The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is
pleased to announce that Ralph Lieblich, will receive the MHA Spirit
Award on Thursday, October 17 at the Metropolis Country Club in White
Plains. The annual event benefits and builds mental health services in
Westchester. The Spirit Award recognizes an individual who gives
tirelessly of his or her time and talent to MHA and the people we serve,
demonstrating leadership and compassion.
Soon after retiring, Mr. Lieblich chanced on an article in AARP Magazine about the Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program (LTCOP) and was both impressed and intrigued. Upon investigation, he found there was a local LTCOP just one town over housed at MHA Westchester. Soon, Ralph signed up for the training and received an assignment. It is a commitment he has honored for more than a decade.
Margaret Hadad, Director of the LTCOP program, chose Ralph for this honor because “he has the special skills an ombudsman needs to have. We call it ‘the spirit of an ombudsman’, which includes qualities Ralph possesses in spades - kindness, compassion and the ability to listen well.”
Passionate about reading, with a particular interest in American and European global politics and history, Ralph presides over a home library of more than 460 books. He and his wife, Peri, live in Irvington and have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Also being honored at the event are Andrew Solomon, winner of the National Book Award for Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity; Dr. Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Director, Center for Practice Innovations, NYSPI, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Willa Brody, Director of Government and Community Relations, New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
MHA is a community-based mental health agency that has been helping Westchester County residents for 67 years through direct services, professional and community education and advocacy. MHA supports 18,000 individuals annually through a comprehensive array of mental health services for all ages at licensed mental health clinics, and to best meet each individual’s need, at home or at a community location. MHA’s belief that every individual can and will recover is at the core of its mission.
For more information, contact Constance Moustakas at 914-345-5900 ext. 7511 or write firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about MHA, visit www.mhawestchester.org.