2012 PRISM Awards
For over 60 years, Mental HealthAmerica of Greater Dallas (MHA) has been consistently serving the people of Dallas County and its surrounding communities. Our mission is to lead the community in improving mental health through advocacy and education. Our goal is to: give a voice to people without a voice in our community, help people help themselves, and change how people think about mental illness and mental health.
MHA also realizes the importance of recognizing those outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to improving the mental health of our community. For over 20 years, MHA has had the privilege of honoring these distinguished advocates and leaders by hosting a signature event, the PRISM Awards ceremony.
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas presents the 2012 Prism Awards, which pay tribute to those who have made a difference in the community on behalf of individuals with mental illness, as well as those who have worked to improve awareness of mental health issues.
The 2012 PRISM Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Cityplace 42nd floor.
For sponsorship information, contact Sarah Bayley at: email@example.com or 214.871.2420 x106.
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Mental Health America of Greater Dallas and the Board of Directors Proudly Present:
2012 PRISM Award Ceremony Honorees
Ruth Altshuler Award
Recognizes outstanding community service meeting the needs of persons with mental illness. This award is named for and presented by community volunteer and philanthropist, Ruth Sharp Altshuler.
Honoree: Molly Van Ort Mental Health Advocate and Community Philanthropist
Presenter: Ruth Altshuler
Lightner Sams Foundation Child Advocate Award
Recognizes outstanding and exemplary dedication and service to the mental health needs of children and adolescents. This award was established in 2004 in honor of the superior support and commitment of Sue and Larry Lightner.
Honoree: Karen Williams Director, Rainbow Days, Inc.
Presenter: Derek Adleta
Pamela Blumenthal Memorial Award
Recognizes long-term commitment to quality of care and dedicated delivery of services to people with mental illnesses. This award, presented by Beverly Blumenthal, LMSW-ACP, is dedicated to the memory of Pamela Blumenthal, Ph.D., an extraordinary and caring mental health professional who died in 1990.
Honoree: John Bennett, M.D. Medical Director, ADAPT of Texas
Presenter: Beverly Blumenthal
Carmen Miller Michael Mental Health Advocate Award
Recognizes consistent advocacy on behalf of emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and adults with serious mental illnesses. The award commemorates the work Carmen M. Michael, Ph. D., the first board chair and founding member of MHA. Dr. Miller has dedicated her lifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s work to developing a more humane and compassionate community response to children and adults with mental health needs.
Honoree: Scott Griggs Dallas City Councilmember, Boarding Home Reform
Presenter: State Representative Jerry Madden
Special Recognition Award
Recognizes long-term and exemplary dedication to improving the mental health of the community.
Honoree: Major General James Williams (Retired), OHR and VCNCT
Presenter: Judge Michael Snipes
Honoree: Sergeant Ilana Presley (Retired) - Crisis Intervention Training
Presenter: Tom Collins CEO, Green Oaks Hospital
Recognizes long-term commitment to improving the mental health of the community through the use of media to increase awareness and educate the public.
Honoree: William McKenzie Editorial Columnist Dallas Morning News
Presenter: Charlie Lindsey