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The Iris Award

NAMI Tallahassee's highest award, the Iris Award recognizes individuals whose actions sustain the courage, hope and vision of individuals and their families coping with mental illness.  Vincent Van Gogh painted many irises while hospitalized for his mental illness at Saint Remy.

Nominations for the award are accepted on an ongoing basis.  To download a copy of the nomination criteria and form, link here.

Past Award Recipients:

John Bailey, DO, PA
Hon. Thomas Bateman
  Barbara Benda
  Ellen K. Berkowitz, MD
  Kendra Brown
  Patricia Brown
  Peter Debelius-Enmark, MD
Hon. Ron Flury
  Sadie Gordon
Joseph Collin Haley
  Dan Hendrickson, Esq.
  Carl Mahler, MS
  Rosalyn Newport-Olson, MSW
  Nancy Repplinger, RN
Hon. Jonathan Sjostrom
  Debra Spears
  Richard Spears
  Ines Bragado-Spence, MD
  Commissioner Cliff Thael
 2011 Recipients 
Iris Award recipients Judge Jonathan Sjostrom, Court Mental Health Coordinator Kendra Brown and Judge Ronald Flury.  The three were recognized for their leadership in implementing and administering the mental health court in Leon County.  The ceremony was held in the Leon County Commission Chambers.  NAMI-Tallahassee also made a cash contribution to Neighborhood Health Services in the name of the award recipients.

Related Files

Iris Award Nomination Form (PDF File)

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