Published in the Spring 2011 issue of SSA Magazine

Mental health luminaries receive the Edith Abbott and Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Awards

SSA's Alumni Association recognized pioneers in mental health services by awarding Jona Rosenfeld, A.M. '56, Ph.D. '62, and Charles Curie, A.M. '79, the 2011 Edith Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award and the PCC Community Wellness Center with the 2011 Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award for its Behavioral Health Program on June 4.

The Edith Abbott Award recognizes an SSA alum for distinguished service to society and for outstanding professional contributions at the local, national, or international levels. The Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award from SSA recognizes a program or agency that demonstrates the effective application of clinical and administrative techniques addressing client and organizational goals, allowing practitioners to share approaches that enhance effectiveness of social services.

Jona RosenfeldJona Rosenfeld is widely regarded as an architect of research-informed and tested mental health services for the State of Israel. The first full professor at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Professor Rosenfeld was the first mental health officer in the Israeli Army and much of his clinical work has been with Holocaust survivors. He is the author of more than 100 publications and studies, including five books. His research and work have had a direct impact on international thinking about how to engage populations who experience extreme poverty and marginalization.

Charles CurieCharles Curie is the former Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Curie led the $3.4 billion agency from 2001 to 2006. As Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the state of Pennsylvania, Curie implemented a policy to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint practices in the state hospital system, which won the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award. Curie is currently the principal and founder of The Curie Group, LLC and has been the regular host of SSA's Washington Week.

The PCC Community Wellness Center, located in Oak Park, Ill. offers community-based health care services for the medically underserved living on the West Side of Chicago and the near west suburbs. Launched in 2007, the Behavioral Health Program offers mental health services in a primary care setting through a network of psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.