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CMH Announces Recipient Rights Champions

By St. Clair County Community Mental Health

PORT HURON, Michigan – Every month, St. Clair County Community Mental  Health (CMH) recognizes individuals and / or teams for their extraordinary  contributions to the Rights Protection System, which protects the human rights of  individuals with a mental illness. Individuals and teams are recognized for  demonstrating dignity and respect to individuals with mental illness, for  innovation and creativity that resulted in improved service outcomes, for  enriching or enhancing a recipient’s recovery/discovery journey, and for taking  actions to strengthen communication and cooperation throughout the Rights  Protection System.  

Award recipients receive a letter of congratulations, certificate of  recognition, and a “Rights Champion” memento. In addition, “Rights  Champions” are highlighted on the CMH Facebook page and are eligible for  the individual/team of the year awards presented during CMH’s Annual  Meeting in May.  

The Rights Champions for the months January through June: ∙ In January, individual award winner Steven Schwabauer, St. Clair  County Community Mental Health, recognized for  

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innovation/creativity for suggesting/introducing ideas/solutions to  barriers in service delivery which resulted in improved service  outcomes for recipients. 

∙ In February, individual award winner Irene Schuck, St. Clair County  Community Mental Health, recognized for advocacy for serving as  the voice for a recipient served and/or advocating for the rights of  a recipient served.  

∙ In March, individual award winner Terry MacMillan, I.M.P.A.C.T.,  recognized for service excellence for demonstrating behavior that,  although not required or expected, served to enrich or enhance a  recipient’s recovery/discovery journey.  

∙ In April, team award winners River Bend I, I.M.P.A.C.T., recognized  for service excellence for demonstrating behavior that, although  not required or expected, served to enrich or enhance a recipient’s recovery/discovery journey. Team members are: Erika Barber, Anne  Bennett, Morgan Dugas, Ashley Eldridge, Laura Gohl, Tammy Harju,  SuAnn McCormick, Laura McGlynn, Rachel McLaughlin, Greg Story,  Sarah Strausser, Joshua Uppleger, John Watson, and Janessa  Welsch-Stroud. 

∙ In May, individual award winner, Sue, community member,  recognized for advocacy for serving as the voice for a recipient  served and/or advocating for the rights of a recipient served.  

∙ In June, individual award winner, Jodi Galbraith, Innovative Housing  Development Corporation, recognized for dignity and respect for  demonstrating behavior which exemplifies the value of  

demonstrating/expressing regard/respect for recipients.  

Congratulations to these Rights Champions! 

About St. Clair County Community Mental Health 

St. Clair County Community Mental Health provides public services and supports to adults with  mental illnesses, children with serious emotional disturbances, individuals with developmental  disabilities and persons with co-occurring substance use disorders. For more information, crisis intervention or to find out if you qualify for public services, please call  the Access Center at 1-888-225-4447. Support is available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days a week.  General information is also available at the St. Clair County Community Mental Health web-site, or on the agency’s Facebook page,

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