October 30, 2007
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has been honored with a first-place Lilly Reintegration Award based on its advocacy on behalf of people with severe mental illnesses seeking to re-enter community life.
Established 11 years ago by Eli Lilly & Co., the awards specifically honor treatment teams, programs and services, as well as individuals with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia who provide hope and support to their peers, for stellar contributions and services.
"Each year we are delighted to recognize the Lilly Reintegration Award honorees as they play an integral part in assisting those with severe mental illness achieve their goals," said Deirdre Connelly, President, U.S. Operations, Eli Lilly & Co.
"Practically speaking, without these professionals who work tirelessly to create opportunities and resources for the mentally ill, reintegration into society would not be an option for most patients," said Ralph Aquila, M.D., chairperson of the Awards selection committee, comprised of mental health professionals.
"Reintegration" refers to all the things a person does from the time treatment begins until recovery goals are achieved, and often includes independent living and employment.
For more information, visit the Center for Reintegration. The Center currently is accepting applications through January 25, 2008 for scholarships to help people with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and related schizophrenia-spectrum disorders acquire educational and vocational skills needed to reintegrate into society. Applications are for Fall 2008-Spring 2009.