Awards

Do you know someone working hard to improve the lives of individuals affected by mental illness? If so, consider recognizing their efforts by nominating them for an award. You’ll find information about each award below.

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Garnet F. Coleman ‘Eternal Flame’ Award

This award was created to honor Texas State Representative Garnet F. Coleman and acknowledges his life-long local and national work and achievements in health and human services

This award will be given based upon the extent to which the nominee meets the following three criteria:

Involved in State, Local Government, and Community

  • This person may be employed by any governmental entity or active in the local community that affects the Central Texas area.
  • This person is a highly respected person in the community.
  • A person who is/has been a volunteer on a board or in the community.
  • This person demonstrates commitment and dedication to the African American community.

Committed to expanding health care access to all

  • Has changed attitudes and enhanced the perception of the value of quality contributions of people with disabilities.
  • This candidate develops activities that are new and exciting in ways that will draw community interest and participation of the target audience.
  • Acts as a team player and encourages teamwork in others

Works on reducing health disparities in mental health

  • Those that advocate for mental health and wellness in the Central Texas Area.
  • Shares personal knowledge and skills with others in an effort to promote the positive welfare of others with mental health challenges.
  • Serves on committees that promote mental wellness in our community.
  • They have created an original idea or adapted an existing program which resulted in a long-term benefit to African Americans.

Please complete this application to submit your nominee.

 

Richard E. Hopkins ‘Torch’ Awards

The “Torch” Awards acknowledges individuals who work to improve the lives of those affected by mental health or other health-related issues within the Central Texas Community.  These awards honor the work and advocacy of Richard E. Hopkins, past Vice –Chair of the Integral Care Board of Trustees and longtime conference supporter.

This award will be given based upon the extent to which the nominee meets the following three criteria:

Advocate

  • Fosters the mission of people with mental health that have lived experiences.
  • Fights for the rights of people with mental health challenges in planning, participating or presenting in health-related issues in the Austin community.
  • A known supporter of the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference.
  • Demonstrates wisdom, courage, and compassion.

Determined

  • Demonstrated ambassadorship. Courageous.
  • Willing to make decisions based on community values, and skills that may affect the consumers and their families.
  • Works well with individuals with mental health challenges.
  • Persistent in identifying and developing lucrative avenues that yield positive results for Central Texas African American Family Support Conference.

Role Model

  • Those who serve as a positive source of inspiration for the African-American community.
  • They demonstrate a high commitment to ethics.
  • A trustworthy person in the community.
  • Knowledgeable about the needs of individuals with mental health challenges.

Please complete this application to submit your nominee.

 

These individuals can be nominated in the following categories:

  • Consumer: An individual with a mental illness, substance use disorder or intellectual developmental disability who works to help others affected by similar issues.
  • Family Member: An individual with a family member or friend with a mental illness, substance use disorder or intellectual developmental disability and who advocates or works to help everyone affected by mental illness or other health problems or disparities.
  • Professional: A clinician, social worker or other individuals who work in a professional capacity to raise awareness and help all people affected by mental illness or other health problems or disparities.
  • Community Leader: An elected official, faith leader or other community leaders who use his or her position to help people affected by mental illness or other health problems or disparities.