Behavioral Health Recognition Dinner

Celebrating the Behavioral Health Community of San Diego County

Awards & Award Categories 

We are excited to announce the 2019 Behavioral Recognition Dinner Award Winners!!


Please note that the Behavioral Health Recognition Dinner Committee has no role in determination of winners.  A group of readers is solicited representing the demographics of San Diego County to ensure fairness of the nomination forms.


Administrative Support Staff can be an individual within clerical, medical records, technical or information services support for example. Enid Oyoque, Community Research Foundation


Case Manager can be an individual acting in a case manager role regardless of title. Angela Nagel, Mental Health Systems, Inc.


Clinician includes physicians, social workers, psychologists, therapists and nurses. Kaitlin Phelan, RN, Alvarado Parkway Institute


First Responder recognizes the role of law enforcement, fire fighters, and paramedics.  Deputy Ronald Joslin, County of San Diego


Manager refers to a Program Manager or Director, Program or Service Administrator not involved in direct care. Renee Novo, Alvarado Parkway Institute


Media is a more recent category including print, radio or television reporting which presents an accurate, compassionate and dignified view of behavioral health issues.  None


Outpatient Services focuses on a staff member providing direct care in settings that could include day treatment, partial hospitalization, or clinics.  Jen Osborn, Mental Health Systems, Inc.


24-Hour Treatment Facility recognizes any program or staff member providing direct care to children, adults, or older adults in a 24-hour treatment facility. Jackson House, Alvarado Parkway Institute


Self-Help highlights clubhouse staff, consumers or advocates for self-help programs and/or a self-help program. Teresa Van Devere, Community Research Foundation


Service Support includes home aides, housekeepers, maintenance workers, transportation, and security staff. Max dela Rosa, Alvarado Parkway Institute


Housing awards staff or facilities, such as supportive housing, independent living, residential care facilities, group or foster homes, transitional housing, or from housing coalitions. People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)


Vocational or Educational Support focuses on a staff or program, including peer and family educators, job coaches, etc.  Recovery International


Volunteer recognizes an adult, older adult, transitional age youth or children’s behavioral health program.  Faith Stagg, Vista Hill


Behavioral Health Person of the Year nominee is a critical award and the individual nominated may represent adult, older adult, transitional age youth or children’s behavioral health services, and the clients, families, or the community at large. They may be nominated for their collective body of work.  This award highlights a large and longstanding contribution to improving the behavioral health services offered throughout San Diego County.  Gregory Knoll, Esq. Legal Aid Society