Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Presents Annual Employee of the Year Awards to Ten Recipients

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Southwest Behavioral & Health Services CEO Steven Sheets presented the Employee of the Year awards.
(Pictured left to right: Ashleymarie McKerlie, Integrated High Needs Case Manager; Kelli Scofield, CSR Supervisor; Marissa Hall, Activities Specialist; Steven Sheets, President/CEO; Emily Olson, BHP Lead; Xue (Gloria) Yang, HR Recruiter; Shomari Jackson, DFC Project Coordinator; Kimberly Patterson, Senior Team Lead; Kelsey Brisbin, Psych Nurse Practitioner; Not Pictured: Carrie Pastella, BHT; and Shaleen Voelkel, Case Manager.)

(PHOENIX – May 17, 2019) – Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) recently announced its 2018 Employees of the Year. Awards were presented to ten recipients at the organization’s annual awards banquet on April 23rd.

The Employee of the Year Awards recognize individuals in each of SB&H’s program areas. Employees are encouraged to nominate their fellow coworkers who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling SB&H’s mission. From there, a selection committee, comprised of staff from different areas of the organization, chooses the recipients based on their nominations.

“Southwest Behavioral & Health Services’ Employee of the Year award is one of the most highly coveted distinctions our employees have the chance to receive,” said Southwest Behavioral & Health Services CEO Steven Sheets.

Lynda Riford, Marketing Director, added, “I was honored to be a part of the selection process as it is of utmost importance to our organization to recognize those members of our team that each and every day do such exemplary work for our consumers. SB&H wouldn’t be where it is today without employees such as these.”

About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services:

Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services provides services in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. Our Mission: “We inspire people to feel better and reach their potential. Through helping people discover their strengths, we improve our communities.” SB&H offers an array of programs to meet the unique needs of the communities we serve. These include outpatient mental health treatment and psychiatric services including medication monitoring; assistance for persons with addictions; intensive inpatient care for persons in crisis; residential housing, in-home and supported housing services; prevention services, community outreach and school-based counseling; services throughout the lifespan for members with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); and four opioid replacement clinics throughout the state that are working tirelessly to save lives and help alleviate the statewide crisis. More recently, integrated care and value based contracting have been initiated to offer a more flexible and culturally sensitive approach to clients served and resolve the historical challenges of fragmented care. For more information on SB&H, please visit



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