The Kansas Recovery Conference and the work of the Kansas Consumer Advisory Council for Adult Mental Health (KansasCAC) would not exist without dedicated volunteers. Each year the KansasCAC requests proposals for workshops to be presented at the Recovery Conference. If you have the desire to lead a workshop that you feel would be helpful for mental health consumers. Please submit it using the form in the packet found at the download link below. Be sure and read and follow the guidelines carefully. Workshops for the conference will be selected by the recovery conference committee from the proposals received, and presenters will be notified if their proposal has been selected. Workshop Proposals are due by February 1, 2014.
Each year several awards are also presented at the Kansas Recovery Conference to individuals and organizations who have advanced the cause of consumer mental health. Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards.
The Innovative Program Award – This award recognizes a program that is “cutting edge” and enhances recovery.
Programs eligible must meet the following criteria:
1. Must have originated in Kansas. 2. Be a new organization within the past two (2) years. 3. Focus upon enhancing recovery. 4. Be worthy of upholding as a model.
Unity Award – This award recognizes those who have successfully united consumers and non-consumers for enhancement of their recovery in a cooperative manner. Nominations for this award will be accepted from consumer-run organizations, mental health centers, clubhouse programs, individual consumers, and mental health treatment providers .
Su & Dennis Budd Exemplary Life Award - This award was initiated to honor two very special consumers whose leadership and advocacy efforts have shaped the consumer experience in Kansas. This annual award is given to a consumer whose energy and spirit stands out and who encourages and inspires others on their recovery journey. Persons eligible must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a Kansas consumer. 2. Demonstrate outstanding service to Kansas consumers, locally, or statewide. 3. Promote the values and ideals of recovery.
Chamberlain-Rapp Exemplary Leadership Award – The Chamberlain-Rapp Exemplary Leadership Award is given annually to a mental health provider who has exhibited outstanding leadership skills on behalf of Kansas consumers and the recovery movement in the state. Persons eligible must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a Kansas mental health service provider. 2. Demonstrate outstanding service on behalf of Kansas consumers, locally, or statewide. 3. Promote the values and ideals of recovery.
Heidi Brandenberger Servant Leadership Award – This annual award is in honor of a very special person whose selfless work behind the scenes, available shoulder to lean on, and unwavering devotion to the consumer movement has helped many on their recovery journey. This award is given to a person who gives without expectation, whose presence lends strength and dignity to others, and who never doubts ‘we can do it’, inspiring leadership from those who thought they could never lead. Persons eligible must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a Kansas resident. 2. Demonstrate servant leadership to or on behalf of Kansas consumers, locally or statewide. 3. Promote the values and ideals of recovery.
NOTE TO TREAMENT PROVIDERS AND TREAMENT PROVIDING AGENCIES: As a mental health provider, in order to consider an individual’s story as a nomination for an award, a release form is required and must be signed by the nominee and included with the nomination form. Nominations from treatment providers that do not include release forms may not be considered and will be returned .
Complete information and nomination forms are available for download at the links below: (We are having trouble with our online submission process but hope to have it working soon.).
Award Nominations are due by March 1, 2014.