Fellowship Place Board Member, Daniel Koenigsberg, MD, awarded 2012 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: June 25, 2012

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has honored Fellowship Place Board Member, Daniel Koenigsberg, MD, as a recipient of their 2012 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. He is recognized for his substantial contributions to NAMI activities in providing treatment to those with mental illness, educating families and the public about mental illness, and his efforts to eliminate prejudice and discrimination for those with mental illness. One of 15 Psychiatrists honored, and the only one from Connecticut, Dr. Koenigsberg received the honor at a special ceremony during the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2012.

Dr. Koenigsberg is the Former Chairman of the Dept. of Psychiatry at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, CT and Associate Clinical Professor, Yale Medical School. As a member of the Board of Directors of Fellowship Place, a non-profit that provides psychosocial rehabilitation services and supported housing for adults with chronic mental illness, Dr. Koenigsberg has served on numerous Board committees as both Chair and member. He is a strong advocate for community based mental health programs and has worked with other members of the Fellowship Board to preserve state funding for supported housing, access to medication, and other services. “We are proud of his contributions as a member of our Board,” states Fellowship Place Executive Director, Mary A. Guerrera, “his tireless efforts in our community to improve the quality of life for those with mental illness, and his dedication to educating family members and the public about mental illness.”

“I was pleased to be acknowledged by the preeminent mental health patient advocacy group in the US at its annual meeting in Washington DC,” says Dr. Koenigsberg, “having spent a career developing programs for the mentally ill and promoting access to care more broadly, it was particularly gratifying to be recognized by this distinguished organization.”
According to the NAMI Connecticut website, NAMI is ”the nation’s leading grassroots family and consumer organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with serious mental illnesses and their families…NAMI-CT is now the strongest family and consumer organization in the state, serving thousands of people and promoting community health and awareness.”

For over a half century Fellowship Place has provided critical services to adults suffering from chronic mental illness in our community. On a campus setting in downtown New Haven, nearly 600 people are served annually. We are the only agency of its kind in the greater New Haven area supporting the severely mentally ill population 7 days a week, 365 days per year, offering a comprehensive program of supportive services that include Employment Services, Supported Housing, Supported Education, Social Rehabilitation, Homeless Engagement and CREST, an alternative to incarceration program. For more information about Fellowship Place, please visit www.fellowshipplace.org or contact Melissa Holroyd, Development Director, (203) 401-4227 x1211 or mholroyd@fellowshipplace.org.

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