NAMI National Awards

Each year at the NAMI National Convention, we honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding work in furthering the goals of our movement. Included below are our awards winners.

The Distinguished Service Award is given in recognition of exceptional efforts to further NAMI’s goal of improving the lives of people living with mental illness.

2017 Chirlane McCray
2016 Eric T. Schneiderman
2015 Sen. Darrell Steinberg
2014 V.P Joe & Dr. Jill Biden
2013 Gary Mihelish, D.M.D.
2012 Gen. Peter Chiarelli ( Ret.)
2011 Joyce Burland, Ph.D.
2010 Rep. Patrick Kennedy
2009 Stella March
2008 Judge Steven Leifman
2007 Henry J. Steadman, Ph.D.
2006 Gunnar & Susan Christiansen
2005 Rosalynn Carter
2004 Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton
2003 Sen. Paul Wellstone (posthumously)
2002 Michael Hogan, Ph.D.
2001 Laurie Flynn
2000 David Satcher, MD, Ph.D.

 

The Lionel Aldridge Champions Award recognizes an individual living with mental illness who exhibits courage, leadership and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness.

2017 Thomas Wilkins
2016 Johnny Limbaugh
2015 Terry Taggart
2014 Jason DeShaw
2013 Peggy Swarbrick, Ph. D.
2012 Bonnie Kelly
2011 Mark Vonnegut, M.D.
2010 Quentin Schroeter
2009 Bruce Van Dusen
2008 Jean Campbell, Ph.D.
2007 Kitty Dukakis
2006 Anne Pearce (Patty Duke)
2005 Jim McNulty
2004 William MacPhee
2003 Hikmah Gardiner
2002 Bryce Miller
2001 Maurice Benard
2000 Fred Levine

 

The Outstanding NAMI Member Award is the highest honor given by NAMI to a member in recognition of long and effective work toward accomplishing NAMI’s goals.

2017 Pastor Lesley E. Jones
2016 Toni Hoy
2015 Diane Kratt
2014 Judy and Donald Turnbaugh
2013 Doug and Ruth McKnight
2012 Kathy Brandt
2011 Rev. Hal Taylor
2010 Jacqueline Shannon
2009 Roscoe Swann
2008 Jim & Carol Howe
2007 Evelyn Miller and Don Looney
2006 Janet Susin
2005 William Harwood
2004 Marcia Mathes
2003 Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
2002 Fred Frese, Ph.D.
2001 Ray Sinor
2000 Eleanor Owen

 

The Richard T. Greer Advocacy Award is named after NAMI’s first legislative director and life-long grassroots advocate, and recognizes leadership and vision in advocacy.

2017 Timothy Clement
2016 May Farr
2015 Jim Ogle
2014 Senator Creigh Deeds
2013 Eva Eastwood
2012 Peggy Straw and Gordon Bopp
2011 Joel (Buddy) Wier, III
2010 Jim and Diane Hall
2009 Rev. Craig Rennebohm
2008 Jane Novak
2007 Naomi Verdugo
2006 Joe and Joann Zwack
2005 Julie Tait and Family
2004 Carol Carothers
2003 Gary and Sandra Mihelish

 

The Sam Cochran Criminal Justice Award is named after the founder of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program and is given to recognize outstanding work in the criminal justice system to deal fairly and humanely with people living with mental illness.

2017 Mark Gale
2016 Rick Raemisch
2015 Jackie Lacey
2014 Sheriff Thomas Dart
2013 Senior Corporal Herb Cotner
2012 Sheriff Sue Rahr
2011 Chief William McManus
2010 Chief David Kunkle
2009 Judge Stephen Manley
2008 Lt. Deanne Adams
2007 Vernon M. Keenan
2006 Judge Steven Leifman
2005 Officer Frank Webb (Houston PD)
2004 Sergeant Carol Oleksak (Albuquerque PD)

 

The Young Leader Award recognizes a young adult between the ages of 16-30 who exhibits exceptional leadership, increases resiliency, promotes recovery, and works to ensure that young people living with mental illness live a full life in the community.

2017 Rachel Ritchie
2016 Amanda Lipp
2015 Alexis Hill
2014 Amanda Swindle
2013 Stacy Hollingsworth

 

The Multicultural Outreach Award honors effective efforts to ensure that diversity and inclusion are high priorities within NAMI.

2017 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Tennessee Chapters
2016 Elaine Peng
2015 NAMI Wisconsin
2014 NAMI Ohio
2013 Brenda Wesley
2012 Gareth Fenley
2011 NAMI San Antonio
2010 Martha Silva
2009 Jackie Lukitsch
2008 Luisa Perez
2007 NAMI San Diego
2006 NAMI Tennessee
2005 NAMI Southern Arizona
2004 Lupe Morin
2003 NAMI Dallas
2002 NAMI New Jersey
2001 NAMI of Greater Kansas City

 

The Outstanding NAMI Affiliate Award is given to recognized exceptional efforts at the local level in carrying out the NAMI mission as defined by the NAMI Standards of Excellence.

2017 NAMI Greater Houston
2016 NAMI Rochester
2015 NAMI Western Nevada
2014 NAMI Greater Cleveland
2013 NAMI Austin
2012 NAMI Beaufort Country S.C.
2011 NAMI San Diego
2010 NAMI San Antonio
2009 NAMI Central Ozarks
2008 NAMI New York City Metro and NAMI Mid-Carolina
2007 NAMI of DuPage County (IL)
2006 NAMI Southwest Louisiana
2005 NAMI Pinellas County (FL)
2004 NAMI Metro Baltimore
2003 NAMI Collier County (FL)
2002 NAMI Fort Wayne (IN)
2001 NAMI Mercer (NJ)
2000 NAMI Memphis

 

The Outstanding NAMI State Organization Award recognizes exceptional efforts on the state level in carrying out the NAMI mission as defined by the NAMI Standards of Excellence.

2016 NAMI Alabama
2015 NAMI Massachusetts
2014 NAMI Virginia
2013 NAMI Wisconsin
2012 NAMI California and NAMI North Carolina
2011 NAMI Connecticut
2010 NAMI New Hampshire
2009 NAMI Minnesota
2008 NAMI Illinois
2007 NAMI Utah
2006 NAMI Louisiana
2005 NAMI Kansas
2004 NAMI South Carolina
2003 NAMI Missouri
2002 NAMI Idaho
2001 NAMI Florida
2000 NAMI North Carolina

 

The Rona and Ken Purdy Award honors an individual or organization that has done significant work in raising public awareness about mental illness and reducing stigma.

2017 Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
2016 Shannon Jaccard
2015 NAMI New York City Metro
2014 Wil Wheaton
2013 The Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL)
2012 Ron Barber
2011 Doris Buffet
2010 Glenn Close
2009 Nathaniel Ayers
2008 Jane Pauley
2007 Jonathan Charles Alder
2006 The Honorable Richard Cody
2005 Jamie Blyth
2004 Jean Singleton Liechty
2003 Laura Lawless
2002 Sally Moorman
2001 Carrie Fisher
2000 Ken Steele

 

The Gloria Huntley Award is presented by the NAMI Restraints and Seclusion Committee for exemplary work in elimintation restraint and seclusion.

2016 Bill Lichtenstein
2015  

 

The Ken Steele Award recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual living with mental illness to improve quality of life, increase empowerment and promote integration and inclusion for other peers.

2017 Christine Thompson
2016 Alicia Smith
2015