The Gary Ander Making a Difference Award
For Family-Driven Care
An annual award given throughout the state of North Carolina to a person who exemplify supporting and recognizing the importance of family voice in a Family-Driven System of Care environment.
Winner will be announced during Children Mental Health observation week May 2018.
If you know of a family member, youth or agency person who lives, sleeps and breaths family –driven System of CARE…submit your nomination! This person exemplifies what it is to understand and listen to family voice and choice at all levels that include policy, committees and direct service.
Family-driven means families have a primary decision-making role in the care of their own children as well as the policies and procedures governing care for all children in their community, state, tribe, territory and nation.
This means if you know of a provider, agency person, state or local individual that believes in working side by side as equal partners with families they serve, or with families in developing policies that includes:
Choosing culturally and linguistically competent supports, services, and providers;
Designing, implementing and evaluating programs;
Monitoring outcomes; and
Partnering in funding decisions.
Nominate Them Now!
Please send in the following information:
Name and contact information of Nominee.
An example of their family driven commitment. [History of their work.]
Nominations must be received by 12 noon on April 20,2018.
Please email your nominee to: Renee Cordero at CorderoRH@gmail.com
Past Recipients of the
Gary Ander Award
2017 Beth Pfister-Cardinal Innovations- Corporate System of Care Manager
2016 Joan Pennell- NC State University- Director of the Center for Family and
2015 Narell Joyner- MeckCARES State Liaison and SOC Consultant
2014 William (Bill) Hussey- Wake County-State Director of Exceptional
Children Services at NC Department of Public Instruction
2013 Ed Eklund- System of Care Coordinator at Centerpoint Forsyth County
2012 Christina Christopoulos- Duke University-Center for Child and Family
2012 The First Annual Gary Ander Award presented to Gary Ander-
SOC Project Director-Alamance County