Honors to an area school district’s prevention efforts and recognition of a police officer’s commitment to help those dealing with mental illness will be part of the Tri-County Mental Health Services annual banquet and 25thanniversary celebration at the Courtyard Marriott of Kansas City at Briarcliff on Monday, Aug. 31.
The keynote speaker will be author Kevin Hines, who will share the story of his book, “Cracked Not Broken.” Now a global speaker, author and mental health advocate, Hines is among the few to survive an attempt to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
A major highlight of the evening will be honors to seven individuals and organizations as 2015 annual award recipients. These honorees include:
Liberty School District – Outstanding Commitment to Prevention Award for continued support of the district’s prevention coalition, Liberty Alliance For Youth, as well as full support of Tri-County’s ongoing prevention efforts such as the Northland Youth Leadership Summit, Girl Power, the Northland Coalition and a host of other programs and training opportunities.
Charles Ray – The Phoenix Community Achievement Award. Ray served from 1988 to 2003 as the president and chief executive officer of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. In this role, he impacted the field of behavioral health at a national level; however, before that position Mr. Ray worked for Tri-County Mental Health Services when it was a division of North Kansas City Hospital and continued to serve as a critical ally who insured that behavioral healthcare services would continue in the Northland.
Dr. Keith Schafer – Outstanding Professional Achievement in Behavioral Health Award recognizing his 28 years in behavioral health, twice serving as director of the Missouri Department of Behavioral Health. Schafer supported the development of the Governor’s Partnership for Hope, which provides home and community based services to Missourians with developmental disabilities and their families.
Amie Attebery – Outstanding Provider Achievement Award. An employee of Mental Health Resources in Kansas City since 1997, Attebery has worked tirelessly with hundreds of consumers while mentoring other case managers.
Officer J.D. Pettey, Kansas City Police Department – Crisis Intervention Team – Officer of the Year Award. Pettey has been a KCPD officer for 18 years and a Crisis Intervention Training officer for 12 years. He helps Tri-County’s Mental Health Liaison with follow-up visits for clients who have recently experienced a mental health crisis and is a strong voice for the CIT program.
Two additional award recipients will be announced at the event.
The celebration begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:45. For additional information on the Tri-County banquet, contact Vicki Ryan at [email protected] or call 816.468.0400. You may also signup online at the Tri-County website, www.tri-countymhs.org.