Awards

2019 NAMI California Award Nominations Form

NAMI California invites you to submit nominations for awards to be announced and presented at NAMI California Conference 2019, scheduled for May 31 – June 1, 2019 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, California.

The NAMI California Board of Directors will make the final decisions during January 2019. Notifications will be sent out to both the award winners and those that nominated them, no later than the end of February 2019. We urge you to share this information with all your acquaintances and networks.

Click here to download nomination form

 

List of Past NAMI California Awards


Don & Peggy Richardson Memorial Award
For distinguished service to persons afflicted with serious mental illness
2018 – Marvin James Southward, DSW
2017 – Dorothy Hendrickson
2016 – Sharon Roth
2015 – May Farr
2014 – Bettie Reinhardt
2013 – Sharon Dunas, MFT
2012 – Dr. Ralph and Denise Nelson

Outstanding Clergy Award
In appreciation of devoted and compassionate service to those with mental illness and their families
2017 – Rabbi Jon Hanish
2015 – Kent Peters
2014 – Pastor Rick & Kay Warren of Saddleback Church
2012 – Luida Johnson and Ramona Woods
2011 – Gunnar Christiansen

Outstanding Peer Award
For excellence in advocacy and support of recovery
2018 – Greg Adamian
2017 – Rudy Caseres
2016 – Roopa Grewal
2015 – Maricela Estrada
2014 – Robert Villanueva
2013 – Abu Rahim
2012 – Debbie Zomparelli and Danny Gibbs

Family-to-Family Award
For excellence in leadership with the NAMI Family-to-Family programs
2018 – Zee Dankworth
2017 – Lyndall-Marie Armstrong
2016 – Rosina Ehrlich
2015 – Joe W. Rose
2014 – Joe & Madeline Johnson
2012 – Joyce Plis
2011 – Nancy Smith

Media Award
For excellence in reporting on serious mental illness
2017 – David Downey
2015 – California Health Line Daily Digest /Dr. Sandra Hernandez
2014 – California’s Broadcasters Association
2013 – Cristina Mendoza
2010 – Katie Cadigan & Laura Murray

Outstanding Criminal Justice Advocate Award
For exemplary time and effort in advocating for accepted best practices that have resulted in the decriminalization of persons with serious mental illness

2018 – Daniel Lamm

2017 – Armando Sandoval

2016 – Brian Lungren Sr.
2015 – Kathy Ellis
2014 – Mark Gale
2013 – Jim Fix, Psy.D
2012 – Anita Fisher


Outstanding Criminal Justice Professional Award
For a criminal justice professional who has advocated for and has been an integral part in implementing accepted best practices that has resulted in decriminalization of persons with serious mental illness

2017 – Deborah Johnson
2016 –
Jackie Lacey, District Attorney of Los Angeles County
2015 – Commissioner Joe Farrow
2014 – Judge Stephen Manley
2013 – Jean Farley
2012 – Linda Boyd and Barry Perrou


Veteran’s Award
For outstanding service and innovative program development for veterans and their families
2017 – Sean Frederiksen
2014 – Mathew Jensen
2013 – Doug Stephens
2011 – Teresa Bullock

Recovery Practitioner Award
For the clinical staff person who consistently initiates, promotes and reinforces recovery principles within their practice, county and sphere of influence.
2017 – Paul Rains, RN MSN
2016 – Robert M. McCarron, D.O.
2014 – Supervisor Shirlee Zane
2013 – Dr. Mark Ragins
2012 – Dr. Clayton Chau

Zero Tolerance of Seclusion and Restraints Award
For a facility that has done outstanding work toward initiation and implementation of zero seclusion and restraints practices
2014 – John George Psychiatric Hospital
2011 – Guy Qvistgaard

Outstanding Youth Advocate Award 
For excellence in serving as an advocate that has both provided support & further advocacy for youth experiencing serious mental illness
2018 – Jessica Oakes, MFT
2017 – Artesia High School NAMI on Campus High School Club
2016 – Whitney High School – NAMI On Campus High School Club
2014 – Troy Mondragonr, PhD
Ellen Frudakis

Outstanding Mental Health Director Award
For excellence in establishing goals to better support & treat those living with a mental illness in their County
2017 – Elaine Crandall, MS
2016 – Madelyn Schlaepfer
2015 – Mike Kennedy
2014 – Alfredo Aguirre

Outstanding Treatment Provider Award
For providing exemplary treatment & care to those suffering from severe mental illness
2017 – Scott Robertson, MA
2015 – El Camino Hospital
2014 – John George Psychiatric Hospital

Multicultural Outreach Excellence Award
For outstanding achievements in community engagement & cultural inclusion
2018 – Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola
2015 – NAMI Alameda County South
2014 – NAMI Orange County

 NAMI Affiliate Recognition Award For Multicultural Outreach
For outstanding achievements in community engagement & cultural inclusion
2017 – Elaine Peng
2016 – Gigi R. Crowder, L.E.
2015 – Alberto Henriquez

Legislator of the Year Award
For continuing service moving mental health policy forward in California
2018 – Assembly Member Marc Levine
2017 – Senator Holly J. Mitchell
2016 – State Senator Jim Beall

2016 – State Assembly member Susan Bonilla