Eastern State Hospital Receives Mental Health America Award

We at bluegrass.org are delighted to confirm Mental Health America (MHA) has announced Eastern State Hospital (ESH) Recovery Mall as a co-recipient of the 2012 Philip P. Ardery Award! ESH, along with Western State Hospital (WSH) Recovery Mall, received the award for their exceptional service to the public concerning mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, and improvement in diagnosis and treatment for mentally ill patients.

ESH's signature, hospital‐wide recovery and rehabilitation program, The Recovery Mall, is an engaging, activity‐filled environment that helps adults grow and recover from serious mental illness and substance abuse. Now in its seventh year of operation, it was the first treatment mall in Kentucky. ESH staff have been consulted by numerous other professional and consumer‐based programs to help develop and implement complementary recovery‐based treatment services throughout Kentucky, including treatment malls at ARH Psychiatric Center in Hazard, KY and Western State Hospital in Hopkinsville, KY.

According to MHA, "Philip Ardery was born in Lexington, KY. He attended the University of Kentucky and received a degree in law from Harvard University. He is now a retired partner in the law firm of Frost Brown Todd. Mr. Ardery has admirably and ably served non-profit organizations on a 'pro bono' basis for many years and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health America of Kentucky. Mr. Ardery was instrumental in the development of Wellspring House and the Schizophrenia Foundation of KY. In 1984, he was one of three 'gentlemen' from Louisville, KY who approached the National Institute of Mental Health about creating a national philanthropic organization devoted to research of major mental illnesses. The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) was born and dedicated to the promotion of scientific research to prevent, combat and cure schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses."[1]

Mr. Adery passed away in July at the age of 98. Bluegrass.org remains incredibly grateful for his role in combating mental illness.

Mental Health America of Kentucky, formerly the Kentucky Mental Health Association, was founded in 1951 to promote mental health, prevent mental illnesses, and improve the care and treatment of persons with a mental illness. Its founding members and early supporters included Dr. Spafford Ackerly, Dr. William Keller, Barry Bingham, Sr., Dr. Arthur Kasey, Dr. Frank Gaines, Dr. Harold McPheeters, and Cornelia Serpell. The association was instrumental in the creation of Kentucky's community mental health services system and laws preserving the rights of people involuntarily hospitalized for a mental illness.[2] 

Bluegrass.org is one of the largest Community Mental Health Centers in the nation. We have been providing mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services in the 17 county Bluegrass Area for over 40 years. Today, our system of care is comprised of four major corporate entities: Community Mental Health Center, bluegrass.org Psychiatric Services, which operates Eastern State Hospital, bluegrass.org Oakwood, and bluegrass.org New Directions, which provides administrative support, our electronic health record, and specialized software to behavioral healthcare options.

[1] http://www.mhaky.org/awards.php
[2] http://www.mhaky.org/about.php


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