Award Highlights Supportive Housing Leadership in State
Richard W. Brown, Carolyn Beauchamp and Senator Joseph F. Vitale
Congratulations are extended to Richard W. Brown, CEO of Monarch Housing, upon receiving a Golden Bell Leadership Award from the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ.) Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO of MHANJ, presented Richard with his award at MHANJ’s Evening of Excellence held on June 19, 2012 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston. Senator Joseph F. Vitale served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which was attended by over 220 people.
Richard’s award highlights his work to expand the supply, accessibility, and variety of affordable, permanent supportive housing through development, planning, advocacy and partnerships. MHANJ founded Monarch Housing in 1990, and since then, has supported efforts to fulfill its mission.
Richard has been with Monarch Housing for 21 years and is the organization’s first and only CEO. The head of the first non-profit association to provide housing assistance in the state; he is an established statewide leader in New Jersey’s affordable and supportive housing community.
“Richard Brown has been the driving force that brought housing for the mentally ill in New Jersey into the current supportive housing model. By recognizing that agencies wanted to provide housing but needed help and technical assistance, he was able to address fundamental needs and change people’s lives,” stated Carolyn Beauchamp, President and CEO of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey.
The other Golden Bell Leadership award winners were the Somerset Hills YMCA Healthy Outcomes Partnership (HOP) and Michael Ippoliti, a youth advocate. Kevin Cummings, President and CEO of Investors Bank, was honored as Philanthropist of the Year.
Bob Kley, Richard W. Brown, Michael Wilson and Jacob Bucher
Since 1948, the Mental Health Association in New Jersey has worked to fulfill its mission by responding to issues and concerns raised by consumers of mental health services, and then working for changes and promoting policies that protect their rights and fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness and makes recovery difficult. The MHANJ advocates for systems change with elected and appointed government officials on the state, federal and local levels. Administrative, legal, budgetary and treatment issues that affect people with mental illness are all addressed. The organization also provides services that directly assist consumers in need, and thus reduce the strain on the limited government resources.