BRIEF: Gerard receives award for being top provider
Nov 28, 2012 (Austin Daily Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota presented Austin's Gerard Academy with a Provider of the Year Award at its Annual Conference, held in St. Paul on this month.
The award recognizes an organization that provides mental health services that demonstrate excellence, respect and best practices. Gerard offers residential treatment to children and youth who have mental illnesses or challenging behaviors.
"Families know that sometimes it can become impossible to keep their child safe and to provide the intensity of treatment that is needed. It is one of the most difficult decisions a parent has to make," said NAMI's executive director Sue Abderholden. "But at Gerard Academy, families know that intensive treatment will be provided and that education will be delivered by highly trained teachers. And, most importantly they know that their relationship with their child will be encouraged, including video conferencing if distance is an issue."
Most recently Gerard partnered with FACTS on a short-term residential model that incorporates parents and the community-based provider in a more comprehensive way.
Brent Henry, Gerard executive director, accepted the award.
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