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Awards

Nominations are open for the 2020 CPRS Awards! Submit your nominations (by Aug. 31) using this link. 

CPRS award winners 2017

Do you know any amazing CPRS’s in your community that could use some recognition and appreciation? We
all know them, the everyday heroes who quietly go about making the world a better place for all of us in Tennessee.

What better way to show your appreciation for the work a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist does in the lives of others than to recognize them our annual conference this fall!

CPRS of the Year

 This award is presented to the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in Tennessee, who has, over the past year, consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty. This person is a living model of the recovery principles. The person who receives the CPRS of the Year Award has done exceptional work with helping peers with mental health and/or substance use disorder on their journey, while moving forward in their own recovery.

2016 Winners: Dave Hodges and Michelle Webster
2017 Winner: Len Pipkin
2018 Winner: Amanda Donnely Paddon
2019 Winner: William L. Odom, Jr. 

Patsy Cronk Mentor of the Year Award

This award is in honor of Patsy Cronk, who was the Coordinator for “Friends and Company Peer Support Center” in Cookeville. This award is presented to the CPRS who as Patsy did, demonstrates exceptional role modeling and mentoring of other CPRS’s. This CPRS is not afraid to speak out on injustices, has been instrumental in consumer rights. The person who receives the Patsy Cronk Mentor of the Year Award has a heart of gold and always makes  time for other CPRS’s. This CPRS always empowers and supports all peers in their recovery journey.

2016 Winners:Sheryl McCormick
2017 Winner: Ken Barton
2018 Winner: Micki McBroom 
2019 Winner: Connie L. Neese Ramsey

Community Service Award

This award is presented to the CPRS who, over the past year, who has been an exemplary model of community service. The work they have done with-in the mental health and/or substance use community has not only challenged stigma, but also empowered all CPRS’s to have pride in themselves and the profession of CPRS’s. The person who receives the  Community Service Award has accomplished this through education, advocacy, or efforts of prevention.

2016 Winners: Lori Rash and Tracy McClain
2017 Winner: Lori Rash
2018 Winner: Rose M. Turney
2019 Winner: Tonya Holman

Advocate of Peer Recovery Service - Individual

This award is presented to the individual who has, over the past year, been at the forefront of advocating for peer recovery services to empower those living in Tennessee with a mental health and/or substance use disorder. He/She has championed the advancement of peer recovery services across our State. The person who receives this award has done exceptional work in the peer service movement.

2016 Winner: Emma Johnson
2017 Winner: Jessica Collins
2018 Winner: Constandina Savvenas 
 2019 Winner: Ken Barton

Advocate of Peer Recovery Services  - Group/Agency

This award is presented to the agency or group that has, over the past year, been at the forefront advocating for peer recovery services which empowers those living in Tennessee with a mental health and/or substance use disorder. This agency or group has championed the advancement of peer recovery services across our State. The agency or group which receives this award has done exceptional work in the peer services movement.

2016 Winner: Project Lifeline
2017 Winner: The Next Door
2018 Winner: BlueCare Tennessee- Behavioral Health Department
2019 Winner: Tennessee Recovery Navigators