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Turning Point is one of 18 organizations and individuals to receive an Award of Excellence from the National Council for Behavioral Health for its contribution to helping people recovering from mental illness and addictions. The National Council will present the awards, along with a $10,000 grant to each winning organization, at its annual conference in Orlando, Fla., on April 21.

Turning Point is being honored for “Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management,” recognizing the leadership and ingenuity of CEO Ann Fisher Raney.

“Both Ann and Turning Point’s management team have demonstrated exceptional, innovative leadership, taking into account the community’s needs, and balancing those needs with practical solutions,” said Linda Rosenberg, National Council president and CEO. “We are pleased to honor them with this year’s Award of Excellence, and believe their example of leadership and innovation is a model for other behavioral health care centers across the nation.”

Under Ms. Raney’s guidance, Turning Point launched the innovative Living Room program, which despite its limited operating budget, has saved an estimated $1.7 million in health care costs by deflect-ing people from more costly hospital emergency room departments.

“As the leader of a non-profit organization, I am passionate about providing services that most closely meet the needs of those in our community, and I know how important it is to find creative ways to work with limited funding,” Ms. Raney said. “I am proud of The Living Room, because it was created by the community for the community’s use, and because we used efficiencies of scale and economy
to achieve great results.”