On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Family Resource Network held its Family Recognition Celebration at Community Behavioral Health. With a CBH welcome by Sicily Hill, and moderated by David Dinich, the event provided about 300 family members, their loved ones and staff, an opportunity to hear from:
Lloyd Wertz (Family Training & Advocacy Center), Gary Schoenberg (Comhar), Tim Rogers (JEVS), Edie Mannion (Training & Education Center), Sydney Mack (Community Treatment Teams). Their presentation focused on family inclusion in recovery transformation and how thru the use of the FRN Standards they are working on implementing policies and procedures which include families and significant people.
Gil Gadson (a person in recovery, who is also a family member, and staff at the Mental Health Association of SEPA, The Well Program) and Bernadette Gilmore (a family member who has used the family support and education groups to help herself and her loved one). Both speakers emphcized the importance and value of families taking advantage of the support groups and becoming involved in their loved one's treatment.
William Butler (Community Behavioral Health) provided an overview of resource information and services available thru CBH for both children and adults in need.
Twenty three family members were honored for their support of their loved one. The Family Honorees were: Roberta Rosenthal, Pat Gruver, Denise Eubanks, Vera Dean, Onzie Travis, Juanita Cox, Elaine McCray, Adrian and Freda Brown, Carlos Pedron, Mariella Lopez, Marcos Rivera, Zelda Friday, Paula Littles, Charlene Butler, Carolyn Pugh, Carolyn Ervin, Carrie McKnight, Wanda Thomas, Connie Filewicz, Donald Young, Jazmin Banks, Vivian Spiese.
The Family Leadership Award went to Jazmin Banks: “For both adults & children in the Philadelphia behavioral health system, Jazmin is a passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring voice about the importance of families/significant persons being included in the recovery transformation process, as well as encouraging and reminding families of the value of their involvement for themselves, their loved one, and the system at large”.The Family Lifetime Achievement Award went to Vivian Spiese: “Working with families since the late 70’s, she has probably helped more individual families than anyone in the country. She is a founding member of the Pennsylvania state NAMI, Lancaster County NAMI, and helped promote national NAMI”.Multiple resource information was provided by: Consumer Satisfaction Team, Mental Health Association of SEPA's Training &Education Center and Parents Involved Network, National Alliance on Mental Illness-Philadelphia Office, Community Behavioral Health, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Shalom, Child and Family Connections, and the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid.Attendees participated in asking questions, networking, resource gathering, the fellowship of familiar faces, and enjoyed a plentiful and delicious meal. Some also took advantage of carrying home additional food for later enjoyment at home or with family and friends.