recovery Support Specialist

·         1 Letter of Recommendation from an individual other than the nominator

·         Has not been selected for this award within the past 5 years

Read about the 2017 Recovery Support Specialist Award Recipient.

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The Volunteer of the Year Award


Services provided by volunteers vary widely, from translating materials for non-English speakers, stuffing envelopes, and preparing meals, to providing medical care, legal support, and evaluation expertise. Volunteers provide clinical services within the applicable scopes of practice; mentor, tutor, and train clients and other volunteers; and help with organizational operations, such as technical support. Volunteers can bring fresh and spontaneous enthusiasm, a cheerful and willing spirit, and a sustained commitment to the substance use disorder and mental health field.

Treatment and recovery programs may use volunteers to assist with running 12-Step support groups, educational support groups for the children of clients in treatment, and cultural and recreational activities. Volunteers welcome individuals arriving for treatment and their families, orient them, and make them comfortable; help with events, medical records, media relations, fundraising, community outreach and awareness programs, and in-service training; and sometimes perform clinical internships in treatment programs.

In residential treatment and transitional housing settings, volunteers serve as house managers, provide child care for children while their parents are in groups, take clients to appointments with doctors, and transport children to schools.

Volunteers working in jail and prison programs provide education on addiction and recovery, individual and group counseling, vocational training, and life skills classes, as well as lead parenting, anger management, and relapse prevention groups. In some cases, volunteers provide services in landscaping, ensuring that there is a beautiful place for recovery.

Eligibility

·         Has served with a FADAA member organization for a least 1 year

·         1 Letter of Recommendation from an individual other than the nominator

·         Has not been selected for this award within the past 5 years

Read about the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient.

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The Professional of the Year Award 

Behavioral health services rely on the serious contributions of a range of professionals, including addiction counselors, educators, program administrators, and others who work to create healthier individuals, families, and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment, and recovery support.

This award category recognizes experienced individuals providing oversight and direction to the provision of direct services and may or may not themselves see clients. Whether it’s through the development and dissemination of training and competencies or supervising the deployment of services across a variety of public health and health care delivery settings, these professionals are integral to behavioral health.

Nominees may include, but are not limited to, addiction specialists, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrist, psychologies, social workers, or mental health counselors.  These professionals may perform a variety of roles such as: oversee case management and develop leadership teams, conduct research, provide assessments or exams, streamline processes, or specialize in counseling.  Areas of expertise may be in criminal justice programs, employee assistance, reimbursement and finance, education, quality control and process improvement processes, and community outreach.

 

Eligibility

·         May or may not see clients

·         Has served with a FADAA member organization for a least 1 year; or

·         Has held an individual FADAA membership for at least 1 year; and

·         Letter of Recommendation from an individual other than the nominator; and

·         Has not been selected for this award within the past 5 years

Read about the 2017 Professional of the Year Award Recipient.

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The Clinician of the Year Award
Clinicians working in behavioral health represent a broad range of several disciplines, including social work, psychology, nursing, and both mental health and substance use disorder counseling. The clinician eligible for this award category, carries a case load, providing direct client services.

Clinicians working with people with mental health conditions and substance use disorders or their families integrate recovery-oriented practice into their professional practice, applying clinical knowledge to the benefit of their clients. Clinicians nominated for this award will be familiar with the latest assessment, intervention approaches, and practice models.

Clinicians providing direct client services may include:

·         Nurses, including advance practice and psychiatric

·         Medical directors

·         Psychologists

·         Psychiatrists

·         Social Workers

·         Mental Health Counselors

·         Chaplains

·         Behavioral Analysts

Eligibility

·         Provides direct client services and see clients; and

·         Has served with a FADAA member organization for a least 1 year; or

·         Has held an individual FADAA membership for at least 1 year; and

·         1 Letter of Recommendation from an individual other than the nominator; and

·         Has not been selected for this award within the past 5 years

Read about the 2017 Clinician of the Year Award Recipient.

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