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Behavioral Healthcare names six Champions for 2009

December 2, 2009
by By Dennis Grantham, Senior Editor
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Executives in the field receive recognition for their accomplishments

Behavioral Healthcare, the widely-read professional journal serving managers and clinicians in the mental health and substance abuse fields, is pleased to announce its list of 2009 Behavioral Health Champions:

John Van Camp-President and CEO, Southwest Solutions, Inc., Detroit, Michigan.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Pfromm, MS, MPA-President and CEO, Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, Los Angeles, California.
George P. Joseph, LCDC-CEO, The Right Step/Spirit Lodge, Houston, Texas.
J. Michael Armstrong, MA, MBA-CEO, Community Hope, Inc., Parsippany, New Jersey.
David W. Hillis, FACHE, FACATA-President and CEO, AdCare Hospital of Worcester, Massachusetts.
Anthony Zipple, ScD, MBA-Chief Executive Officer, Thresholds, Chicago, Illinois.

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 on February 22, 2010, at the SECAD ’10 conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

“These champions, and the organizations they lead, continue to make remarkable contributions to those struggling to recover from brain injury, mental trauma, mental illness, and substance addiction across the United States,” says Dennis Grantham, senior editor of Behavioral Healthcare magazine. “Each has led or fostered innovative approaches that have helped thousands, from young children and teens to adults and military veterans, to begin and follow the path of recovery.”

Beyond their impact on individuals, programs led by the 2009 Champions have helped reshape and restore families and communities through excellence in a wide range of community behavioral health programs:

• supported housing and employment programs,
• early-childhood and teen intervention programs,
• adult programs, including parenting and financial literacy,
• integrated medical and behavioral health programs, and
• community and economic development programs.

Profiles of the 2009 Behavioral Health Champions can be found in the November/December issue of Behavioral Healthcare magazine or in the Behavioral Health Champions tab found at