Mountain Plains MHTTC Co- Project Director, Dennis Mohatt Receives Award
2019 SCRA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology Award
Dennis Mohatt has made substantial contributions to community psychology practice. He has served in numerous community mental health leadership, advocacy, advisory, and activist roles, at the community, state, and federal levels. Mr. Mohatt’s work has had a meaningful impact on a national scope, and these roles have included serving as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health, Deputy Director for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and, currently, Vice President for Behavioral Health for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Mental Health Program. His work has addressed rural mental health and facilitating the creation of rural mental health services, advocating for the needs of rural communities, and developing administrative and service strategies in various organizations. Additionally, Mr. Mohatt has contributed to the field through his research and scholarship that on developing collaborative community-based solutions and community-centered preventive strategies to address the needs of many community groups, including veterans, college students, rural youth, and behavioral health care providers. His work in consultation and social policy has made significant meaningful impacts on a broad geographical scope to assist others in developing innovative service models and implement creative workforce development programs. Mr. Mohatt’s work exemplifies the integration of community psychology principles and values into community practice.
The full list of 2019 award recipients will be posted on the SCRA website. They will also be included in the next issue of The Community Psychologist and will be formally presented at the 2019 SCRA Biennial Conference banquet in Chicago.