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DHS news release

Aug. 21, 2007

Contact: Jim Sellers 503-945-5738
Program contact: Jamie Rockwell 503-945-9708

Nominations sought for annual Mental Health Awards for Excellence

People who want to recommend an Oregonian or Oregon organization for a 2007 Mental Health Award for Excellence have until Sept. 6 to submit nominations.

The awards, presented annually by the Oregon Department of Human Services Addictions and Mental Health Division, will be presented during an Oct. 19 ceremony in Salem.

Nominees may be people receiving services, family members, mental health advocates, treatment providers, mental health professionals or employees. People submitting nominations should include a summary of the nominee's contributions to the mental health field with supporting documents such as news clippings, photos and letters of recommendation.

Awards have been presented annually since 1988 in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, which this year occurs Oct. 7-13 with the theme "Building Community -- Taking Action."

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