Spectrum Healthcare's Work Adjustment Training program has been recognized by Health Choice Integrated Care with the 2015 Mickey Hawley Award.
The award was presented at HCIC's annual awards dinner in Flagstaff. Also honored were Spectrum's former C.E.O., Robert Cartia, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Gina Vega-Mendez, LMSW, an Adult Clinical Supervisor.
Vega-Mendez was recognized for 20 years of service in the NARBHA/HCIC system.
Since 1967, Health Choice Integrated Care (HCIC, formerly NARBHA) has been the Regional Behavioral Health Authority designated by the State of Arizona to coordinate and manage publicly funded behavioral health care services throughout Northern Arizona. HCIC's provider network serves Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai, Apache and Mohave counties. Spectrum Healthcare is the HCIC service area agency for the Verde Valley and Sedona.
HCIC gives the Mickey Hawley Award annually to one of its providers for a program, project or service component that demonstrates innovative and quality programming in the provision of behavioral health services.
The Mickey Hawley Program Award recognizes excellence in the provision of behavioral health services. Mary Jane "Mickey" Hawley was instrumental in the founding of the NARBHA system, served on the NARBHA Board of Directors for many years and was NARBHA's Board President from 1968-1971. Mickey also served on the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic (now Spectrum Healthcare) Board, and later worked at the clinic. Mickey Hawley died in 1994 and HCIC's annual program award is in her memory.
In commenting on the award, Spectrum Healthcare Group C.E.O. April Razo said, "The Spectrum WAT program is making a real difference in people's lives, inspiring hope for long term recovery. I am extremely proud of this program."
Cartia, who recently retired as Spectrum Healthcare Group's C.E.O., worked for the agency for 25 years, 15 as C.E.O.
In summarizing Cartia's achievements, Razo stated, "It is only fitting that Robert be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Not because he has achieved all that he is going to in his lifetime...rather because the legacy of Robert's work will impact Spectrum, the people we serve, and the staff who work there, for lifetimes to come."
She added, "Robert has accomplished many things in his time at Spectrum. He has been a great innovator in our field, advancing the use of mobile technology to improve efficiency, leading Spectrum into the new era of Open Access, transforming the way behavioral health services are delivered in the Verde Valley, and pioneering integration in our system, bringing pharmacy, laboratory services, psychiatry and primary care to our clients, all accessible under one roof."