ADAMH Announce 2021 Prevention and Mental Health Advocates of the Year

The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Services Board is pleased to announce its 2021 Advocates of the year.  While September was National Recovery Month and the ADAMH Board worked throughout the month, to promote and support evidenced based treatment and recovery practices, the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation make recovery in all forms possible is a priority.  Out of concern for the safety of our guests due to COVID19 Pandemic the Annual Recovery Celebration was cancelled.  However, taking a moment to thank and recognize individuals who are going the extra mile for the residents of our Board region is important.  During the last week of September, the Prevention and Mental Health Advocate of the Year Awards were delivered.

Executive Director of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board, Penny Dehner, stated “So many good things are happening in our communities and there is a steadfast commitment to quality treatment and recovery.  Treatment works, people recover and recovering people work and give back to our communities.  September is Recovery Month, and it is important to celebrate and honor individuals doing extraordinary work.  The Paint Valley ADAMH Board is so pleased to honor those that are making a difference in our Recovery Oriented System of Care by making sure our communities have the services that they need.”

The Prevention Advocates of the year are Kayla Hamlin and Jessie Cook, Prevention Specialists at The Recovery Council. They were nominated by Michelle Black.  Kayla and Jessie take prevention very seriously and they truly care about the adolescents in our community.  They have sought out training on their own from Prevention Action Alliance.  Right now, they are partnering with the University of Rochester Medical Center of Excellence collecting data on the perception of opioid use disorder. Kayla and Jessie continue to build relationships in our school system.

Pictured Left to Right:  Pam Johnson, Kayla Hamlin, Jessie Cook, Penny Dehner and Michelle Black.

The Mental Health Advocate of the year is Dwayne Cornett, LPC, Family Recovery Services. He was nominated by Monique Bellamy. What drove this nomination was Dwayne’s passion and advocacy for helping others. He has confronted his own biases and learned how to set them aside because he knew his client needed help.  Dwayne is willing to do whatever is needed, quick to seek solutions and open to any consultation from colleagues on ways to help others.  There are truly not enough words to explain the absolute care that he has shown to others and the selflessness that radiates from his work.

Pictured Left to Right:  Melanie Swisher and Dwayne Cornett.

Paint Valley Adamh Board

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