Awards and Achievements

 

Throughout its history, Community Alliance has been a pioneer and leader in the development and provision of community focused, recovery oriented treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for those with serious mental illness in Nebraska.

 

Awards and achievements since 1981 include:

 

2014

Community Alliance receives the 2014 'Recovery Award', given by the state's Director of Behavioral Health Services to an agency that improves behavioral health in Nebraska and furthers individual recovery.

 

2013

'Crossroads to Health & Recovery' opens, a first of its kind integrated health care program in Nebraska providing physical and mental health treatment and wellness services at one location within Community Alliance, and becoming the whole health home for persons served.

 

2012

Community Alliance awarded Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration grant by SAMHSA, one of 30 such grants nationwide in 2012.

 

Safe Harbor Peer Services opens, providing peer run crisis diversion services as an alternative to emergency room and hospitalization. The 24 hour diversion program, together with a "warm line" is staffed totally by trained peer support specialists, and is one of only two programs using a short-term, fully peer run approach in the country.

 

2011

Community Alliance celebrates the 15th anniversary of Breaking the Silence and its 30th anniversary as an agency, remaining committed to its core mission of helping men and women with mental illness to live, work, and learn within our community.

 

2010

Community Alliance programs achieve highest possible ratings on national accreditation survey for second time in succession, and third time in its history, putting the organization in the top 1% of all behavioral health organizations accredited by the national CARF accreditation commission.

 

2009

Total housing offered by Community Alliance, including both supervised group residences and supported apartments, exceed 200 units.

 

2008

Community Alliance staff members recognized as a “Heroes in the Fight”, an award presented by the Nebraska Mental Health Association and Eli Lilly Company. This award is intended to celebrate dignity, courage, hope, and recovery in the ongoing treatment of persons with serious and persistent mental illness by recognizing “heroes’ in every State who provide care and support for these individuals and their families.

 

2007

A client of Community Alliance is recognized as 'Consumer of the Year' and staff member as 'Behavioral Health Provider of the Year' at national CIT Conference in Memphis, Tennesee for their contributions to the Heartland Crisis Intervention Training curriculum development and training of local law enforcement officers to deal safely and effectively with persons who have a mental illness and are in crisis.

 

2006
Two Community Alliance staff recognized as Heroes in the Fight, an award sponsored by NAMI Nebraska and the Eli Lilly company to recognize individual, team, and organizational efforts which further the dignity, hope, and recovery of persons experiencing a major mental illness.

 

The quality of Community Alliance's housing efforts is recognized by the Nebraska division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with the organization’s housing manager being awarded its state Property Manager of the Year award.

 

2005

Community Alliance is recognized as Provider of the Year by the Omaha Food Bank.

 

2004

Community Alliance is part of a historic behavioral health reform measure that is passed by the State legislature with unprecedented levels of consumer and family involvement and self-advocacy.

 

2003

Community Alliance is awarded the Mosaic Award by the Human Resources Association of the Midlands for “outstanding contributions to workplace diversity.”

 

2001
Community Alliance achieves a perfect score on national accreditation survey, a level of excellence achieved by less than 1% of all behavioral health organizations accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission.

 

Community Alliance recognized as Provider of the Year by the Mental Health Association of Nebraska for its “outstanding contributions and commitment to mental health consumers throughout the State of Nebraska.”

 

The City of Omaha presents Community Alliance with its 2001 Fair Housing Award in recognition of “twenty years of outstanding leadership promoting independent living and rehabilitation for persons experiencing serious psychiatric disabilities and excellence in providing affordable housing units.

 

Nebraska’s Governor and the Department of Economic Development present Community Alliance with the Metropolitan Community Development Award with “special recognition for providing consolidated and coordinated services and housing to, and being strong advocates for persons with mental illness.”

 
2000

A federally funded Community Alliance housing facility receives recognition from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as one of HUD’s Top 1000 High Performing Multifamily Properties in the country.

 
1999

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter visits Community Alliance as part of the third annual Breaking the Silence community education event organized by the agency.

 

1997

The Nebraska Affordable Housing Commission recognizes Community Alliance’s success in developing a range of quality, affordable housing options for persons with mental illness with its Housing Our Community Award.

 

1996

The Med Center Merchants Association recognize Community Alliance’s purchase and major building renovation in midtown Omaha with its Neighborhood Improvement Award, citing the improvements made and contribution “to the continued beatification of the MCMA neighborhood.”

 
1995

The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben present the Ike Friedman Community Leadership Award to Community Alliance for make a difference through inspirational leadership and community involvement.

 

1992

National accreditation earned by all Community Alliance programs for the first time.

 

1990

Community Alliance leads successful coalition to obtain changes in Omaha fair housing laws affecting persons with disabilities.

 

Community Alliance is cited as one of the “bright spots” in Nebraska in national publication ranking state services for persons recovering from serious mental illness.

 

1988

United Way of the Midlands presents its Judges Award to Community Alliance for its involvement of the community in a collaborative effort to better serve the area’s homeless individuals.

 

First of seven nationally competitive affordable housing grants awarded to Community Alliance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

1987

Community Alliance is awarded the Spirit of Service Award from the area chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

 

1986

Community Alliance is awarded one of six national demonstration grants to develop innovative services for adults who are homeless and have a mental illness.

 

The Nebraska Psychiatric Society nominates Community Alliance for the American Psychiatric Association National Achievement Award.

 

1982 - 1984

Community Alliance develops and opens first of its kind services in Nebraska for adults with serious mental illness including free-standing day rehabilitation, case management, and vocational services.

 

1981

Following a state-wide study recommending the development of a model program, Community Alliance is organized by a grass roots coalition of family members and mental health professionals as the first psychiatric rehabilitation agency in Nebraska.