On September 8th, John Mayes, President and CEO of Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare Inc. was honored by the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH) with the 2017 Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award. Mayes received the award during the IABH annual conference, where professionals come together from across the fields of addiction, substance use, and mental health.
The IABH works with legislators and policy makers to advocate for sound public policies in support of behavioral health. The organization is known for working with stakeholders at various levels, including clinicians, consumers, affiliated organizations, and corporations to support those in need of mental health services.
Every year, the IABH presents this award to a pioneer in the field of behavioral health. The award is named for Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman, a leader who dedicated his life to addressing the lack of mental health services both domestically and abroad. Award recipients are celebrated for their personal work in advancing treatment for mental illness and prevention of substance use. The inscription on the award reads, "We honor your commitment, acknowledge your vision, and distinguish you for the example that you set for your peers and for the next generation of behavioral health professionals and pioneers." On receiving this honor, John Mayes commented, "It is always an honor to be recognized by your peers. If I have made some small contributions to the field, I am pleased. I also understand that there is much work still to be done and I look forward to supporting and inspiring those to follow."
Mayes’ commitment and leadership in the field of mental health spans more than 30 years, and this award recognizes his timeless dedication to advancing behavioral health.