2015 ASU Behavioral Health Award Recipients announced

Recently, the Board of the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy announced their selections for the 2015 Arizona Behavioral Health Leadership Awards.  Award recipients will be acknowledged at the Center’s upcoming 16th Annual Summer Institute and 11th Annual Arizona Behavioral Health Awards Gala, July 14-17, at the Sedona Hilton Resort and Conference Center. 

Leading off this year’s awardees with the ASU Behavioral Health Advocacy Award is attorney Ms. Anne Ronan.  Ms. Ronan has served on the legal staff of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest for many years and has been a tireless and relentless advocate for Arizonans experiencing mental health and substance use issues, and those involved in the criminal justice, child welfare, and other systems. 

Joining Ms. Ronan will be this year’s ASU Behavioral Health Services Awardee, Dr. Teresa Bertsch.  Dr. Bertsch has been the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA) since 1992 while concomitantly providing direct patient care, at a local mental health agency and more recently a Federally-qualified health center (FQHC). 

The 2015 ASU Behavioral Health Cultural Heritage Award recognizes Mr. Derek Patton, who currently serves as the Acting Division Director for Integrated Behavioral Health for the Phoenix area Indian Health Service (IHS).  Mr. Patton is a member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma.  In his capacity, Mr. Patton is responsible for overseeing all urban- and reservation-based behavioral health programs administered through the Phoenix area office of IHS, encompassing ten service units, two youth regional treatment centers and a network of health care facilities spread across the states of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah and over forty tribes. 

Rounding out this year’s Behavioral Health Award recipients is Mr. Neal Cash who will be presented with the ASU Behavioral Health Legacy Award.  Mr. Cash has more than 35 years of service in the behavioral health care system of southern Arizona, beginning as a rehabilitation counselor, after attending graduate school at the University of Arizona, before becoming CEO of CODAC Behavioral health Services and then Community Partnership of Southern Arizona. 

Award recipients will be recognized at the ASU Behavioral Health Awards Gala, Thursday, July 16 at the Sedona Hilton Resort & Conference Center.  Learn more and purchase tickets for 11th Annual Behavioral Health Awards Gala and 16th Annual Summer Institute online at cabhp.asu.edu.