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Behavioral Healthcare names five BH Champions for 2010

July 29, 2010
by Dennis Grantham, Senior Editor
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Recipients represent the most accomplished leaders in the industry

Behavioral Healthcare, the professional journal serving the executive, clinical, and operating leadership of mental health and substance abuse centers nationwide, is pleased to announce its list of 2010 Behavioral Health Champions:

Franklin D. Lisnow, Executive Director, CeDAR (the Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation) at the University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colo.
William J. Sette, President and CEO, Preferred Behavioral Healthcare of New Jersey, Lakewood, N.J.
Denise Bertin-Epp, President and Chief Nurse, Brighton Hospital, Brighton, Mich.
Robert E. Whaley, Executive Director, Southeast Behavioral Health Group, LaJunta, Colo.
Gary Van Nostrand, President and CEO, SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc., Ewing, N.J.

The 2010 Behavioral Health Champions (from left to right): Gary Van Nostrand, Denise Bertin-Epp, William J. Sette, Robert E. Whaley, and Franklin D. Lisnow

These champions, nominated by their peers and selected by the editorial team of Behavioral Healthcare magazine, rank among the most active and accomplished executives and leaders in the fields of community mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment and recovery. Each will be recognized at an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) on September 10, 2010.

“These champions, and the organizations they lead, continue to make great contributions to all those struggling to recover from serious mental illness, mental trauma and substance use disorders across the United States,” says Dennis Grantham, senior editor of Behavioral Healthcare magazine. “Each has played an important role in leading, or reinventing, approaches that help thousands, from young children and teens to adults and military veterans, to recover and reclaim their lives.”

Programs led by the 2010 Champions have:

• Blazed new trails in recovery-oriented services for those suffering from serious mental illnesses, including effective, community-based treatment;
• Expanded the reach of behavioral health services into the realm of law enforcement, providing youthful offenders with the guidance and support needed to set a positive course;
• Built supported-housing, education, and employment programs that have helped thousands to recover their lives, families, and ability to live independently in their communities;
• Developed integrated approaches for substance-use disorder treatment that have helped thousands of people achieve and maintain sobriety; and
• Influenced the selection and adoption of key measures of quality and treatment effectiveness, as well as their measurement through the use of health information technology.

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