FRN Family Recognition Celebrations

2010 FRN Family Recognition Celebration


Kathleen Cantwell (second from right), Coordinator of FRN with the families receiving FRN Award Certificates. Receiving certificates were: Mae Banks; Loretta Ferry; Ronnie & Mel Flitter: Carmen Garcia; Marlene Hill; Melodie Jackson; Juanita Key; Andrea McNeil; Elaine Skoloczylas: Lorraine Sullivan; Mary Whitfield

On Saturday, April 17, 2010 the Family Resource Network held its first annual Family Recognition Celebration. The event facility was generously provided by the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment.

The celebration served several purposes :

  • to bring together all the family members who participate with one of the various FRN member organizations
  • to honor these families, and the leadership of their support groups
  • to provide current behavioral health information and resources
  • to meet other families and advocates learn about “family inclusive” efforts


Featured speakers were Dr. Arthur Evans, Director of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health & Mental Retardation Services and Michele Dowell, Coordinator for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team. Dr. Evans spoke about the department’s commitment to Recovery Transformation and the importance of families being involved at all levels in the behavioral health system. Michele Dowell informed the audience as to the collaborative efforts of the Department of Behavioral Health and the Philadelphia Police Department to train police officers about behavioral health issues and the positive impact it is having for officers, individuals in need of behavioral health assistance, and their families.

One family member from each support group was honored with a certificate for their enduring efforts to support their loved one.

Families found the event to be positive and beneficial, and are looking forward to next year’s celebration.

Dr. Arthur  Evans speaking about the importance of "family inclusion" in behavior health.

 Michele Dowell, left, Police Crisis Intervention Team Training Coordinator, presenting Frank Eichhorn (middle) and Judy Long certificates from the Philadelphia Police Department acknowledging their contribution in providing the "Family Perspective" in the CIT trainings to over 500 Philadelphia police officers.