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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Community Services Board Honors Local Partners of Mental Health Support Services Department

Mental Health Support Services

September 15, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Last month, the Chesterfield Community Services Board (CSB) presented partnership awards to county employees and community members who have enriched the work of the Department of Mental Health Support Services.

The Chesterfield CSB serves as an administrative-policy board for the Chesterfield Department of MHSS, which provides mental health, developmental disabilities and substance use disorder services to children and adults throughout Chesterfield County.

“We are so pleased to recognize these valuable partners, and we sincerely thank each of them for collaborating with our agency and staff to provide these incredibly important services and opportunities to the individuals of Chesterfield County,” said Kelly Fried, executive director of the Community Services Board.

Though the CSB Partnership Awards are normally presented at the Chesterfield CSB Annual Recognition Dinner, this year’s honorees were recognized virtually during the CSB’s Aug. 20 meeting due to social distancing guidelines implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Winners of the 2020 CSB Partnership Awards are:

  • Sergeant George Turner and Corporal Matthew Rogers of the Chesterfield County Police Department for their support of Project Lifesaver, a partnership between the CCPD and MHSS that assists adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, Autism, Dementia, Down Syndrome and other related disorders.

  • Shalandis Wheeler Smith, Margarette Joyner, Sharalyn Garrard and Dorothy Dee-D Miller of the Ensemble Theatre Company, which provides a first-class opportunity for individuals with intellectual disabilities to receive live theater performances filled with invigorating arts and a tantalizing emotion.

  • Susan Pollard and Teresa Bonifas of the Chesterfield County Department of Communications and Media for their work with MHSS in developing acclaimed and award-winning campaigns regarding youth and veteran suicide prevention, the safe storage and disposal of prescription drugs and the RVA Basics, parenting and care-giving principles designed to benefit children of all backgrounds.

  • Dr. Charles Fischer and Mrs. Barbara Fischer of Fischer Sundae Puppets for the puppet shows they have performed at the Chesterfield Infant Program’s Family Fun Day for 15 years.

  • Allie Baumgartner, Arvachi Patel and other members of the Walgreen’s pharmacy staff who since 2017 have given educational presentations to members of Chester House, a rehabilitation program for adults who have experienced serious and persistent behavioral health disorders.

  • James Cash and Diane Pulliam of Unifirst, a uniform rental company, for partnering with Chesterfield Employment Services to hire community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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