To be delivered at the 2017 Annual Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference

We invite you to submit a nomination for the Director's Award Program to be awarded on stage at the 2017 Annual Nebraska Behavioral Health Conference. This conference will be held in Lincoln, NE at the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel  from April 11-13, 2017.

The Division of Behavioral Health believes in three simple principles:  Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, and People Recover. Our annual statewide behavioral health conference offers a multi-disciplinary approach which allows participants to engage in an opportunity to grow Nebraska’s behavioral health system. This conference will examine the evolving landscape by turning to those with firsthand experience, and those redefining the behavioral healthcare field. Attendees will learn from the presenters' experience and knowledge to integrate new ideas and to leverage change. Participants will receive critical new tools for Success, Resiliency, and Recovery.

We are calling for nominations that recognize individual and team contributions of those who are striving to make a difference. There are four awards available. One selection will be made in each of the following categories:

1. Excellence in Prevention- Recognizes an individual or team that promotes safe and healthy environments that foster youth, family, and community development through the implementation of early intervention, mental health promotion, and/or substance abuse prevention best practices. 
2. Excellence in Behavioral Health Treatment
a) Recognizes an individual behavioral health provider or organization that works to build a behavioral health system that enables Nebraskans to find effective treatment and services in their communities for mental and/or substance use disorders. This individual/team goes above and beyond to engage Nebraskans so they are aware of and can connect to behavioral health services where they are and when they need them.  
b) Recognizes a health care organization that has achieved primary and behavioral health integration to address the whole health needs of the people it serves and/or has developed innovative ways to promote health and wellness. 

3. Excellence in Recovery and Resiliency– Recognizes an individual/group who utilizes their personal lived experience to support others as they improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. This individual or group works to increase the knowledge of and access to recovery oriented services. They have made strides in their community and work to build upon the strength and resilience of individuals, families, and communities. 

4. Excellence in Systems of Care - Recognizes an individual/group who promotes system of care values and who advocates for, and is involved in, initiatives that promote equal partnerships with youth/families/consumers, improved access to an expanded array of coordinated community-based services and supports, and cross agency collaboration amongst child/consumer serving agencies/organizations. 
Timeframe and Review 

Nominations must be submitted by Friday March 03, 2017 at 5:00 PM CST for consideration.  The review team will then review all applications before the Annual Conference April 11-13, 2017 in Lincoln, NE.

To nominate please complete the following questions

* 1. Which category is your nomination for?

* 2. Is your nomination for an individual or team of individuals ?

* 3. What is the nominee's name? If for a team, please list the name of the team and the lead contact person.

* 4. What is the nominee's telephone number?

* 5. What is the nominee's mailing address?

* 6. What is the nominee's email address

* 7. Please provide your contact information

* 8. Why do you feel this nominee should be awarded one of the Director's Awards at the 2017 Annual Behavioral Health Conference?

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