May 03, 2005

Lilly "Reintegration Awards"

Just in today from the Eli Lilly Marketing Department:

Eli Lilly and Company Opens Nominations for 9th Annual Reintegration Awards; Reintegration Awards Recognize Professional and Individual Achievements in Mental Health Community

Press Release/ Marketing Release from Eli Lilly

INDIANAPOLIS, May 3 -- Eli Lilly and Company announced today a call for entries for its Reintegration Awards. The annual awards honor individuals and groups who support people living with severe mental illness; the achievements of people living with severe mental illness who offer hope to others facing similar challenges; and local and national efforts to improve services and decrease the stigma of mental illness.

   "The Reintegration Awards are all about acknowledging the role that people with mental illness and their providers play in helping themselves and others realize their own potential," said John Lechleiter, M.D., Executive VP of Pharmaceutical Operations, Eli Lilly and Company. "These awards are one of the ways Lilly celebrates the phenomenal achievements that have been occurring in the areas of reintegration and recovery."

   The awards chairperson, Ralph Aquila, M.D., added that the Reintegration Awards are especially important in that they highlight the need for complementary recovery-oriented approaches, including efforts to help individuals find and keep jobs, have comfortable places to call home and sustain meaningful relationships with friends and family.

   The public is invited to nominate individuals, caregivers, advocates, social workers, policy makers, nurses, clinicians and treatment groups and programs for consideration for the Reintegration Awards. The awards celebrate the collaborative roles of individual involvement, treatment team support and access to effective medication in helping patients attain the four goals of successful
reintegration: a comfortable place to live, a job, positive relationships with friends and family and medical care provided by a comprehensive treatment team.

     Award Categories
   Awards for people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

   -- The Artistic Contribution Award honors individual accomplishment in self-expression, in areas such as painting, video, dance performance, music, design or fashion.

   -- The Mentorship Award recognizes individuals who not only have managed to live well with their illness, but are sharing the skills and wisdom they've acquired with others.

   -- The Inspiration Award honors individuals whose improvements over time have allowed for impressive personal achievements.

   Treatment team awards

   -- The Clinical Medicine Award honors those who combine effective protocols and compassionate strategies to achieve success in clinical outcomes.

   -- The On the Job Award recognizes those who help individuals in their care develop the skills needed to find a meaningful job and the determination to keep it.

   -- The Home Sweet Home Award celebrates the accomplishment of helping someone make a home.

   -- The Advocacy Award honors those who demonstrate their dedication by speaking up for people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

   -- The Keep Learning Award pays tribute to those who help people living with a psychiatric disorder achieve their educational goals.

   -- The Social Support Award recognizes the exceptional dedication of those who help individuals in their care adopt the basic social and coping skills required for community interaction.

   -- The Lifetime Achievement Award honors the healthcare professional who has made remarkable contributions to many lives over the course of time.

   Honorary Awards:

   Three honorary awards -- Government, Media and The Public Eye -- recognize individuals who have worked to raise awareness of schizophrenia and related disorders, and/or bipolar disorder, on a local or national level in the past year. Prior recipients have included Senator Gordon Smith (2004), Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter (2003), Senators Paul Wellstone and Peter Domenici (2001) and Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher (2000).

   About the Reintegration Awards

An independent panel of individuals and healthcare professionals chaired by Dr. Aquila will evaluate the nominations. Evaluations will be based upon how well the nominee has satisfied the criteria outlined in the application packet for each category. All first place, second place and honorary winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November. Winners in each category will receive grants to their respective institutions to further the success of their programs. First place winners will receive $5,000 and second place winners will receive $2,500. For those recognized in the three honorary categories, a contribution of $5,000 will be made to the mental health facility or advocacy program of their choice.

   Applications can be downloaded at


I have successfully adopted a child, age 4, and was investigated completely including letters from health professionals who care for me at the local mental health center. I have been an outpatient there for over 25years. I have a good job and have won awards at the University of Oklahoma where I have worked for the past 15years.
Myself and one other woman are the only consumers who are on Moban. The side effects are awful especially in the early mornings. This is the only medication I have ever been on that keeps me basically delusion free.
When I get sick, last time 10years ago, I get very sick. I thought I was a dog and was drinking out of puddles in front of the Mental Health Center.
Although I am proud of my accomplishments, I fear of the psychosis returning.
Thanks for your support. Barbara Kowaleski

Posted by: Barbara Kowaleski at May 29, 2005 01:30 AM

Are there any chances that this scholarship is going to be open also for non-US citizens?

Posted by: Maria Fe Lanfranco at November 3, 2005 09:19 AM

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