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Long-time Evanston resident Kate Mahoney, L.C.S.W., is the recipient of the George Goodman and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award from Mental Health America (MHA), a national community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness. She serves on the board of MHA of the North Shore in Evanston and is the executive director of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education (NRCI) at The Chicago School.

“I am truly honored to be recognized by Mental Health America,” said Ms. Mahoney. “MHA is one of the premiere organizations dedicated to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. They were early to recognize that mental health is critical to overall wellness and have been steadfastly working to reduce barriers to care.”

A licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of experience in behavioral health, Ms. Mahoney has also been awarded the prestigious national Nyswander/Dole Award for her leadership in addressing the opioid epidemic, and was the 2010 recipient of the Mental Health America – North Shore Community Service Award. In her role as executive director of NRCI, Ms. Mahoney continues to work on behalf of individuals living with mental illness.

The award was presented to Ms. Mahoney earlier this month, in a ceremony at which U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and Chris Murphy, Congressman Tim Murphy and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson were recognized for their legislative leadership in mental health reform. Others recognized were mental health advocate Brandon Staglin and 17-year-old founder of nonprofit TeenzTalk.org, Nadia Ghaffari.