Brien Center Program Director Receives Excellence in Program Leadership Award

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Meri-Ellen Morgans of The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse has received the Excellence in Program Leadership Award from the Association for Behavioral Healthcare.

ABH, a statewide organization representing more than 80 community-based behavioral healthcare provider organizations, announced its 2017 Recognition Award recipients at its Salute to Excellence event, earlier this month. Each year, ABH recognizes individuals and groups that have made impressive contributions to the field of mental health and addiction treatment.

"On behalf of ABH, we want to thank all of today's award recipients for the important work that they do every day," said Vic DiGravio, president/CEO of ABH. "We salute you for your tireless commitment to helping individuals and families living with mental health and substance use disorders. Your dedication is making a real difference everyday in people’s lives across Massachusetts."

As program director, Morgans oversees a large outreach team and two 24-hour residential programs for Community-Based Flexible Supports (CBFS) services. She directly supervises three site leaders, emphasizing the importance of empathetic listening and maintaining a recovery-focus through difficult situations. She is known for her calm and thoughtful approach when working with individuals, families and staff. She has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the recovery model throughout all of her work including trainings, treatment planning, and advocacy.

Over her 35 years with the agency, Morgans has become a lead trainer in motivational interviewing and has mentored dozens of students and interns, working side by side with them to model the behaviors of a skilled social worker. She is also known for her dedication and care for her teams, never missing an opportunity to celebrate a birthday, graduation, or staff milestone.

Morgans was recognized at a ceremony at the Boston Marriott in Newton. ABH members are the primary providers of community-based behavioral healthcare in Massachusetts. Member providers and their more than 46,500 dedicated employees provide clinically effective and cost-sensitive care to 1.5 million residents in communities throughout the state annually.

As an organization with three decades of experience in not only the advancement, but also the preservation and promotion of community-based mental health and addiction services, ABH is recognized as the leading statewide association in this field.


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