KENILWORTH, NJ - Austin Eubanks, nationally-recognized speaker in the field of addiction treatment -- and survivor of the Columbine school shooting -- will deliver the keynote address at The Mental Health Association in New Jersey's (MHANJ) 19th annual 'Evening of Excellence', which will be hald on June 19, beginning at 6 p.m. at Galloping Hill Golf Course.

The annual banquet is a key fundraising event for the MHANJ, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults achieve victory over mental illness and substance use disorders through advocacy, education, training, and services. New Jersey State Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, which will shed a light on co-occurring disorders and honor several state leaders and treatment facilities for their excellence and dedication to behavioral health.

As an individual in long-term recovery, Eubanks has dedicated his career to helping individuals who, like him, have also turned to substances following trauma. His spech will focus on the co-occurring nature of mental health and substance use disorders and the importance of seeking help. He has previously shared his expert commentary on Face The Nation, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, Ted Talks and CNN.

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During the event, three individuals will be honored by the MHANJ for their roles as distinguished behavioral health leaders in New Jersey:

  • William Waldman, MSW, CSWM, former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services and the outgoing Chair of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey Board of Trustees, will receive the 2018 MHANJ Golden Bell Achievement Award
  • Rocky Schwartz, Family Support Coordinator, NJ Parity Coalition, will receive a Leadership Award
  • Robert Gordon, Former NJ Senator, will receive a Leadership Award

The Evening of Excellence will also feature a Spotlight on Excellence in Co-Occurring Treatment, recognizing six treatment facilities for best practices in treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The honorees include: Summit Oaks Hospital, Behavioral Crossroads, CarePlus NJ, Carrier Clinic, CPC Behavioral Healthcare, and New Hope Integrated Behavioral Healthcare.

The event will feature a silent auction and a networking hour with heavy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer, wine, and soda, and a cash bar. Tickets are available at $150 and preregistration is required. To register or for more information, visit mhanj.salsalabs.org or contact Kate Koskie at 973-571-4100, ext. 123.

Galloping Hill Golf Course is located at 3 Golf Drive in Kenilworth.