Supervisor Zane to be honored for work on mental health issues
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) California has awarded Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane the 2014 Recovery Practitioner of the year.

The award recognizes “consistent initiation, promotion and reinforcement of recovery principles in the clinician's practice, county and sphere of influence,” and will be presented at the 2014 Annual Conference in Newport Beach.

“This award is particularly meaningful to me, especially against the backdrop of having lost my husband to mental illness three and a half years ago,” Zane said. “Every aspect of my work touches on mental health issues. I continue to fight on the frontlines for mental health parity in our medical services network.”

 In addition to representing Sonoma County’s 3rd District, which includes the city of Rohnert Park east of Highway 101 and Sonoma State University, Zane serves on the Board for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation in Washington D.C., and on the Health Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties, where her work focuses on implementation of health care reform, long-term care goals, mental health parity, and a policy platform for counties across the United States.

Among other initiatives, Zane worked with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa Chief of Police, and County Health Services to create a Mobile Support Team to assist law enforcement on 911 mental health and substance abuse calls. The life saving program has received state and national awards and is being replicated state wide.

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