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Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane receives Mental Health Award


Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane Receives Mental Health Award

Marine Veteran Matthew Jensen and Shirlee Zane receiving California State NAMI awards...“We both share the same end suicide and remove stigma from mental illness...both Kaiser and the VA need to stop rationing care, provide parity or equal mental health treatment....saving 1,000's of lives and preventing needless suffering.” ~ Suervisor Zane


NAMI California recognizes Zane’s work with Recovery Practitioner Award

By Peter Rumble

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California has awarded Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane the 2014 Recovery Practitioner of the year. The award recognizes “consistent initiation, promotion and reinforcement of recovery principles in the clinician's practice, county and sphere of influence,” and will be presented at the 2014 Annual Conference in Newport Beach, California.

Supervisor Zane commented, “This award is particularly meaningful to me, especially against the backdrop of having lost my husband to mental illness three and a half years ago. Every aspect of my work touches on mental health issues. I continue to fight on the frontlines for mental health parity in our medical services network.”   

Rosemary Milbrath, Executive Director for NAMI Sonoma County, remarked “having personally nominated Supervisor Zane, I am incredibly gratified to see her selected by the Board of Directors of NAMI California to receive this significant award of achievement.” 

In addition to representing Sonoma County’s 3rd District, Supervisor Zane serves on the Board for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation in Washington D.C., and on the Health Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties, where her work focuses on implementation of health care reform, long-term care goals, mental health parity, and a policy platform for counties across the U.S.

Among other initiatives, Supervisor Zane worked with the Sonoma County Sheriff, Santa Rosa Chief of Police, and County Health Services to create a Mobile Support Team to assist law enforcement on 911 mental health and substance abuse calls. The life saving program has received State and National awards and is being replicated state wide.