The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has honored NAMI members Sandra McQueen-Baker of Florida and Lynn Kohr and Nancy Jensen of Kansas, with “Voice Awards” sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The awards were presented in
McQueen-Baker is executive director and founder of Fresh Start Drop-In Center, Inc, a consumer-driven drop-in center that serves the needs of a predominately African American and Caribbean Islander area of Miami-Dade County. McQueen-Baker is also a consumer representative for the Eleventh Judicial Criminal Mental Health Project Jail Diversion Program and is actively involved in training police officers in how to respond to individuals who have mental health problems.
Kohr and Jensen helped pass a bill in the
The Voice Awards recognize consumer leaders who are instrumental in raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues, and whose efforts have helped to promote access to treatment and supports for recovery.
Voice Awards also are presented to producers, writers, and directors in the entertainment industry who have helped to reduce stigma through movies, television series, and documentaries.
David Hoberman, co-creator and executive producer of Monk, received a Career Achievement Award for his years of mental health advocacy. Other recipients of the entertainment awards, included the movies Proof and Jellysmoke, and episodes of the television series Law & Order: SVU and Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.