Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations gives highest honors
The Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) recently awarded its highest honors during its annual conference in Murfreesboro, Tenn. In total, 13 awards were bestowed upon exceptional individuals and agency programs during the ceremony. 
East Tennessee awardees who advocate for individuals served by the Helen Ross McNabb Center include:

Dorothea Dix Professional Service Award
Hilde Phipps, Helen Ross McNabb Center director of adult addiction services

Dorothea Dix was a champion of improved mental health care and is regarded as the most important force in bringing the issue of mental health to the public forum. Hilde Phipps was selected for the award due to her dedication to serving her community and profession for more than 32 years. She has committed her life to providing insight, training and direction for alcohol and drug abuse counseling. Hilde is a Licensed Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and currently serves as the director of adult addiction services at the Center. She oversees administrative and clinical operations for addiction services including medical detoxification, residential rehabilitation and intensive outpatient services. In recent years, she developed specialized programs to serve specific populations and needs. Hilde has dedicated her life to creating a better system of care for uninsured individuals with co-occurring disorders. Her work impacts individual lives and the overarching system of care. Like Dorothea Dix, her work is far-reaching.

Frank G. Clement Community Service Award
Captain Don Jones, Knoxville Police Department

Frank G. Clement, who served as governor of Tennessee from 1953 to 1959 and from 1963 to 1967, had a personal concern for the welfare of the mentally ill, and his accomplishments positively impacted mental health care. Like Frank G. Clement, Captain Don Jones of the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) has consistently supported and created new levels of care for individuals facing persistent mental illness. Capt. Jones’ leadership has set the pace for introducing innovative services and resources for police officers to use when encountering individuals experiencing mental illness. He is not opposed to doing something different in order to see a positive outcome. In fact, he is usually leading the effort. Not only has Capt. Jones made it his personal mission to educate officers on issues that surround mental illness, but he also works to make a difference by improving and expanding systems of care so that resources are available in our community, especially for individuals and families living with mental illness. Capt. Jones lives out a call of duty that is one of servitude and leadership.

Program of Excellence Award
Helen Ross McNabb Center—Mother Goose

Mother Goose is a community outreach program that focuses on the brain development of infants. The program creates important stimulation groups for children up to age 5. Parents or caretakers focus on visual development, knowledge needs and language skills of their infant. Mother Goose teaches parents how to interact with their children and how to stimulate their child’s curiosity and develop their concentration using play, music, and reading or reciting stories.

Media Award
Kristi Nelson, Knoxville News Sentinel

Kristi Nelson is a health writer and has worked with the Knoxville News Sentinel since 1999. For more than 15 years, she has shed light on issues that people typically shy away from. These issues include suicide, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, abuse, mental illness and addiction. Through her reporting, Kristi gives a voice to those with the most debilitating conditions and the least resources that are often overlooked and underserved in our community.