CONFERENCE AWARDS

Each year during our annual conference we recognize individuals and organizations who have made substantial contributions to the field of mental health and/or substance use prevention and to families whose children - of any age - experience behavioral health or substance use challenges.  Please take the opportunity to submit your nomination for any of the awards below. Find a listing of past award recipients here.

Deadline: October 1, 2022

RECLAIMING CHILDREN AWARD 

This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding efforts at the local or state level on behalf of families whose children experience mental health and/or substance use challenges. The goal of this award is to recognize an exceptional individual who has made significant contributions to enhancing the lives of families in their own community. 

KARL DENNIS UNCONDITIONAL CARE AWARD

Honoring one of the pioneers in the provision of community-based supports for children and their families, this award recognizes an individual who has made a lasting contribution to children's mental health on the national level, who reflects the values of the National Federation, who is well-known for their commitment and contributions to the field of children's mental health, and who demonstrates compassion for children, youth and families.

FAMILY PEER SUPPORT AWARD

Eligible candidates for this award must be certified in the provision of family peer support at the state or national level. This award is presented to honor and acknowledge an individual who has contributed significantly to the family peer support field. The ideal honoree has personal experience providing exemplary family peer support directly to families and has contributed to the expansion of the family support workforce by training other parents.  As the field of certified family peer support specialists continues to grow, we want to recognize the many accomplishments of this highly trained workforce. We seek nominations of individuals who demonstrate overall excellence in the provision of support to families of children who experience mental health and/or substance use challenges.  If you are certified to provide family peer support, we invite you to self-nominate for this award.