Going the Distance: A Vision of Hope and Recovery

2020 would have been our 48th year for the Behavioral Health Institute presented by the Mental Health Council of Arkansas.  Normally, this letter is a welcome and introduction to a fabulous line up of presenters, courses and events of the week.  This year of 2020 has been anything, but normal.  Ironically, our theme for BHI this year was “Going the Distance: A Vision of Hope and Recovery.”  More than ever hope and recovery are needed in our world amid the surgence of COVID-19.  In what seemed like the blink of an eye, COVID-19 became a daily undeniable factor across the globe. 

Behavioral health needs have only increased in this atmosphere of COVID-19.  Many of our agencies quickly adapted to virtual means and other necessary modifications in order to continue to provide much needed services to our clients and the communities we serve.  COVID-19 has not only been a physical health pandemic, but also a behavioral health public health issue for many Arkansans.

The Institute Committee worked very hard to develop a line-up of presenters and trainings for the multi-dimensional levels of collaboration between local city and state officials within areas of the judicial system, law enforcement, jails, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment providers. We look forward to holding the 48th Behavioral Health Institute as soon as we can come together in a safe manner. 

When you are a part of the MHCA or BHI, there’s an inherent knowledge of being a part of something much larger.  This represents being a part of a larger network of individuals and entities working to make life better for others.  Every touch changes us.  Every touch changes those we serve.  This is evident as Practitioner of the Year awards are given to recognize practitioners who are nominated by their peers in the field for exceeding the standards when it comes to client care.   The daily efforts of demonstrating excellence, compassion and care make an enormous difference to those we treat and serve. Normally we would honor these individuals at our annual institute awards luncheon, however, this year we chose to do it virtually. Click below to see each presentation to our 2020 Arkansas Practitioners of the Year award recipients! 

-Rusti Holwick

Please Hover Over and Click the Picture of the Awardee to read their Bio