Ellen Wageman, Associate Director, Behavioral Health Services, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, recently received the Community Voice Award at the 7th Annual Hill Day for the National Council for Community Behavioral Health. The award was in recognition of Ellen’s advocacy campaign that brought to Capitol Hill the voice of vulnerable individuals who would be affected by cuts in the behavioral health field.
Among the behavioral health services provided at Catholic Charities are short-term and long-term counseling, stress management, activities therapy, vocational support, and services for the mentally ill and chemically addicted. Our community-based mental health clinics offer those with severe mental illness a broad range of outpatient services, while our housing facilities provide residents with independent living skills, health management, counselor visits, and educational and recreational opportunities. With more than 25 behavioral health programs that help individuals strive for rehabilitation and independence, our neighbors are given a real chance to lead fulfilling lives and become an integral part of the community.
Pictured (from l. to r.) are: Tim Swinfard, National Council Public Policy Committee Chair and President and CEO of the Missouri Coalition of CMHCs; Ellen Wageman, Associate Director, Behavioral Health Services, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; and Linda Rosenberg, President & CEO of the National Council.