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DHS news release

Nov. 14, 2006

Contact: Jim Sellers 503-945-5738
Conference contact: Beckie Child 503-725-5953 or beckie.child@gmail.com

Nine Oregonians receive awards for contributions to mental health

Nine people who are making significant contributions to Oregon mental health services received awards at the recent 21st Alternatives Conference in Portland.

Seven Oregonians who have experienced mental illness in their own lives received the Garrett Smith Memorial Award for outstanding service to people with mental illness, known as the "consumer/survivor community." Smith, who died in 2002, served as executive director of Portland-based Mind Empowerment Inc., was the state's first consumer advocacy director and was instrumental in establishing the state Office of Consumer Technical Assistance.

Receiving the Garrett Smith awards were:

  • Nona Clarke of Aloha, an administrative assistant for the nonprofit Washington County Consumer Council.
  • Michael Hlebechuk of Portland, residential services coordinator in the Oregon Department of Human Services Addictions and Mental Health Division.
  • Corbett Monica of Portland, founder of Dual Diagnosis Anonymous and who has worked in the recovery field for 35 years.
  • Angel Moore of Clackamas, program coordinator for the SPIRIT program at Empowerment Initiatives, a Clackamas County nonprofit that assists people with mental illness.
  • Mike Nelson of Pendleton, who works with Lifeways Mental Health Services in Umatilla County.
  • David Romprey of Salem, technical project manager for the National Empowerment Center, which is a recovery resource.
  • Christina Trevino of Salem, consumer affairs specialist for Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network.

In addition, Angela Kimball of Portland and Alice Mills of Ontario received separate awards as outstanding supporters of people who have used Oregon mental health services. Kimball is policy analyst for the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs; Mills works for Lifeways Inc., which delivers mental health services in Malheur and Umatilla counties.

The Oct. 25-29 conference, attended by about 750 people, is the only national mental health conference organized by and for people with mental illness.