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Association Announces 2013 Leadership Award in Behavioral Health

Association Announces 2013 Leadership Award in Behavioral Health

Charleston, WV— 5/17/2013The West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association held its Annual Senior Leadership Conference at the Stonewall Jackson Resort.  The conference brought senior leaders in West Virginia behavioral health together with experts on leadership, mental health, substance abuse, the Affordable Care Act and Justice Reinvestment.   Attendees benefitted from topics affecting the regulation and the cost of delivering behavioral health, as well as improving leadership qualities. The leaders in attendance represent the majority of providers of mental health, substance abuse and intellectual and developmental disability services serving more than 100,000 West Virginians each year.

The conference was highlighted by the Association’s Annual Dinner and awards ceremony.  Delegate Don Perdue (D-Wayne) entertained and informed conference participants from his perspective as Chair of the House of Delegates Health Committee.  Mark Drennan executive director of the Association presented Chairman Perdue the 2013 Leadership Award in Behavioral Health.  Pulling from the conference’s speaker on Leadership, Drennan said, that Perdue was selected as this year’s winner due to qualities in his character that make him a great leader and friend not only to behavioral health, but of all West Virginians.  Those qualities include: forward-looking, competent, inspiring, intelligent and honest.  These qualities and the chairman’s leadership on the substance abuse crisis led the nominating committee to unanimously vote Delegate Don Perdue this year’s recipient.  Delegate Perdue joined by his wife, Mary Jo received a standing ovation and graciously accepted the award, stating that the award will have prominent placement in his home.

Delegate Perdue joined the staff in recognizing several leaders internal to the Association.  These leaders, like Delegate Perdue, exhibit qualities and demonstrate leadership each day, those 2013 leaders are:  Judy Akers (Southern Highlands), Crystal McIntyre and Jeff Prichard (United Summit Center), JoAnn Powell and Kevin Trippett (Westbrook), Mark Games (Northwood Health Systems) Dr. Rich Kiley (Appalachian Community Mental Health), Marcie Vaughan (Seneca Health Service) and Joyel Finley (Prestera) Also, the Association recognized Dr. Robert “Bob” Williams (United Summit Center) for his service as the 2012-2013 President of the Association with the traditional engraved gavel.

The West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association represents 25 behavioral health organizations serving recipients in each of the states fifty-five counties.  These providers serve 100,000 people annually and employ more than 15,000 West Virginians.  The Association and its members are committed to creating and sustaining healthy and secure communities through service and the core values of Quality, Access, Caring and Compassion, Collaboration and Partnership and Financial Stability and Sustainability.


Mark Drennan, Executive Director

405 Capitol Street, Suite 900

Charleston, WV 25301