Vinfen’s Senior Vice President of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Susan Abbott was awarded the 2014 Isaiah Uliss Advocacy Award at the Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (MassPRA) Conference on October 16, 2014.
Susan was recognized for her contributions to promoting quality psychiatric rehabilitation services, taking a public leadership role in psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery activities, showing dedication and persistence, and influencing attitudes and practices in rehabilitation and recovery.
Susan has over 30 years experience as a leader in the behavioral health field. In the last three decades she has overseen the development and operation of a wide variety of evidenced-informed community outreach, residential, clinical, day, and peer support services to meet the needs of youth and adults with psychiatric disabilities. As Senior Vice President of Vinfen’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Division since 1999, Susan is responsible for the clinical, fiscal and administrative oversight of about 100 community-based programs serving 3,600 people in eastern Massachusetts.
In her nomination for the Uliss Advocacy Award, Susan was recognized for her strong belief in recovery and her fundamental commitment to people and the peer movement. “I appreciate the long-standing efforts of Susan Abbott to enhance the peer recovery movement,” said one of Vinfen’s Recovery Coordinators. “Susan has helped create new recovery centers and has the drive to support a growing peer workforce. I am impressed by her vision and am honored to work with her.”
Please join everyone at Vinfen in congratulating Susan on this honor.