The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) presented the 2012 NAPHS Grassroots Leadership Award to Pat Connell, RN, MBA, FACHE, CBHE, CIP, CHC, vice president of behavioral health, compliance and government for Boys Town Behavioral Health Division, Omaha, Neb.
The award recognizes an individual whose actions demonstrate strong commitment to improving the lives of individuals who face mental and substance use disorders. The award was presented at the NAPHS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
In announcing the award, NAPHS President/CEO Mark Covall noted that successful advocates are active in their communities and work to develop relationships with all key stakeholders. “These relationships are not built overnight, but take time and effort to foster. Change happens because of the action of individuals, and we are proud of Pat Connell’s ongoing contributions.”
Connell was recognized for taking direct, personal action to educate members of Congress as well as state and local legislators about issues including mental health and substance use parity, special education funding of residential treatment centers, and the need for adequate Medicaid funding.