2018 Ohio NADD Conference
2018 Ed Comer Award Winner: Dr. Angela Ray
Dr. Angela Everson Ray received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in psychology from The Ohio State University, specializing in mental health services for persons with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. As Director of Psychology for Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Dr. Ray and her team of 11 clinicians provide exemplary mental health services for individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities throughout Franklin County. As part of the leadership team of the Central Ohio Trauma-Informed Care Collaborative, Dr. Ray has provided free trainings for over 600 people across a diverse range of disciplines, ranging from family members to medical professionals to school educators. She tirelessly seeks out novel ways to improve the quality of services for individuals who are dually diagnosed, blending her clinical expertise with Trauma-Informed practices and an eagerness to share knowledge across systems. In addition, she volunteered her time and efforts for the 2018 Trauma-Informed Care Summit Planning Committee, serves on the Statewide TIC Internal Team and attends various Behavior Support Meetings throughout the Central and Southeast regions to lend support and share her vast knowledge about serving those with complex needs. Through over 30 years of service, Dr. Ray’s selfless commitment to serving individuals with dual diagnosis and spreading the principles of Trauma-Informed care has had an enormously positive impact on the region and the entire state of Ohio.
2018 MI/ID Team Award Winner: Ross County
Ross County’s MI/ID Team and the members of their partnership provide services through the collaborative efforts of local systems and agencies to provide quality support to individuals who are dually diagnosed. They have woven Trauma-Informed approaches into their practices and have worked diligently to educate and provide support through Trauma trainings with a grant through the BWC and by engaging other renowned educators. Ross County has amazing SSAs who go above and beyond for the individuals receiving services. They have utilized the resources from the CCOE and coupled it with other invested resources to improve the quality of lives of those they support by building the skill capacity of Teams to advance the Teams and individual quality of life. They have used all resources possible to help support individuals who are dually diagnosed. The leadership of the County Board of Developmental Disabilities and their local Mental Health partners have been open and welcoming to partnering in learning opportunities. These partnerships with the local community serve to build relationships and make an impact individually and on a larger scale. Ross County’s approach truly shows the meaning of breaking down barriers and building strength in all.