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Carla Jacobs Receives Šimanek Distinguished Service Award

CHA’s Center for Behavioral Health presented mental health advocate Carla Jacobs with the Šimanek Distinguished Service Award on Dec. 9 during the ninth annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium in Huntington Beach.

Jacobs has served on the National Alliance on Mental Illness national and California boards, was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Task Force on the Incarcerated Mentally Ill, and is a past commissioner of mental health for Los Angeles County. She is also a past Governor’s appointee to the board of directors of Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (now known as Disability Rights), a board member and executive director of the Proxy Parent Foundation, and co-founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center. In California, Jacobs is well known for her efforts in spearheading reform for assisted outpatient treatment, including Laura’s Law.

The Šimanek Distinguished Service Award, named after its first recipient attorney Joe Šimanek, recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in the behavioral health setting.