2015 Community Innovation Awards
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CONNECT 4 MENTAL HEALTH® RECOGNIZES FOUR ORGANIZATIONS EXHIBITING INNOVATIVE WORK
C4MH is pleased to highlight winners of the 2015 Community Innovation Awards program, all of which exemplify C4MH’s mission, and have demonstrated innovative work in the four C4MH pillars. Winners will receive a $10,000 award and access to a one-on-one mentorship program, allowing them to learn from exemplary community-based programs that were recognized as “national success communities” in 2013.
Mental Health America (MHA) of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio (Covington, KY) is dedicated to promoting mental health and working to prevent mental and substance use disorders through education, advocacy, and service. The organization established and supports MHA’s Tri-State Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Hub (Tri-State Hub), which oversees a multi-state MHFA initiative to improve mental health literacy, reduce stigma and provide early identification and intervention. In cooperation with partner agencies, the Tri-State Hub has held 36 MHFA courses, certifying 790 people in mental health first aid literacy since its inception.
Learn More at www.mhankyswoh.org
Creative Use of Technology
NAMI San Diego (San Diego, CA), in collaboration with the County of San Diego and other mental health organizations, created the “Tech CAFÉ” to address the technology divide by ensuring that technology tools such as hardware, software and training are easily accessible for individuals with mental illness and their families. The resources and education provided by Tech CAFÉ are meant to empower individuals to find independence and resilience through technology by learning to access online health and wellness resources, gain employment and access online education.
Learn More at www.namisandiego.org
Continuity of Care
NAMI Greater Cleveland (Cleveland, OH) is dedicated to empowering persons affected by mental illness and their family members to achieve a better quality of life by providing them with support, education, referral and advocacy. The organization’s Emotional Wellness Programming supports high-poverty public housing residents who have experienced long lapses in treatment or have never received services for suspected mental illness. The program has been implemented at two inner-city public housing complexes in Cleveland. As a result, residents at each facility have improved their physical and mental well-being, nurtured a supportive community of peers, and successfully avoided eviction. NAMI Greater Cleveland was awarded NAMI’s 2014 National Affiliate of the Year.
Learn More at namigreatercleveland.org
Jefferson Center for Mental Health (Wheat Ridge, CO) serves people throughout Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties at over 23 locations, as well as schools, nursing homes, and other community settings. Jefferson Center partnered with community organizations to develop Union Square Health Home, a fully integrated health care home for adults with serious mental illness that offers psychiatric and mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, primary care, wellness services, and peer health coaching under one roof. Union Square was developed to ensure that people who suffer from mental illness receive the best possible care and are diverted from inappropriate and costly care settings. Since its inception in 2013, 653 patients have enrolled in Union Square.
Learn More at www.jcmh.org