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2016 Voice Award Winners

Meet the 2016 Voice Award winners whose work and personal stories of recovery are educating the public about behavioral health.

2016 Award Winners

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SAMHSA Special Recognition

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard

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Kristen Bell is an actress and philanthropist who is passionate about using her platform to effect change. She is well-known for her willingness to speak out and take action on animal rights, protecting the environment, and fighting childhood hunger. She is also dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of seeking help for mental health conditions. Kristen has spoken out about her own experience with depression and anxiety, saying there should be no shame in routine mental health check-ups.

Adding to her fight to eliminate negative perceptions of mental health conditions and addiction, Kristen has opened up about her husband, Dax Shepard’s, recovery and how seeing the world through his eyes has changed her perspective and given her even more motivation to help others who are facing addiction.

Kristen is currently filming the NBC series “The Good Place,” which premieres this fall. She also will appear in the upcoming 2017 Warner Bros. film adaptation of CHiPS opposite Dax, who also directed.

Dax Shepard is an actor, comedian, writer, and director best known for his work in the feature films Without a Paddle (2004), Idiocracy (2006), and Employee of the Month (2006), as well as his portrayal of Crosby Braverman for six seasons on the Voice Award-winning and hit NBC series “Parenthood.” Dax’s feature film, CHiPS, which he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in, will be in theaters in 2017.

Dax has been candid about his struggles with addiction and the impact of childhood trauma, as well as his recovery journey. By speaking out about his past experiences and sharing his story, Dax hopes to reduce the blame and shame often associated with these issues and encourage others to seek the services and supports they deserve.

Dax and Kristen are committed to helping each other through mutual support in order to live well and continue on their paths to recovery.

Watch Kristen’s and Dax’s video acceptance.

Jackson-Brown Family

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Yashi Brown is a Sony Music recording artist, a lecturer, poet, and activist in the national mental health community. At 24 years old, she was treated at UCLA for a mental illness that later was diagnosed as bipolar disorder. Yashi’s story has been the subject of media outlets such as Fox, ABC, CNN, and the Huffington Post. She performs and holds poetry workshops in schools and psychiatric facilities and is board treasurer for Project Return Peer Support Network, the largest peer support association of its kind in Los Angeles County. Yashi was part of President Obama’s 2013 National Conference on Mental Health. Her latest book of poetry, “Black Daisy in a White Limousine,” is a self-portrait of her journey as a young lady growing into womanhood while dealing with the unfamiliar, conflicting emotions of bipolar disorder and others’ perceptions.

Today, with direction from medical professionals combined with love from family and friends and her own deep spirituality, she is managing her disorder with vigor and success.

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Rebbie Jackson-Brown, a talented entertainer from a musical family and a well-known recording artist, lends her voice in bringing awareness to behavioral health issues such as bipolar disorder and suicide. She initially discussed her daughter’s mental health diagnosis with Barbara Walters and her panel on The View, followed by the TODAY show and countless other programs. She continues to perform live and has held shows in support of suicide prevention.

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Stacy Brown-Salas was a label-mate in her sister Yashi’s venture with Sony Music, and led the initial intervention of her sister’s crisis. Stacy’s advice to seek treatment at UCLA Neuropsychiatry proved invaluable. Rather than submit to feelings of powerlessness, she encouraged Yashi to write poems that other patients could relate to. Stacy is involved in faith-based activities and is a stay-at-home mom for her 11-year-son son, London.

Yashi, Rebbie, and Stacy share a deep concern and compassion for the millions of individuals with bipolar disorder. They are determined to spread the word so that more people receive help early and have the best opportunity for recovery.

Watch the Jackson-Brown family’s acceptance remarks.

Reiner Family

The Reiner family has been committed to recovery since Nick was 15 years old. After what Nick labels “a lot of dark years” that involved rotating in and out of rehab centers and times of homelessness, he sought a replacement for substances by co-writing a screenplay with Matt Elisofon, whom he met in rehab. Being Charlie, which Rob eventually directed, tells the story of a young man living with drug addiction and his difficult path to recovery.

Both painful and deeply personal for the entire family, the overall experience of making Being Charlie was also unifying. Along with being cathartic, the act of writing brought Nick closer to his family as he began to recognize what they had gone through in his years of drug use and rehab. Likewise, directing the film gave Rob a new understanding of what his son had experienced.

In addition to working together on the set, Rob and Nick have shared and spoken candidly about their family journey and the issues of addiction and recovery.

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Rob Reiner first came to fame as an actor in the landmark television series “All In the Family,” going on to become an acclaimed director. His work ranges from the pure comedy of This Is Spinal Tap and The Princess Bride to the intense drama of Stand by Me, Misery, A Few Good Men, and Ghosts of Mississippi; from the romantic comedy of When Harry Met Sally, The American President, and Flipped to the poignant comedy-dramas, The Bucket List and And So It Goes. Reiner currently is in production on LBJ.

Reiner is also a committed social activist. In 1998, he led a campaign to generate billions of dollars for early childhood development. He went on to chair the California Children and Families Commission (First 5) for seven years. Recently, he and his wife, Michele, helped form the American Foundation for Equal Rights to support marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

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Nick Reiner grew up in Los Angeles. As a teenager, he was relocated to rehab facilities across the country and by the time he turned 18, he had been to programs in eight states. The time Nick spent in rehab was a stark contrast to his upbringing as part of a famous show business family, and gave him unique insight into the human condition that he channeled into writing. The lifelong film lover admits to aspirations of directing or producing, though he is focused for now on writing.

Watch the Reiner family’s acceptance remarks.

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Lifetime Achievement

Staglin Family

When Shari and Garen Staglin’s son, Brandon, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1990, they realized that advancements in scientific research were vital to understanding mental illness. Rather than wait for a miracle, they started a non-profit organization to raise funds for mental health research. With treatment and family support, Brandon was able to recover and since 1995 the Staglin family has been “changing the landscape from the Napa Valley to Washington, D.C. with sensational fundraisers on behalf of national mental health research.” (LuxLife, November/December 2008)

The family founded the Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, California. Actively involved in the wine industry for 30 years, the Staglins live by the motto of “Great Wine for Great Causes” and through the operation of their winery and business interests, they have raised and donated more than $875 million in the last 20 years to support a variety of charitable causes.

Over the same period, IMHRO (One Mind Institute), an international mental health research organization, and the Staglins’ Music Festival for Mental Health (now Music Festival for Brain Health) event have raised over $225 million for mental health charities and research alone.

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Garen Staglin is the co-founder and chairman of One Mind; co-founder, president, and trustee of IMHRO/One Mind Institute; co-founder and director emeritus of Bring Change 2 Mind; and public relations manager of the Staglin Family Vineyard.

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Shari Staglin is a co-founder and trustee of One Mind; the co-founder, founding president, and trustee of the IMHRO/One Mind Institute; co-founder and director emeritus of Bring Change 2 Mind; and CEO of the Staglin Family Vineyard. With Garen and Brandon, she is also the founder of the Staglins’ Music Festival for Mental Health event.

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Brandon Staglin is director of marketing communications for both the Staglin Family Vineyard and IMHRO, and serves on the Board of Directors of One Mind and IMHRO/One Mind Institute.


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Shannon Staglin is president at the Staglin Family Vineyard and has been fundamental to the success of the Staglins’ Music Festival for Brain Health.


Watch the Staglin family’s acceptance remarks.

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Consumer/Peer/Family Leadership

Sheldon Hill

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Sheldon Hill is a youth mentor, motivational speaker, and president/CEO of S D Hill L3C, a community service organization dedicated to serving low-income and other individuals needing coaching and support for recovery from addictions and other associated conditions. As someone in recovery from alcohol and other substance misuse, Sheldon uses knowledge and experiences from his own life to give back to his community and change lives.

In addition to giving dynamic presentations to adults in recovery, social workers, therapists, case management teams, law enforcement officials, and at-risk youth, Sheldon leads after-school programs for Detroit Public Schools and numerous other sites throughout Wayne County. He also works with the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Authority, Detroit Wayne Faith Based Coalition, City Wide Mentoring, and the From Felons to Professionals program.

An experienced and certified prevention specialist, Sheldon’s affiliations include the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Certified Peer Support Specialist Program, the Inkster Public Schools Weed and Seed, and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Training Unit. Sheldon also is a Consumer Family Advocate Council board member and a Wayne County Consumer Family Planning Council board member, as well as a member of the Proud Father Program.

Sheldon’s honors include the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; an award from the United States House of Representatives; and awards from the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance Law Enforcement Mental Health Awareness committee, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Training Unit, and the City of Westland, Office of the Mayor.

Watch Sheldon Hill’s acceptance remarks.

Tiffany Hunsley

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Tiffany Hunsley leads a life of long-term recovery and is a mother of four. She is the founder and executive director of Recovery Is Happening, a recovery community organization that envisions a place where long-term recovery is effectively supported, integrated, and nurtured.

Tiffany’s work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Alcohol and Other Drugs Project has helped identify ways to improve court-related performance and outcomes for children and families involved in child protection court proceedings. Her successful reunification with her children is a reminder of the overarching goal of the child protection system—to reunify parents and children when it is safe to do so.

Tiffany knows that peer recovery support is vital for long-term recovery. Recovery Is Happening enhances recovery-oriented systems of care by creating a peer support recovery program for parents whose lives have been affected by alcohol and other drug addictions. Parent Recovery Partners—trained parents who already have navigated through recovery, child welfare, chemical health, and court systems—are there to mentor, advocate for, educate, and empower other parents currently in or seeking recovery.

As a parent leader, Tiffany is working as part of the Olmsted County, MN, Executive Steering Committee for Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project Dissemination and Implementation and the Think Families Grant Project. She also is part of the Prenatal Exposure workgroup to develop a child welfare and child protection response for statewide implementation to recommend best practices, protocols, and services for pregnant women who are using alcohol or controlled substances.

Watch Tiffany Hunsley’s acceptance remarks.

Julie Magers

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Julie Magers is a full-time family partner and advocacy coach, serving families of children with behavioral and emotional challenges. She discovered her passion for partnering with families as a result of her own experiences with a fragmented children’s mental health system.

While her family had very positive outcomes due in part to her knowledge of health systems, her persistent advocacy skills, and an informed natural support network, Julie was deeply saddened that other families were mourning losses of their teenage children to suicide. This led her to become a fierce advocate, dedicating her career to developing resources, tools, educational workshops, and networks for parents so that they too could see their children through hard times and into recovery.

Julie is the very proud mother of a son and daughter, both in their twenties. She holds an advanced black belt in karate and teaches women and children self-defense. Julie also is a state trainer in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Basics class for families and currently works in the Portland metro and coastal northwest areas of Oregon.

Watch Julie Magers’ acceptance remarks.

Ted Streuli

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Ted Streuli founded the Colby Foundation to promote public awareness of issues related to mental illness, motivated by the July 2013 deaths of his 28-year-old son, Colby, who lived with schizophrenia and paranoia, and his sister-in-law Sara Whiteaker, who lived with bipolar disorder.

A career newspaper reporter and editor, Ted has used his media access and community visibility to bring mental illness to the forefront of public conversation through public events, speaking engagements, and the media with proceeds donated to local nonprofit service providers. Events have included the Open Minds Art Show, a juried show open to artists with a mental illness; “Freeze Your Face-Off” 5K runs that allow runners to participate in three mental illness simulations while on the racecourse; and a Leadership Oklahoma forum that brought hundreds of Oklahoma’s civic, business, and political leaders together to learn about state-specific issues facing service providers and those with a mental illness.

Originally from San Francisco, Ted now resides in Edmond, OK, with his wife, Betsey, and sons Raymond, age 9, and Ryland, age 6. His adult daughter, Kaitlin, lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Ted is the editor of the Journal Record, an award-winning daily business newspaper, and appears weekly on Oklahoma’s public television network. He serves on the boards of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Oklahoma, Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Press Association, and Leadership Oklahoma.

Watch Ted Streuli’s acceptance remarks.

Sally Zinman

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Sally Zinman has been a pioneer of the mental health peer movement since the mid-1970s. She founded the Mental Patients’ Rights Association in 1977, a client-run organization that operated an all-volunteer community center in West Palm Beach, FL. In 1983, she co-founded the California Network of Mental Health Clients, the first statewide consumer-run advocacy organization in the country. Sally went on to help establish the Berkeley Drop-In Center, one of the first funded consumer-run drop-in centers in the country, in 1985.

In 1986, Sally co-edited and wrote articles for Reaching Across: Mental Health Clients Helping Each Other. Mental health clients and professionals throughout the country have used this book as a manual for understanding and starting self-help programs. She also co-edited and wrote articles for the book’s sequel published in 1994, Reaching Across II: Maintaining Our Roots/The Challenge of Growth.

Currently, Sally is the executive director of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations, a statewide organization that provides advocacy, outreach, and training services to California’s consumer community. She remains committed to working for self-determination, choice, and empowerment of all people with mental health challenges.

Watch Sally Zinman’s acceptance remarks.

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Young Adult Leadership

Joshua Calarino

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Joshua Calarino is a lead peer specialist and youth leader. He served on the Youth M.O.V.E. Miami Executive Board of Officers as vice president in 2014, and he currently serves on the board of directors for Youth M.O.V.E. National. In his role as a youth leader in the community, Joshua represents youth voice for the system of care expansion grant Beyond Empowerment, under the South Florida Behavioral Health Network. Joshua also plays an integral role in providing youth leadership programming at the Federation of Families of Miami-Dade Chapter Inc., and the Youth and Family Center.

During Joshua’s term as vice president, Youth M.O.V.E. Miami was awarded the Youth M.O.V.E. National Rockstar Chapter of the Year Award in 2014. His experience includes presenting at national conferences, such as the Georgetown Training Institutes. As a national youth representative from Youth M.O.V.E. National on the Got Transitions National Young Adult Transition Advisory Group, Joshua infuses youth voice into the work of Got Transitions future plans, tool development, and resource dissemination. He also works to expand the availability of high-quality health care transition services in pediatric and adult health care practices and health policies.

Through his experience at Youth M.O.V.E. Miami, Joshua learned to have a voice, speak out, and be a leader. In the future, he wants to continue to advocate for youth to have the same platform to speak and be heard as he does.

Watch Joshua Calarino’s acceptance remarks.

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Being Charlie

Based on director Rob Reiner’s son’s struggle with addiction, Being Charlie follows Charlie (Nick Robinson), a troublesome 18-year-old from a privileged background who breaks out of a youth addiction treatment clinic and returns home, only to be confronted by an intervention set up by his parents. His father, David (Cary Elwes), offers a tough-love approach driven by the fear of Charlie’s behavior ruining his campaign for California governor. His mother, Liseanne (Susan Misner), argues unsuccessfully for a bit more understanding and compassion for him. Charlie finally learns to take responsibility for his own recovery journey despite the distractions of his divided parents and a complicated relationship with a girl who also is trying to get and stay on a path of recovery.

Writers: Matt Elisofon, Nick Reiner

Producers: Charles Arthur Berg, Johnson Chan, Blythe Frank, Simon Goldberg, Alan Greisman, Lucas Jarach, Rob Reiner, Stephanie Rennie, Lisa Reppert, Vincent Reppert, Douglas Shaffer, Tamanna Shah, Nicolas Veinberg

Director: Rob Reiner

Watch the Reiner family’s, Matt Elisofon’s (writer), and Johnson Chan’s (producer) acceptance remarks.

The Dark Horse

Based on a true story, The Dark Horse is an uplifting portrait of a man living with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder who is searching for the courage to lead. Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis) is a brilliant but struggling chess champion from New Zealand. After years in and out of mental health treatment facilities, Genesis is released into the care of his estranged brother Ariki (Wayne Hapi) and thrust into a volatile gang lifestyle. Seeking to escape the toxic environment, Genesis finds solace by volunteering at the local chess club and sharing his gift with the disadvantaged Māori children of the community. His teaching puts him at odds with his brother when Ariki’s son Mana (James Rolleston) shows more of an interest in chess than in his imminent gang initiation. Genesis’ conflict with his brother and the gang, along with his ongoing experiences with mental illness, threaten to ruin the progress he has made for himself and the young chess players. But the strong bond with Mana and his chess team, as well as an unwavering positivity, lead Genesis to always search for light, even when the world seems at its darkest.

Writer: James Napier Robertson

Producers: Cliff Curtis, Tom Hern, Jim Marbrook, James Napier Robertson, Judith Trye, Timothy White, Sasha Wood, Tim Wood

Director: James Napier Robertson

Watch James Napier Robertson’s (writer, director) and Tom Hern’s (producer) video acceptance as well as Denson Baker’s (cinematographer) acceptance remarks.

Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy presents an unconventional portrait of Brian Wilson (Paul Dano and John Cusack),the singer, songwriter, and leader of The Beach Boys, and his experiences living with mental illness and addiction. Set against the era-defining catalog of Brian’s music, which represents attempts to translate the sounds in his head, the film explores his darkest hours, including abuse by his father, auditory hallucinations sparked by substance use, and oppressive control by his pseudo-manager and therapist Dr. Landy (Paul Giamatti). It also tells the story of Brian and his wife, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks), who provides him with the love and support he needs in his career and personal life. The biopic presents an intimate examination of the personal voyage and ultimate salvation of the icon whose success came at extraordinary personal cost.

Writer: Michael A. Lerner, Oren Moverman, Brian Wilson

Producers: Jim Lefkowitz, Oren Moverman, Bill Pohlad, Claire Rudnick Polstein, Ann Ruark, John Wells

Director: Bill Pohlad

Watch Claire Rudnick Polstein’s (producer) acceptance remarks.

Touched with Fire

Inspired by director Paul Dalio’s own experiences with mental illness, Touched with Fire follows Carla (Katie Holmes) and Marco (Luke Kirby), two aspiring poets living with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. When they meet in a mental health treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense, pushing each other’s emotional extremes to new heights and complicating their supportive parents’ efforts to keep them well. Driven by a deep and growing passion that brings emotional highs and lows, Carla and Marco reach a crossroads and ultimately must choose their own paths of recovery.

Writers: Paul Dalio

Producers: Jeremy Alter, Katie Holmes, Avy Kaufman, Spike Lee, Kristina Nikolova, Jason Sokoloff

Director: Paul Dalio

Watch Luke Kirby’s (actor) acceptance remarks.

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Blue Bloods

“With Friends Like These” (Season 6, Episode 4)

Officers Jamie (Will Estes) and Eddie (Vanessa Ray) try to help Jenny (Anna Baryshnikov), a woman living with mental illness. But when they visit Jenny’s psychiatric case officer to investigate why she has not received more services and supports, the case officer blames it on a lack of resources in both her department and in the New York City Police Department. The case officer further explains that first responders do not receive sufficient training to handle emergency situations involving people with mental illness. When Jamie finally finds services for Jenny at an inpatient mental health facility, he and Eddie learn that she died by suicide the night before. This leads Jamie to approach his father and police commissioner, Frank (Tom Selleck), to suggest creating a committee of government employees and police officers who can receive the proper training to engage people with mental illness who are in emergency situations.

Writers: Ian Biederman, Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green

Producers: David Barrett, Ian Biederman, Peter Blauner, Brian Burns, Siobhan Byrne O’Connor, Shannon Fogarty, Leonard Goldberg, Bryan Goluboff, John Mabry, James Nuciforo, Jane Raab, Jaime Toporovich, Daniel Truly, Kevin Wade

Directors: Heather Cappiello

Watch Heather Cappiello’s (director) and Ian Biederman’s (writer) acceptance remarks.

The Carmichael Show

“The Blues” (Season 2, Episode 8)

The episode begins with Cynthia (Loretta Devine) crying alone in the kitchen. She describes her symptoms as just “the blues” to the family, but Maxine (Amber Stevens West), who studies psychology, thinks it may actually be depression and encourages Cynthia to consult a therapist. Cynthia and the entire family discuss how to better understand what she is experiencing and provide the support she needs. Common prejudices about mental health contribute to Cynthia’s belief that depression is not a real illness. After the family urges her to try therapy, Cynthia discovers that getting help is OK, and that talking openly about depression and mental health actually makes her feel better.

Writers: Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, Willie Hunter, Andy Lee, Yassir Lester, Nicholas Stoller

Producers: Jerrod Carmichael, Aeysha Carr, Hunter Covington, Frank M. Garritano, Laura Gutin, Tony Hicks, Ari Katcher, Mike Scully, Nicholas Stoller

Directors: Gerry Cohen

Watch Willie Hunter’s (writer) acceptance remarks.


Bipolar Disorder and Recovery Storyline (Season 2)

Andre’s (Trai Byers) experiences with bipolar disorder continue as his father Lucious (Terrence Howard) begins having flashbacks to his own childhood, recalling that his mother also lived with mental illness. As Lucious tries to work through the pain of growing up with his mother’s physical abuse and misunderstood condition, he becomes more distant from Andre. Andre hopes the news that he is going to be a father will bring them closer together, but the pain of Lucious’ past forces them apart again. After Andre’s wife, Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday) loses their unborn baby in an accident, Andre is devastated. His brothers, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett), immediately show their support for him and his grieving family. Andre then learns that his grandmother is still alive and has been living in a psychiatric hospital. Angry at his father for hiding the truth, Andre takes the initiative to bring her home to reunite with the family.

Writers: Joshua Allen, Wendy Calhoun, Ilene Chaiken, Lee Daniels, Ayanna Floyd, Eric Haywood, Janeika James, JaSheika Ashel James, Attica Locke, Carlito Rodriguez, Jamie Rosengard, Malcolm Spellman, Danny Strong

Producers: Jessica Badenoch, Francie Calfo, Wendy Calhoun, Ilene Chaiken, Lee Daniels, Ingrid Escajeda, Ayanna Floyd, Loucas George, Sanaa Hamri, Eric Haywood, Richard S. Lederer, Attica Locke, Robert Munic, Michelle Rubinstein, Malcolm Spellman, Danny Strong

Directors: Paris Barclay, Kevin Bray, Craig Brewer, Cherien Dabis, Michael Engler, Sanaa Hamri, Paul McCrane, Dee Rees, Millicent Shelton, Danny Strong

Watch Joshua Allen’s (writer) acceptance remarks.

Madam Secretary

“Invasive Species” (Season 2, Episode 13)

When Henry (Tim Daly) goes home after his father’s death, he learns from the coroner that the cause of death was suicide. He breaks the news to his brothers and sisters, who beg him to keep the suicide a secret. They fear that Henry, due to his public visibility as the spouse of Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni), will cause a national scandal and bring humiliation to their family. Henry initially agrees, but then his children uncover that their grandfather was involved in a financial scandal. This discovery helps Henry better understand the pain and shame that his father endured, and motivates him to strengthen their family bond by grieving and moving forward together.

Writers: Barbara Hall, Moira Kirland, Alexander Maggio

Producers: Alex Cooley, Morgan Freeman, David Grae, Joy Gregory, Barbara Hall, Sam Hoffman, Moira Kirland, Téa Leoni, Lori McCreary, Tracy Mercer, Tony Palermo, Tony Phelan, Sheila Phillips, Joan Rater, Eric Stoltz, Matt Ward

Watch Moira Kirland’s (writer, co-executive producer) acceptance remarks.

Directors: Tony Phelan


Addiction and Peer Support Storyline (Season 3)

When Jodi (Emily Osment), a teenager living with addiction, shows up at an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting, Christy (Anna Faris) and Bonnie (Allison Janney) jump at the chance to help her. After they get Jodi back on her feet, they find themselves inspired by the feeling of helping others. However, when they receive the shocking news that Jodi relapsed and died of a drug overdose while with her boyfriend Travis (Jesse Luken), they are devastated. Christy, who had been Jodi’s sponsor and essentially her surrogate mother, especially struggles with the news. When Travis shows up at an AA meeting to find support and make amends for his own relapse that played a role in Jodi’s death, Christy struggles to show him the compassion he needs. In the end, they all come together to process their grief and share hope for the future.

Writers: Nick Bakay, Gemma Baker, Warren Bell, Sheldon Bull, Adam Chase, Anne Flett-Giordano, Eddie Gorodetsky, Chuck Lorre, Susan McMartin, Alissa Neubauer, Marco Pennette

Producers: Nick Bakay, Gemma Baker, Warren Bell, Joe Bella, Michael Borkow, Sheldon Bull, Adam Chase, Michael Collier, Anne Flett-Giordano, Eddie Gorodetsky, Katie Jones, Toti Levine, Chuck Lorre, Suzanne McCormack, Susan McMartin, Carol Anne Miller, Alissa Neubauer, Jerry O’Sullivan, Marco Pennette, Steven V. Silver

Directors: James Widdoes

Watch Gemma Baker’s (writer, producer) acceptance remarks.


Postpartum Depression and Recovery Storyline (Season 4)

With Juliette’s (Hayden Panettiere) starring role in a Patsy Cline biopic and the birth of her baby, she is at an all-time career high, but is hitting a personal low. When Juliette breaks down during a talk show appearance, it prompts her husband Avery’s (Jonathan Jackson) concern. As she continues a pattern of unusual and selfish behavior, she leaves Avery with little choice other than to file for divorce. Juliette’s manager, Jeff (Oliver Hudson) arranges for a journalist to shadow Juliette on tour, but after another emotional setback, she leans on alcohol and prescription pills to get through her days. After a tragic accident leading to Jeff’s death, Juliette finally realizes that she needs help. When she returns to Nashville after receiving treatment for postpartum depression, she finds herself at a critical crossroads both personally and professionally. Understanding that her experiences are nothing to be ashamed of, Juliette finally opens up about her struggles and begins sharing her story.

Writers: Valerie Chu, Debra Fordham, David Gould, Taylor Hamra, Paul Keables, Callie Khouri, Meredith Lavender, Monica Macer, Ben St. John, Mollie Bickley St. John, Marcie Ulin

Producers: Michael Attanasio, Connie Britton, Steve Buchanan, Tommy Burns, Debra Fordham, David Gould, Dana Greenblatt, Taylor Hamra, Dee Johnson, Callie Khouri, Meredith Lavender, Monica Macer, Geoffrey Nauffts, Randy Nelson, Marcie Ulin

Directors: Stephen Cragg, Joanna Kerns, Callie Khouri, Mike Listo, Michael Lohmann, Lily Mariye, Bethany Rooney, Jean de Segonzac, Jet Wilkinson

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Buried Above Ground

Buried Above Ground presents three Americans living with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): a combat veteran, a lifelong survivor of domestic violence who fights addiction, and a former New Orleans resident who lived through Hurricane Katrina and returns to confront the aftermath. The documentary, filmed over six years, explores not only the symptoms of PTSD but also the many types of trauma survivors living with the condition. These individuals allowed the filmmakers to access and record their therapy sessions, support from family, home lives, and efforts to embrace community, whether through becoming advocates, rebuilding homes and a city, going to college, or repairing relationships.

Writers: Ben Selkow

Producers: Galt Niederhoffer, Joedan Okun, Ben Selkow, Marc Smolowitz

Director: Ben Selkow

Watch Ben Selkow’s (producer, director) acceptance remarks.

Hollywood Beauty Salon

Hollywood Beauty Salon is an inspiring documentary about living with mental illness and addiction, surviving violence and trauma, overcoming loss, finding strength and courage for recovery, and discovering the beauty inside everyone. It tells stories of moving from darkness into hope and light.

The Hollywood Beauty Salon is a tiny beauty parlor tucked inside the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, a nonprofit mental health and substance use treatment facility in northwest Philadelphia. The salon serves a small clientele in profound ways. Men and women undergoing treatment for mental illness and addiction gather there to have their hair done, share stories, and support each other as they rebuild their lives.

Producers: Phil Bradshaw, Chayne Gregg, Glenn Holsten, Sean Maher, Willa Rohrer

Director: Leah Alexandra Goldstein, Glenn Holsten

Watch Glenn Holsten’s (producer, director) and Rachel Carr’s (Hollywood Beauty Salon owner) acceptance remarks.

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Honorable Mention


  • A Brilliant Young Mind
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • Burnt
  • Hope Bridge
  • No Letting Go
  • Room
  • Shelter
  • The End of the Tour
  • The Lady in the Van
  • The Love Effect
  • Time Out of Mind


  • “Call the Midwife” – Addiction Storyline (Season 5)
  • “Chicago Fire” – All Hard Parts (Season 4, Episode 14)
  • “Chicago Med” – PTSD/Recovery Storyline (Season 1)
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” – Addiction/Recovery Storyline (Season 12)
  • “Mercy Street” – Addiction Storyline (Season 1)
  • “NCIS” – Scope (Season 13, Episode 18)
  • “Recovery Road” – Series (Season 1)
  • “The Fosters” – Trauma/Homelessness Storyline (Season 3)
  • “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” – Series (Season 1)
  • “You’re the Worst” – Depression/Anxiety/Recovery Storyline (Season 2)


  • All These Flowers
  • Bass Clef Bliss: Terrence’s Path
  • Breaking the Silence
  • “Frontline”: Chasing Heroin
  • Heroin: Cape Cod, USA
  • He Named Me Malala
  • Hunting in Wartime
  • Life, Animated
  • Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper
  • Opening Minds, Ending Stigma: A Youth’s Perspective
  • Out of Sight
  • Paper Tigers
  • Ride the Tiger
  • The Heroin Project
  • Voices
  • You See Me

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Last Updated: 08/15/2017