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Nominations Requested for Michael Prestera Award of Excellence

February 10, 2016

Nominations are open for the Michael Prestera Award of Excellence through March 15, 2016.  This prestigious award recognizes individuals whose contributions have resulted in improvements in mental health and/or substance abuse in Cabell, Mason, Lincoln, Wayne, Kanawha, Clay, Boone and Putnam counties in West Virginia.  This is the 20th year this award has been given.  Criteria for nominees include a person who may have:  Improved health care and the lives of individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse related difficulties; Promoted advancement in education and technology in mental health and/or substance abuse; Developed community networks and systems that ultimately improve the lives of individuals with substance abuse difficulties, severe mental illness and other mental health difficulties throughout the community; or Worked to de-stigmatize mental illness.

Previous winners of the Michael Prestera Award of Excellence include Mildred Bateman, M.D. (1996), Joan E. Ross (1997), Betty Barrett (1998), William Dotson (1999), Delegate Margarette Leach (2000), Francie Roberts-Buchannon (2001), William Wright (2002), Maurice Cooley (2003), Senator Robert Plymale (2004), James Weiler (2005), Delegate Don Perdue (2006), Scott Finn (2006), Linda Pleasants (2007), Jack Clohan (2007), Debby Hibbard (2008), Dr. Ron Duerring (2008), Frank Markun (2009), Karen Yost (2010), Dan Hedges (2011), Delegate Jim Morgan (2012), Bob Hansen (2013), Dave Forinash (2014) and WV Governor Tomblin (2016).  This year’s winner will be honored at the Prestera Annual Board of Director’s meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2015.

To submit a nomination for this prestigious award, e-mail Elizabeth.Miller@prestera.org for a nomination form or send nomination information to Karen.Yost@Prestera.org no later than Tuesday, March 15th. Nominations may also be faxed to 304-697-1251, or mailed to Karen Yost, MPA Nominations, Prestera Center, 5600 U.S. Rt. 60 East, Huntington, WV 25705

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