Awards

Anybody can nominate any CPRS or agency for any award.

A person or agency can only win a particular award only once every four years.

Nominations are now open!

This is a chance to let your voice be heard. Do you know of someone who goes above and beyond in their job providing peer services? Who helps peers no matter what? An agency that “gets” the concept of recovery peer recovery services and works to spread the word?

Here is where you can do it! We are now accepting nominations for these awards. To nominate someone, simply fill out the fields below and submit the form. It’s that easy!

When you explain why this person or agency deserves the award, please be as descriptive as you can. Not all CPRS’s know the person you are nominating, so please tell them why the nominee deserves this award.

CPRS of the Year

This award is given to the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in Tennessee who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty, modeling by example the concept of recovery and helping Peers with mental illness or substance use disorder while moving forward in their own recovery.

  • 2011 Winner: Sheryl McCormick
  • 2012 Winner: Lori Rash
  • 2013 Winner: Karen Driskell

Patsy Cronk Mentor of the Year Award

In honor of Patsy Cronk, former director of the Friends and Company Peer Support Center in Cookeville, this award is given to the CPRS who as Patsy did, demonstrates exceptional role modeling and mentoring of other CPRS’s and empowers and supports all peers in their recovery journeys.

  • 2012 Winner: Patsy Cronk, awarded posthumously
  • 2013 Winner: Lori Rash

Community Service Award

This award is given to the CPRS who has been a superior performer over the past year as a model for community service. Their work in the community has furthered the cause of recovery by bring to light and helping break the stigma of mental illness and/or substance use disorder, fostering the concept of recovery.

  • 2011 Winner: Larry Drain
  • 2012 Winner: Sheryl McCormick
  • 2013 Winner: Jennifer Jones

Advocate of Peer Recovery Services

Individual

This award is given to the individual who has been at the forefront advocating for Peers in the state of Tennessee. They have been the outstanding advocate in the cause of advancing and strengthening of individual and group needs of peers across the state.

  • 2011 Winner: Lori Rash
  • 2012 Winner: Robbie Visnicky
  • 2013 Winner: Brian Whitehead

Advocate of Peer Recovery Services

Group/Agency

This award is given to the group or agency that has been at the forefront advocating for Peers in the state of Tennessee. They have been the outstanding group or agency in the cause of advancing and strengthening of individual and group needs across the state.

  • 2011 Winner: Tennessee Mental Health Consumers Association
  • 2012 Winner: Peninsula, A Division of Parkwest Medical Center
  • 2013 Winner: Chattanooga AIM Center