ValueOptions' Clarence Jordan Selected as SAMHSA 2012 Voice Awards Fellow

Vice President of Wellness and Recovery's Personal Story Grabs National Attention

Dec 17, 2012, 13:56 ET from ValueOptions, Inc.

NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ValueOptions®, Inc., a health improvement company that specializes in emotional wellbeing and recovery, announced today that Clarence Jordan, Vice President of Wellness & Recovery, has been awarded a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) 2012 Voice Awards Fellowship.

SAMHSA's Voice Award Fellowship Program is designed to increase the reach of consumer/peer leaders in the behavioral health community who have shared their stories about resilience and recovery from a unique personal perspective. Through their advocacy, Voice Award Fellows play a vital role in raising public awareness of mental health and substance abuse disorders and in promoting the social inclusion of people with such challenges.  

They participate in a 3-day program designed to strengthen their spokesperson skills, storytelling and strategic communications planning. They also receive individual consultations with communications industry experts in video production, social media, blogging, and media relations. They will leave the training with a communications plan and video resources to guide their outreach efforts.

"It's an honor to receive this recognition, and I'm excited to gain more tools to spread the message of recovery," said Jordan. "Individuals and society as a whole can learn that recovery is not only possible, but commonplace.  Each journey is unique; but people are maintaining recovery every day."

For the past 12 years, Jordan has served on Tennessee's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Council and as a member of the Consumer Advisory Board. Jordan was awarded SAMHSA's Consumer Leadership Award at the 2010 National Voice Awards. And in 2012, he received an appointment as Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of NISH, one of two national non-profit agencies whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities.

SAMHSA was established in 1992 and directed by Congress to effectively target substance abuse and mental health services to the people most in need and to translate research in these areas more effectively and more rapidly into the general health care system. Over the years SAMHSA has demonstrated that - prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. Behavioral health services improve health status and reduce health care and other costs to society. Continued improvement in the delivery and financing of prevention, treatment and recovery support services provides a cost effective opportunity to advance and protect the Nation's health. To accomplish its work SAMHSA administers a combination of competitive, formula, and block grant programs and data collection activities.

About ValueOptions®
ValueOptions is a health improvement company that serves more than 32 million individuals. On behalf of employers, health plans and government agencies, we manage innovative programs and solutions that directly address the challenges our health care system faces today. A national leader in the fields of mental and emotional wellbeing, recovery and resilience, employee assistance, and wellness, ValueOptions helps people make the difficult life changes needed to be healthier and more productive. With offices nationwide and a network of more than 130,000 provider locations, ValueOptions helps people take important steps in the right direction. We help them live their lives to the fullest potential. Visit for more information.

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