Daniel Moreno Award Will Honor US Representative Ron Barberby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Sep. 06, 2013, under Press Releases
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Tucson, Ariz (September 4, 2013) – US Representative Ron Barber is among the awardees that will be present at the 5th Annual Daniel Moreno Award Dinner & Silent Auction on Friday, October 4.
The main award of the evening, the 2013 Daniel Moreno Recovery Award, will be presented to the Daniel Rivera-Ashford Family, whose children have mental illness and caring, compassionate, love, and empowering family bonds shaped their path to recovery.
The Daniel Moreno Recovery Award was introduced in 2007 by Susan Moreno, after her son Daniel died by 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 recovery principles can be found here: http://www.samhsa.gov/pubs/mhc/MHC_recovery.htm
In 2012, three additional awards were added to recognize an advocate, direct service provider, and educator in 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 long-time, steadfast advocacy for investing in mental health services and reducing stigma associated with mental illness. His lifetime advocacy efforts were exemplified by his introduction of the Mental Health First Aid Act in Congress, January 2013.
Direct Service Provider – Hazel Heinzer, La Frontera
As a person who facilitates and/or coordinates services to promote the well being of another, Ms. Heinzer is being recognized for her persistence and patience seeking to promote the well-being of her clients from their clinical treatment to their involvement in community activities into adulthood.
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 under Ms. Glass’ leadership, not only did Camp Wellness thrive and flourish but has become a shining example of an empowerment based recovery program embodying all the values represented by the Daniel Moreno Award.
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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