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Call for Presentations Acceptance Notification: February 4, 2021
Awards Nomination Deadline: February 19, 2021

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2021 National Council Awards of Excellence

The National Council Awards of Excellence are our opportunity to recognize individuals and organizations at the forefront of innovation and dedication to exceptional quality and compassionate care. Recipients represent some of the most prestigious and influential individuals and organizations working to strengthen mental health and addiction treatment and support our communities.

At NatCon21, we will honor the game-changers, innovators and thought leaders who are advancing mental health and addiction treatment. Nominate someone for one of the three awards below:

  • National Council Innovation Award
    In a complex healthcare landscape, mental health and addiction treatment organizations need to think “outside of the box” for creative solutions to challenges faced by staff, patients, families and communities. This award recognizes their innovation and achievements.
  • Peer Specialist of the Year Award
    Great things happen when passion meets purpose. This award recognizes an individual with lived experience who works in health care and uses his or her strengths to help peers on their road to recovery from mental illness.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    This award is in recognition of an individual whose tireless efforts, far-reaching impact and commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable Americans living with mental illnesses and addictions is unmatched.

If you or someone you know qualifies for the National Council Awards of Excellence, apply today by logging in below! All applications are due by Friday, February 19.

NatCon21 Shark Tank brought to you by innovaTel Telepsychiatry

In partnership with innovaTel Telepsychiatry, we are proud to host the second iteration of "Shark Tank," our entrepreneurial competition inspired by the hit ABC television show.

How does it work? During NatCon21, participants will present their technology innovations to a panel of experts for the chance to win $10,000! We are looking for presentations that:

  • Highlight new technologies that represent the future of health care.
  • Illustrate how your innovation is applicable to behavioral health care providers.
  • Demonstrate the potential for improved outcomes.
  • Inspire attendees to apply what they learn to their own organizations.

Don’t miss your chance to share and discover new technology solutions! Submit your proposal by 11:59 p.m. PT (2:59 a.m. ET) on Friday, February 19.

NatCon21 TED and IGNITE Presentations

This is your opportunity to educate and inspire your colleagues from across the country – join our speaker lineup by taking the stage during our Ignite Sessions and TED-style Talks:

  • Ignite Sessions
    Passionate, five-minute presentations on a story, transformative experience or provocative topic designed to educate and inspire.
  • TED-style Talks
    Powerful, 18-minute presentations that will challenge your mindset, supercharge your personal and professional goals, and invite you to act.

Ready to energize and empower your peers during two of our event’s most popular learning sessions? Apply to be an Ignite Session or TED-style Talk by Friday, February 19.

NatCon21 Call for Presentations

The NatCon21 Call for Presentations closed on December 18, 2020. Notifications were sent to proposal submitters on February 4, 2021.

2021 Mental Health First Aid Instructor Summit Call for Presentations

The 2021 Mental Health First Aid Instructor Summit Call for Presentations closed on December 30, 2021. Notifications will be sent to proposal submitters in February 2021. 

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