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2013 Morgan Impact Awards presented

12/12/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Shown from left are Morgan Impact Award honorees Terry Dalton; Michael Woody; Fred Frese, Ph.D.; Dr. Mark Munetz; and Lon Herman.
Photo courtesy of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
ROOTSTOWN — The Fourth Annual Morgan Impact Awards, honoring individuals and organizations impacting areas of mental health, education and the arts, were presented Nov. 21 at the Ralph Regula Conference Center at NEOMED.

More than 250 invited guests were welcomed at a reception prior to the dinner and awards program, including: Elinore Stormer, Summit County Court of Common Pleas judge; Thomas Teodosio, of Summit County Court of Common Pleas judge; Linda Tucci Teodosio, Summit County Juvenile Court judge; Lisa Coates, Stow Municipal Court judge; William Currin, mayor of Hudson; David Lieberth, former deputy mayor, city of Akron; Jerry Craig, Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADM) Board; Bill Denihan, Cuyahoga County ADM Board; Kathy Chaffee, Mental Health and Recovery Board Columbiana County; Joel Mowrey, Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County; Steven Stone, Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County; David James, superintendent, Akron Public Schools; Tallmadge City School District and Board representatives; Mark Scheffler, Leadership Akron; John Garofalo, Akron Community Foundation; and Kirstin Toth, GAR Foundation.

The evening began with a welcome from The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation President Rick Kellar, who said, “We are excited to recognize these individuals who bring remarkable value to our community.”

The program consisted of short video segments highlighting the work of each award recipient. Following a short speech, honorees took home a Fräbel custom glass dogwood sculpture and a framed certificate.

Kellar announced the honorees:

  • Lt. Michael Woody (Ret.) was presented the Award for Enterprise for his dedication to bringing the Crisis Intervention Team to Ohio in 2000. Eighty-five Ohio Counties and a growing number of nationwide police departments are adopting this approach to interacting effectively and safely with people with mental illness. Under the program, known as Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs), officers volunteer to be trained to know how mental illness manifests and learn the best practices for interacting with individuals experiencing mental health crises in the field. CIT has grown into an internationally recognized program with trained members in the United States, Canada and Australia.
  • The Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center, housed at Northeast Ohio Medical University, received the Award for Innovation. The center promotes recovery and improves the lives of people affected by schizophrenia by accelerating the adoption of evidence-based and promising treatment practices, according to foundation officials. Center staff work with mental health consumers, family members, partners, consultants and policy makers to build the capacity of community mental health organizations to provide optimal care. Dr. Mark Munetz, endowed chair of psychiatry, and Lon Herman, center director, accepted the award on behalf of the BeST Center.
  • Terry Dalton, president and CEO of Community Support Services (CSS), received the Award for Collaboration. According to foundation officials, under his leadership, Akron’s CSS has been a pioneer in implementing cutting-edge evidence-based programs. Their collaborative relationships with other organizations have been essential to ensuring individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness can and do recover. The community partnerships allow comprehensive wrap-around services to individuals and families within their neighborhood.
  • Fred Frese, Ph.D., was honored with the Compass Award for being a public voice for people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. He is a consumer, provider and advocate seeking to decrease discrimination and promote a better understanding of mental illness. Frese experienced his first schizophrenic break while serving as an officer in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. For the next 10 years, he was in and out of mental hospitals. In 1990, he began speaking publicly, sharing his experiences as a consumer/provider and coupling his professional knowledge with his own stories of treatment and discrimination.

To view Impact Award recipient videos, go to www.mcmfdn.org/impact-award-recipients.

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