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Commission on Disability Issues Announces DisAbility Awareness Day Honoree 2018

Annapolis, MD (October 16, 2018) - The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues has chosen Adrienne Mickler, Director of the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, as the 2018 DisAbility Awareness Day Honoree. Ms. Mickler will be recognized during the 2018 DisAbility Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 20th, at Westfield Annapolis Mall.
Adrienne Mickler provides superior leadership, management, and guidance by developing and implementing strategies and policies to ensure that the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency meets its goals.  Under her leadership, the Crisis Response System (CRS), developed in 1999, has grown to be a model for the State.  The system serves as a warm line to dispatch Mobile Crisis Teams (MCT) and Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) to individuals experiencing a crisis from behavioral health, to substance abuse, to survivors of a crisis, to active shooters.  Recently, she and her team helped to organize the Family Assistance Area following the tragedy at The Capital daily newspaper headquarters in Annapolis and provided Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) to all first responders at the scene. In addition, CRS partners with emergency personnel implementing the Safe Stations program in efforts to connect individuals to necessary resources and complete treatment.  To date, 62% of people seeking help through this program have completed treatment. 
"It is an honor to recognize my colleague for her dedication to critical mental health needs in this county," says Pamela Jordan, Director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. "I have seen first-hand the life-changing programs that have been put into place under Ms. Mickler's leadership.  I am grateful to the Commission on Disability Issues for choosing Ms. Mickler for the 2018 honor."
"Ms. Mickler's response has set her apart as a leader in addressing mental health issues," says Vicki Callahan, Commission chairman. "We appreciate Ms. Mickler's dedication and passion for the residents of Anne Arundel County and we are honored to recognize her."
"It is a privilege and an unbelievably rewarding experience to lead an agency of such a dedicated and passionate group of professionals," said Mickler. "I am so proud of their efforts and to receive this award in honor of everything the staff has achieved. We will continue to assist our residents to achieve wellness and lead fulfilling lives in the community."
The public is invited to attend the free 2018 DisAbility Awareness Day events. Exhibitors who provide services for individuals with disabilities will have free information about services. Executive awards will be given to employers of people with disabilities as well as to businesses and other groups that have made contributions to the disability community. Free entertainment will be provided throughout the event.
Award recipients include:
  • Legacy Award - Charlie Koppels, In Home Stone
  • Recreation Award - Broadneck Autism Allies
  • Employer of the Year Awards - Firehouse Subs-Severna Park, Twilite Zone Comics-Glen Burnie, Royal Farms-Store 23-Baltimore, Kelliher & Salzer, LLC.
  • Accessibility Awards - New Balance-Annapolis, York Flowers, Inc., Zoe's Kitchen, Inc., Harvest Thyme, IHOP-Edgewater, West Marine, Stoney River Steakhouse & Grill
For more information about the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, you may contact the ADA Coordinator's office at 410-222-4383. Anyone needing accommodations may contact the same number or email [email protected]. TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1. All materials are available in alternative formats upon request.
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