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Posted on: April 6, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mental Health America - Virtual Innovations Awards

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Mental Health America of Southwestern PA (MHA-SWPA) is dedicated to breaking down barriers and eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use disorders. It has been our honor to be able to provide services to individuals in our community, while educating thousands about taking charge of their mental health. It is through events such as Innovations that these life-changing activities are possible.

Since 2002, MHA-SWPA has recognized individuals, organizations, and businesses from Southwestern Pennsylvania who are making a difference in the lives of those who experience mental health issues and substance use disorders. We are pleased to announce the following:

2022 Innovations Awards Winners
Lifetime Achievement: Marc Cherna, Retired Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Innovations 20th Anniversary Award: Molly Robb Shimko, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Seton Hill University
Recovery: George Mizikar, Retired Behavioral Health Services Director, Excela Health
Prevention: Ann Emmerling, Executive Director, Blackburn Center
Community Advocacy: Greater Things, Greensburg PA

The uncertainty of these past two years has especially affected individuals who are already experiencing mental health concerns as well as those who are experiencing substance use issues. We at MHA-SWPA have been working hard to provide the resources the members of the community need in order to remain resilient. To continue this important work, we need your support.

Please help us by supporting this important event. In the enclosed packet, you will find further information. We are continuing the Supporting Sponsorship level to benefit local small businesses. If sponsorship is not in your budget, you can be a Supporting Sponsor or donate an in-kind item for our silent auction.

Thank you for your continued support. With your donation, healing and recovery are possible.


Laurie Barnett Levine, MSW, LSW
Chief Executive Officer

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