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2009 Behavioral Healthcare Champions—Intro

November 2, 2009
by Dennis Grantham
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Honoring six Behavioral Healthcare Champions for 2009

There are a lot of terrific people working in the community behavioral health field, often under demanding or trying circumstances. Beyond the needs of consumers and clients, there's a continuing backdrop of funding cuts, uncertainties about reform, and the need to understand and apply an ever-growing, every-changing body of professional knowledge. It's not a field for the faint of heart.

Our 2009 Champions have “come up” through the field of behavioral healthcare with all of its challenges, difficulties, and occasional rewards. This trajectory has enabled them to blend a thorough understanding of clinical, client, community, and social issues with the unique, often intangible, qualities required to take on leadership roles.

Please join in honoring our fifth annual group of Behavioral Healthcare Champions, whose organizations and impacts have been felt in the lives of toddlers and children, teenagers and young adults, troubled and homeless veterans, and all who struggle with serious mental illness or substance addiction:

John Van Camp-President and CEO, Southwest Solutions, Inc.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Pfromm, MS, MPA-President and CEO, Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

George P. Joseph, LCDC-CEO, The Right Step/Spirit Lodge

J. Michael Armstrong, MA, MBA-CEO, Community Hope, Inc.

David W. Hillis, FACHE, FACATA-President and CEO, AdCare Hospital of Worcester, Inc.

Anthony Zipple, ScD, MBA-CEO, Thresholds

To a person, these six individuals deeply appreciate the importance of mentors, colleagues, board members, civic leaders, friends, and family in their work. The appreciation these Champions have earned in return is reflected not only in the many nominations and comments we received on their behalf, but, we hope, in the all-too-brief profiles that follow.

Behavioral Healthcare 2009 November-December;29(10):10