[Pittsburgh, PA] – July 5, 2016 – Staunton Farm Foundation awarded Lynne Loresch with the Albert B. Craig, Jr. Award for Innovation in Behavioral Health. The award is to recognize individuals who have challenged society to think in fresh ways about problems and solutions in behavioral health, to forge new paths or new ways of serving people with behavioral health issues.
Lynne Loresch has over 30 years of service with mental health community. She will be retiring as the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Washington County. Lynne is tireless advocate for eliminating stigma, raising awareness and education the community around behavioral health. MHA Washington is an advocacy and service provider and under her leadership, she has built a number of community based services. Lynne’s outstanding leadership and efforts in addressing and raising awareness about issues of behavioral health have made a significant impact not only on consumers, but also their families, MHA staff and Board, and numerous others.
The eighth annual Albert B. Craig, Jr. Award is in memory of Albert B. Craig, Jr., MD who served as the President of the Staunton Farm Foundation until 1991. During his years on the Board of Trustees, he gave from a boundless reservoir of creativity, kindness, and generosity of spirit, challenging Trustees and staff to search for the best ideas to improve behavioral health in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Dr. Craig brought to the Foundation the same concern for people and love of inquiry that were apparent in his career as a Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Rochester Medical School. He led the Staunton Farm Foundation in its work to improve the lives of people with behavioral health issues by supporting programs of proven merit as well as those that test new approaches to advancing behavioral health. The Award is funded by the Staunton Farm Foundation. It provides a cash prize of $5,000.
About the Staunton Farm Foundation- The Staunton Farm Foundation is a family foundation established in 1937 in accordance with the wishes of Matilda Staunton Craig, who wanted her estate to be used to benefit people with mental illness.
Following the direction set in her will and in response to current needs, the Trustees of the Staunton Farm Foundation make grants to support treatment, services, and systems improvements for children, youth, and adults with behavioral health issues. Grants are limited to non-profit organizations that benefit people in ten counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.
Staunton Farm Foundation’s Vision: Investing in a future where behavioral health is understood, accepted and supported.
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