17th Annual Outstanding Service Awards

Each year, the Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health recognizes individuals who have shown extraordinary achievement and/or leadership in the field of children’s mental health. The Outstanding Service Award is open to Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Social Workers, Physicians, Juvenile Justice Professionals, Administrators, Parents, Youth, or other Public Servants. The award recipients were celebrated at MACMH’s Annual Silent Auction and Awards Gala.

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes an individual who has met most of the following criteria:

  • Contributed to the body of knowledge of children’s mental health
  • Demonstrated compassion for children with mental health disorders and their families
  • Promoted collaboration and service integration for youth with mental health problems
  • Engaged in efforts that raise awareness about children’s mental health
  • Advocated on behalf of children with mental health needs
  • Developed and/or implemented innovative, successful methods of collaborating with those involved in the life of a child with mental health disorders
  • Provided a lasting contribution to the children’s mental health field
  • Educated, trained, motivated, and/or mentored peers regarding child and adolescent mental health

Click here to nominate someone for this year’s awards.

The 2013 Outstanding Service
Award Recipients were:

Elizabeth Carlson
PhD, LP, Researcher and Director of the Harris Training Program and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program, University of MN Click here to read the press release.

 

 

 

Pat Pulice
MA, LP, Director,  Fraser’s Center of Autism Excellence Click here to read the press release.

 

 

 

 

George Realmuto
MD,  Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of MN; Director of the Autism Clinic and Research Center, Medical Director of the Clinic for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders at Fairview-University Medical Center and Medical Director for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services, State Operated Services Click here to read the press release.

 

Special recognition for dedication and continued leadership in the field of children’s mental health:


Amy Ortega
Parent Liaison, Children’s Mental Health Division, MN Department of Human Services (Amy received an Outstanding Service Award in 2002) Click here to read the press release.

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Carlson, PhD, LP, Researcher and Director of the Harris Training Program and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program, University of MN

Dr. Elizabeth Carlson has a long career as a researcher, working with the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation, and as a teacher, providing training for people from around the world in attachment.  At the heart of her work is child development: understanding how children grow and learn and adapt, tracing the origins and course of psychopathology, and using foundational information to identify interventions that support attachment, regulation, exploration, and parent/child interactions.

Over the past decade she has been increasingly active in direct practice and training, specifically for young children.  As director of the Harris Programs at the University of MN, she continues work initiated by Irving B. Harris, to identify and intervene with young children in their primary relationships to support both development and well-being.

As an extension of this work, Elizabeth is directing the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health certificate program.  In a current collaboration with the Department of Human Services, this program is training mental health clinicians from every region of the state and will continue to provide consultation to agencies in order to increase service capacity and awareness of prevention and early intervention.

Another aspect of Elizabeth’s work has been her commitment to outreach, advocacy, and education – from legislative initiatives to community meetings. Elizabeth has reached innumerable “stakeholders” who are involved with the needs of children.  Her work serves as a bridge between community organizations and the University, facilitating access to research scholars and making “research to practice” a reality.  Elizabeth’s work continues to have an impact on the well-being of children, not only in Minnesota, but nationally and internationally.

Pat Pulice, MA, LP, Director,  Fraser’s Center of Autism ExcellencePat is the Director of Autism Services at Fraser where she provides program development, resources and continuity of intervention, integrating multidisciplinary services including mental health, rehabilitative, transition and housing needs across the lifespan, from infancy through adulthood.Pat participates in Fraser’s collaboration with the University of Minnesota and the National Center for Disease Control in the research project to identify the incidence of the autism in the Somali population in Minneapolis. She is also a DC: 0-3 Lead Trainer traveling the state of Minnesota providing training and support of interagency collaboration to meet the intervention needs of infants and very young children.

To share her knowledge and expertise, Pat was appointed to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force for the State of Minnesota to define the parameters of autism treatment and funding for a report to the Department of Human Service. She has provided multiple testimonies to the State Legislature over the years regarding the needs of children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Pat has initiated collaboration with the Fraser Institute to design and implement services for youth who require transition services including job and life skills as well as mental health services. She is consulting with Fairview Hospital system to increase hospital staff knowledge and skills to work more effectively with children and youth who are severely impacted by autism.

Pat has presented at both the state and national levels to share her expertise in an effort to enhance services and positive intervention outcomes. She recently presented at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health -National Children’s Study Speaker Series on “Autism 20 I2″ that focused on updated statistics, interventions and best practices to enhance treatment for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Revered as an expert by both families and professionals in the field of autism spectrum disorders Pat has provided over 30 years of compassionate service and resources to thousands of children and families.

George Realmuto, MD,  Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of MN; Director of the Autism Clinic and Research Center, Medical Director of the Clinic for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders at Fairview-University Medical Center and Medical Director for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services, State Operated Services

Dr. Realmuto has been a child and adolescent psychiatrist since 1978. He has earned the distinction of Distinguished Life Fellow from the American Psychiatric Association, and Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota; Director of the Autism Clinic and Research Center, and Medical Director of the Clinic for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders at Fairview-University Medical Center. He also serves as Medical Director for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services, State Operated Services.

A born educator, Dr. Realmuto is involved in lecturing, supervising, mentoring and advising Child Psychiatry Fellows in the Department of Psychiatry, and lectures to primary care trainees in Family Medicine as well as to residents in General Psychiatry. He also lectures and advises medical students at the U of M School of Medicine

Dr. Realmuto is a passionate advocate on behalf of children with mental health needs, and a sought-after expert who consistently informs the media about the scientific nature of mental illness, emphasizing awareness, prevention and treatment. He is happy to testify, and is a well-regarded expert and children’s mental health advocate at the Capitol. His work with the state is credited as being instrumental in keeping state beds open for children and developing specialized programs for developmental disabilities and trauma. In its 2012 quality and safety report called “Improving America’s Hospitals,” the Joint Commission’s program, Top Performers on Key Quality Measures, cited the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services program in Willmar for meeting or exceeding a 95 percent performance target on accountability measures for inpatient psychiatric services.

Dr. Realmuto’s research contributions include over 50 publications listed on PubMed.gov, and has served on numerous AACAP guidelines committees producing the guidelines that integrate research to serve the profession and inform all providers.

Dr. George M. Realmuto was one of just 15 national winners of the national NAMI’s 2011 Annual Exemplary Psychiatrist Awards recognizing his exceptional contributions to improve the lives of people living with mental illnesses. Dr Realmuto’s contributions over the course of his vital career have made a lasting contribution to the children’s mental health.

Special recognition for dedication and leadership in the field of children’s mental health

Amelia (Amy) Ortega is Parent Liaison for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Amy was a 2002 recipient of MACMH’s Outstanding Service Award. Because of Amy’s continued dedication and persistence in her work to make the world a better place for children with mental health disorders, MACMH is presenting her with – Special recognition for dedication and leadership in the field of children’s mental health.

As a Parent Liaison, Amy coordinates the Parent Team Training for Mental Health Behavioral Aides, a program administered through the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Children’s Mental Health Division. The parents and families Amy educates and supports describe her as, “ consistently promoting the best interests of children with mental health problems, especially from the standpoint of meaningful engagement with parents and family members” and as “ having a passion for systems reform, always with an eye to making the delivery systems family-friendly and open to family critique and contribution.”

Amy uses her experience as a parent of an adult son with a severe mental health disorder to show compassion and understanding to parents who have children that are affected by a mental health diagnoses.

Amy has demonstrated ongoing determination to make the mental health system one that is responsive to the needs of children and families.  She has devoted countless hours to ensuring that families have a voice in the system, that families are treated with respect and dignity and that providers know how to partner with them effectively. Through personal struggles Amy still finds time to be a voice for others and to be an effective advocate for children with mental health problems and their families.