Nominate a Peer!
There are no forms to complete! Simply send a letter of recommendation or self-nomination to [email protected]

A typical nomination letter includes a paragraph or two summarizing why you believe the person deserves to be considered for the award and should address at least one of the criteria mentioned in the nominated category above (those that are nominated will be asked for more detailed information about the criteria).

CBHA Legislator of the Year Recipients

2019: Senator Anna Caballero
2019: Senator Richard Pan
2018: Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula



Rusty Selix Award of Merit:

2019: Linda Rosenberg, National Council for Behavioral Health
Linda Rosenberg is a national expert in the financing and delivery of mental health and substance services. Under her leadership, the National Council for Behavioral Health has become our nation’s most effective advocate for behavioral health prevention, early intervention, science-based treatment, and recovery. Harnessing the voices of the 10 million adults, children, and families served by the National Council’s 2,500 member organizations, Rosenberg helped secure passage of the federal parity law, expanded integrated behavioral and primary care services, introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S., and built an array of organizational, clinical and workforce improvement initiatives. The National Council’s strong support of the Mental Health Excellence Act will result in the first comprehensive effort to establish community accountability for the health of people with serious mental illnesses and addictions, the consistent utilization of evidence-based practices, and the standardized measurement of outcomes. Rosenberg was Senior Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health prior to joining the National Council. She has over 30 years experience in designing and operating hospitals, community and housing programs, and implemented New York’s first Mental Health Court. Rosenberg serves on an array of boards of directors and is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

2018: Leslie Preston, La Clinica de la Raza
Leslie was a dedicated leader in the mental health community, a former Board member for CBHA, and led CBHA efforts for system improvements over the past few years. She was a warrior for social justice, an amazing intellect, and she will be missed deeply. Leslie attended Columbia Grammar and Prep School, graduated from Bowdoin College, and earned an MSW from the Smith College School for Social Work. Leslie dedicated her life to serving others. She started her career as a case manager for a foster care agency in Brooklyn. After receiving her MSW, she led a mobile crisis program and suicide prevention hotline in Phoenix. She moved to the Bay Area in 1998 to be closer to family and soon began her 19-year tenure with La Clinica de la Raza, a nonprofit community health center headquartered in Oakland. Leslie served as the Director of Behavioral Health, working tirelessly to oversee programs that provided critical prevention and treatment services for thousands of vulnerable East Bay residents. In 2016, the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees honored Leslie with a Common Good Award in recognition of her "extraordinary, profound and sustained commitment to the common good, in the interest of society, with conspicuous disregard for personal gain." In addition to her professional work, Leslie served on the Board of Directors of the Women's Cancer Resource Center and was an active member of the Berkeley Friends Meeting. Leslie loved swimming, gardening, traveling, spending time with family and friends, seeing Broadway musicals, and caring for her cat, Tasmin. Her friends all describe her as unflinchingly loyal, principled and generous.