Mental Health America of the South Mountains honors Monarch professionals during annual awards ceremony
Three Monarch professionals were honored by Mental Health America (MHA) of the South Mountains during its Annual Banquet and Awards Dinner on Nov. 19 at the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby. The annual awards ceremony is a way to honor the dedication and hard work of mental health volunteers, advocates and professionals in Cleveland and Lincoln counties.
During the ceremony, Danielle Earl, a member of Monarch’s Intensive In-Home team in Cleveland County; and Anthony Sumpter, a Monarch peer support specialist who assists individuals in Lincoln County, were recipients of the Excellence in Community-Based Support Award. The honor recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to mental health services through professional involvement in the community.
The Excellence in Outpatient Services Award was established to recognize a person who has made a significant contribution to mental health services through professional involvement providing outpatient care. Jennifer Greene, MA, LPC, Monarch’s clinical operations manager in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties and program director for the Lincoln Wellness Center, a collaborative effort of Monarch, Phoenix Counseling Center, Alexander Youth Network and Support Inc. for the Partners catchment area in Lincoln County, received the award.
The evening also included a special drum performance by the Adventure House Players, and a musical performance by Georgiana Wright. The MHA also recognized the Adventure House with a Spotlight on an Agency Award, for their exceptional psychosocial treatment program.
Formerly the Mental Health Association in Cleveland County, Mental Health America of the South Mountains was established in 1962. The MHA is dedicated to the creation and promotion of education, advocacy, and support for individuals and families affected by mental illness. It is the mission of the MHA to work tirelessly to eliminate the stigma of mental illness and create an informed community of citizens who will defend and support the rights of those impacted by mental illness.
Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides support, please call (866) 272-7826.
Pictured above (l-r): Katie Munger, executive director of MHA of the South Mountains, award receipients Danielle Earl, Anthony Sumpter, Jennifer Greene and Lyndril Leonard, clinical operations director at Monarch for Cleveland, Lincoln and Gaston counties.