The New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) recognized individuals who contribute to the quality of life for children and adults throughout the state. NJAMHAA President and Chief Executive Officer Debra L. Wentz, PhD, and NJAMHAA Board Member Bob Budsock presented the Courage and Compassion Awards to professionals who demonstrate dedication and determination to enhance individuals’ lives, as well as leadership that makes them role models for others in the mental health, substance use, and developmental disabilities system.
NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc. (NJCTS) Executive Director Faith W. Rice was among the 2017 recipients. Rice was honored with the Outstanding Leadership in Mental Health Services award for her efforts to build a collaborative network of support and services for the Tourette Syndrome community.
“I am so pleased to give Faith Rice the award for Outstanding Leadership in Mental Health Services,” said Bob Budsock. “NJCTS has grown in many ways and most notably, established New Jersey as a global leader in Tourette Syndrome research, education, and support.”
Rice’s grassroots efforts in Tourette Syndrome advocacy trace back to when her son was diagnosed with the disorder. Today, NJCTS is the nation’s first Center of Excellence for Tourette Syndrome and promotes collaboration and partnerships among individuals, universities, hospitals and other resources to provide services and support for the 1 in 100 children and their families affected by TS and associated disorders.
NJAMHAA created the Courage and Compassion Awards to honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to improving the lives of individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders, developmental disabilities, or any combination of these health conditions and to focus public attention on the outstanding work of employees and organizations in the community health system, as well as that of advocates, public officials, and others who make a difference.
For more information about NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Inc., please call NJCTS at 908-575-7350 or visit www.njcts.org.