Marsha Medalie of Riverside Community Care Receives Association for Behavioral Healthcare’s Robert Dorwart M.D. Award for Mental Health
Newton, MA – The Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH), a statewide organization representing over 80 community-based behavioral healthcare provider organizations, announced its 2017 Recognition Award recipients at its Salute to Excellence event. Each year, ABH recognizes individuals and groups that have made impressive contributions to the field of mental health and addiction treatment. This year, Marsha Medalie of Riverside Community Care, received the Robert Dorwart M.D. Award for Mental Health.
“On behalf of ABH, we want to thank all of today’s award recipients for the important work that they do every day,” said Vic DiGravio, President/CEO of ABH. “We salute you for your tireless commitment to helping individuals and families living with mental health and substance use disorders. Your dedication is making a real difference everyday in people’s lives across Massachusetts.”
Since beginning her career more than three decades ago as a social worker, Marsha Medalie has remained dedicated to strengthening behavioral health services in the Commonwealth. Equally versed in government affairs and advocacy work, as well as in direct services, Marsha seamlessly assumes a variety of roles and speaks on behalf of Riverside and the Association with different stakeholders. Marsha has consistently been recognized for her clear, strong, and balanced voice in advocating for expanded access to behavioral health services. Often working after-hours and through weekends, Marsha embodies a steadfast commitment to the field and love for what she does.
The Robert Dorwart, M.D. Award for Mental Health is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated a personal long-term commitment to the goals of ABH and who has provided leadership and support to the association, its members, and staff around mental health issues.
Marsha was recognized at a ceremony at the Boston Marriott in Newton. ABH members are the primary providers of community-based behavioral healthcare in Massachusetts. Member providers and their more than 46,500 dedicated employees provide clinically effective and cost-sensitive care to 1.5 million residents in communities throughout the state annually.