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 DHS News March 2014     

Kudos: Michael Gruber and “Stand Together” Stakeholders  

Kudos goes to Michael Gruber, Systems Transformation Specialist in the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and volunteer stakeholders involved in propelling the Stand Together mental illness anti-stigma project, begun late last year in select middle and high schools in Allegheny County.

Mental Health America (MHA) Allegheny County selected Pittsburgh Cares Stand Together for the 2014 Children’s Services Award, to be given at the MHA Espirit Awards Luncheon in May. Pittsburgh Cares received a $100,000 grant from Staunton Farms Foundation to implement Stand Together, for which Michael serves as a consultant.

Holly McGraw of Pittsburgh Cares wrote to MHA to accept and thank the group for the award, adding that “This program wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the passion of the OBH (stakeholder group) to reduce stigma associated with mental illness and reaching out to us at Pittsburgh Cares to collaborate on this worthy project.”

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