LEWISTON — Common Ties Mental Health Services was recently awarded the Heroes in the Fight Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Maine and the Eli Lilly Company. In a statewide competition, Common Ties was recognized with the treatment team award, an award which celebrates dignity, courage, hope and recovery for people who have a mental health illness.

Kenneth Albert, III, Esq., president of the board of the agency, said, “The people who comprise Common Ties Mental Heath Services simply could not be a more deserving team. They are individually and collectively heroes in the fight. The entire staff, leadership team and directors are extremely dedicated to a mission of celebrating extraordinary lives”.

Attending the awards ceremony from Common Ties were Mikki Swift, Jessica Therrien, Crystal LaBreck, Ray Benjamin, Lisa Dumont, Deana Albert, Ken Albert, Beth Flynn, Victor Greenwood, Lynette Ekstrand and Craig Phillips

Craig Phillips, executive director, accepted the award on behalf of the employees and board of Common Ties, acknowledging the importance of the mission to individuals and the community.

Common Ties currently participates in projects to promote the management of chronic health conditions for people who have a mental health illness, to promote employment and to integrate behavioral health and primary care services. Common Ties Mental Health is a member agency of the United Way of Androscoggin County and is a member of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on Common Ties Mental Health, call 795-6710, visit the agency at www.commonties.org, 100 Pine Street or 140 Canal Street or e-mail [email protected]

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