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Mental Health and Aging Award

The Mental Health and Aging Award recognizes outstanding programs and services in mental health and aging. Nominees should be a member of both ASA and MHAN. Nominees must have made significant contributions to the mental health of older adults, including dementia care, through exemplary research, education, policy planning, advocacy or mental health services that have had demonstrable effectiveness and are inclusive of diverse and underserved populations.

The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book as well as in AgeBlog and on this page. The award is typically presented during the MHAN Program at the ASA annual conference.

Click here to submit a nomination
Deadline: October 15

2016 Mental Health and Aging Award Winner

Christine Hennessey
Mental Health & Aging Project

Chris Hennessey has worked in the  eld of mental health and aging more than 35 years as a therapist, educator, consultant, program administrator and advocate on behalf of older adults with a mental illness, co-occurring disorder (MI/SA), or dementia. She is the director of the Mental Health and Aging Project, located at Lansing Community College in Michigan, which offers statewide technical assistance, continuing education and training programs, and a lending library of print and audio-visual materials for clinicians working in public behavioral health and aging services networks. Chris and her staff have coordinated 27 annual state Mental Health and Aging Conferences.

Christine Hennessey was presented the 2016 Mental Health and Aging Award at the Aging in America Conference in Washington DC.

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