A pioneer in community-based recovery services, Mark Ragins received USPRA's award for his lifetime achievements.
Ragins is the medical director of the Village in Long Beach, Cal, which has developed successful programs for engaging people who are homeless, or otherwise at risk, in the recovery process. The 20-year old program has become a model for treatment, self-help, and community engagement. Rosalynn Carter described it as one of the best models in her recent book, Within Our Reach.
Ragins regularly speaks, writes, and trains other professionals about creating engagement and collaboration as a tool for recovery. His writings, including a discussion of the evolution of his own thinking, are available at the MHA Village website.
The award, named after John Beard, an earlier pioneer in developing community programs in New York where he was director of New York's Fountain House, the earliest club house in what is now an international movement..