The main award of the evening, the 2013 Daniel Moreno Recovery Award, will be presented to the Daniel and Roni Ashford Family. There are three adult children in this family that have all had their own challenges. The family represents recovery from each individual perspective……as a parent, a sibling and an individual.
The Daniel Moreno Recovery Award was introduced in 2007 by Susan Moreno, after her son Daniel committed suicide while receiving treatment for schizophrenia. The Recovery Award recognizes local individuals that have inspired hope and who signify the determination and passion it takes to advocate, educate and support those living with mental illness as well as an individual that personally represents the path of recovery.
Criteria for the Recovery Award is based on 10-core principles of recovery, as determined by the National Consensus Conference on Mental Health Recovery and Mental Health Systems Transformation. These principles are self-direction, individualized and person-centered, empowerment, holistic, non-linear, strengths-based, peer support, respect, responsibility and hope. More information about the 2003 President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health where mental health recovery principles first began gaining foothold can be found here: http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/mentalhealthcommission/press/july03press.htm
In 2012, three additional awards were added to recognize an advocate, direct service provider, and educator for their contributions. This year’s awardees are:
Advocate – The Honorable Ron Barber, Congressman, 2nd District, Arizona
An advocate is a person who speaks and/or writes in support of or on behalf of a person or cause. Congressman Barber will receive this award because of his tireless effort to reduce stigma and create an environment of effective, accessible treatment..
Direct Service Provider – Hazel Heinzer, La Frontera Clinician
As a person who facilitates and/or coordinates services to promote the well being of another, Hazel Heinzer is being recognized for continuous support in treating the entire family in various roles in shelters, homes and clinical settings.
Educator – Cheryl Glass, Camp Wellness, University of Arizona
A person that shares information and knowledge with others, enabling them to increase understanding or skills to enhance their lives, Cheryl Glass was selected because “She has played a key role in helping hundreds of people with a serious mental illness to find meaning and purpose in their own lives and come to the realization that not only is recovery possible but that is can be a reality.”
The Daniel Moreno Award Dinner and Silent Auction takes place on Friday, October 4 at 6:30pm at Skyline Country Club. Tickets are $45/advance and $55 after September 24. Proceeds will benefit the Tucson office of MiKID. More details and tickets are available at www.aurorafoundationaz.org.
The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona, Inc. is the only 501(c)(3) corporation in Southern Arizona that exclusively advocates for justice for all disabled people. AFSA, Inc. works to educate and influence policymakers to take positions on legislation that advance full inclusion, equity, and access for the largest and most marginalized minority group in our nation.
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