Bloomington man recognized by Mental Health America of Indiana for years of service and advocacy
Columbus, Ind.—Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, announced today that Aris Beldavs has received the Heroes in the Fight award from Mental Health America of Indiana.
Beldavs, a Peer Recovery Specialist with the Centerstone Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, received the award at a recent luncheon and ceremony held at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis. As an ACT Peer Recovery Specialist, Beldavs works to raise awareness of recovery issues and help instill hope in people with serious and persistent mental illness. Beldavs was honored in the allied health professional category for his years of work with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the Mental Health Association (MHA), as well as his efforts to help inmates transition from the Monroe County Correctional Facility back into the community.
“Aris is truly a Hero in the Fight, and we congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition,” said Centerstone CEO Robert Williams. “Aris is a tremendously dedicated professional. He has worked extremely hard to support and care for those with mental illness throughout his years of service at Centerstone, and his work embodies our mission to ensure that every person living with a mental health or addiction disorder reaches full recovery.”
Established by Eli Lilly and Company, Heroes in the Fight is a recognition program developed in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Mental Health American advocacy organizations that celebrates dignity, courage, hope, and recovery in the ongoing treatment of persons with serious and persistent mental illness (SPMI) by recognizing “heroes” who provide care and support for persons with SPMI and their families.
Award winners were recognized in four categories: community advocacy, psychiatrist, allied health professional, and media.
Beldavs, who is fluent in Latvian, has worked at Centerstone, formerly the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH), since 2006. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University. He resides in Bloomington with his wife and stepson.
Centerstone (www.centerstone.org), a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare. With a history that spans over fifty years, Centerstone provides a full range of behavioral health and related educational services to more than 69,000 individuals of all ages and their families annually. Children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families all receive help from a multitude of different programs in more than 120 facilities and 150 partnership locations in Indiana and Tennessee. Centerstone is accredited by The Joint Commission in Indiana and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Tennessee. For more information about Centerstone, please call toll free at 800-344-8802.