Annual NADD Awards

Ed Comer Award


The Ed Comer Award for Excellence in Service to Individuals with IDD was established in 2008 by the Ohio Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) in Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability. The award is named for Ed Comer, who provided program administration for the Ohio CCOE from its inception until his retirement in April of 2008. The award is presented to individuals who make extraordinary contributions in the fields of mental illness & intellectual disability by motivating systems of care to work together, by establishing training programs to expand skills & confidence for those who work the field, by insisting that more clinical services are necessary to maintain individuals with dual diagnosis in their home communities, and/or by promoting more research efforts in the field of dual diagnosis. The award is presented on behalf of all those individuals whose lives have been improved by these efforts.

MI/ID CCOE Team Award

Each year the Coordinating Center of Excellence in Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability and Ohio's Telepsychiatry Project for Intellectual Disability recognizes counties in the state of Ohio that have excelled in the area of provision of services and resources to individuals with co-occurring conditions. The accomplishments may include educational programming, collaborative efforts among systems, team building, coordinating specialized clinical services, and many other administrative and leadership activities. Their advocacy efforts in accessing mental health treatment and in coordinating care for individuals with IDD with the most complex needs could be a model for others.