The Daniel Moreno Awards Dinner and Silent Auction is scheduled for September 7, 2012 at Skyline Country Club. The Awards are given to individuals and/or organizations in the area that promote through their actions the advancement of mental health recovery. In past years individuals were recognized with the Daniel Moreno Recovery Award for being a person that signifies the reality and promise of mental health recovery. This year, the family of Daniel Moreno, who died much too early after being diagnosed with schizophrenia decided to expand the awards and additionally recognize a person or organization that represents the other categories of advocacy, education and direct service provider in the behavioral health community.
In addition to the silent auction and dinner, the evening will include a presentation ceremony and keynote speech from Dr. Jose Apud, Clinical Director of the Schizophrenia Research Program at the National Institutes of Mental Health. Dr. Nicholas Breitborde will also provide an update on the new Epicenter (Early Psychosis Intervention Center) at the UPH South Campus.
The event was founded in 2007 in an effort by the Daniel Moreno Family to increase awareness about mental health recovery and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Ten local individuals have previously been selected to receive the Daniel Moreno Recovery Award. The 2012 Recovery Award will be presented to Sarah Martin, the Advocate Award will be presented to Neal Cash, CPSA CEO/President, the Educator Award to Peter Likins, President Emeritus of the University of Arizona and Adreinne Sainz, LMSW, Clinician at La Frontera will receive the Direct Service Provider. More information about the recipients will be provided over the next month on this blog.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Aurora Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to advancing disability justice and the newly formed Southern Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website at: www.planetaurora.org