Paradigm Awards

Words to Deeds Paradigm Awards Past & Present

Recognizing leaders in criminal justice and mental health who champion efforts to end criminalization of individuals with mental illness by supporting proven strategies that promote early intervention, access to effective treatments, a planned reentry, and the preservation of public safety.

Words to Deeds XI Paradigm Awards, 2017

LAW ENFORCEMENT CHAMPION
TERRI MCDONALD
Chief Probation Officer, Los Angeles County
Presented by Kathryn Jett– Senior Policy Consultant, California Forward

STATE CHAMPION
TINA WOOTON
Manager, Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness; Chair, California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
Presented by Toby Ewing, PhD – Executive Director, California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
CHARLES WALTERS, PhD
Chief Probation Officer, Los Angeles County
Presented by Hon. Stephen Manley – Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court

Words to Deeds X Paradigm Awards, 2016

COUNTY CHAMPION
JACKIE LACEY
District Attorney, Los Angeles County
Presented by Dave Meyer – Professor, USC Institute of Psychiatry and Law

LAW ENFORCEMENT CHAMPION
GEORGE GASCON
District Attorney, San Francisco County
Presented by Jennifer Johnson – Deputy Public Defender, San Francisco County

STATE CHAMPION
BILL BROWN
Sheriff-Coroner, Santa Barbara County
Presented by Martin Ryan – Sheriff-Coroner, Amador County; Immediate Past President, California State Sheriffs' Association

Words to Deeds IX Paradigm Awards, 2015

LEGISLATIVE CHAMPION
SENATOR JIM BEALL
California State Senator
Presented by Judge Stephen Manley - Santa Clara County Superior Court

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CHAMPION
LINDA BOYD, RN, BSM, MN
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Emergency Outreach Bureau
Presented by David Meyer, Esq. - Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Sciences University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

JUDICIAL CHAMPION
JUDGE RICHARD J. LOFTUS, JR.
Santa Clara County Superior Court
Presented by Charles Walters - Council on Mentally Ill Offenders

COUNTY CHAMPION
JO ROBINSON, MFT
Director, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Behavioral Health Services
Presented by Patricia Ryan – California Behavioral Health Directors Association (Retired)

Words to Deeds VIII Paradigm Awards, 2014

COUNTY CHAMPION
SUSAN ADAMS
Marin County Supervisor
Presented by Elizabeth Howard Espinosa – California State Association of Counties

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CHAMPION
MARK REFOWITZ
Director, Orange County Health Care Agency
Presented by Patricia Ryan – California Mental Health Directors Association (Retired)

LAW ENFORCEMENT CHAMPION
NORM HURST
Deputy Chief, San Bernardino Sheriff's Department (Retired)
Presented by Steve Moore – San Joaquin County Sheriff-Coroner

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CHAMPION
LISA RODRIGUEZ
San Diego County Assistant District Attorney
Presented by David Meyer, Esq. - Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Sciences University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Words to Deeds VII Paradigm Awards, 2013

COMMUNITY CHAMPION
MARK GALE
California Treatment Advocacy Coalition
Former Chair, NAMI California Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee and Criminal Justice Workgroup
Presented by Sharon Aungst, Partnership for Community Excellence, California Forward

COUNTY CHAMPION
SCOTT MacDONALD
Santa Cruz County Probation Chief
Presented by Mack Jenkins- Probation Chief San Diego County

LAW ENFORCEMENT CHAMPION
CURTIS HILL
Former San Benito County Sheriff Coroner
Former Executive Officer, California Board of State and Community Corrections
Presented by Adam Christianson - Stanislaus County Sheriff; 1st Vice President, California State Sheriffs' Association

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
DAVID MEYER, ESQ
Clinical Professor and Research Scholar, Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Presented by Patricia Ryan – California Mental Health Directors Association (Retired)

Inaugural Words to Deeds Paradigm Awards, 2013

COMMUNITY CHAMPION
Tona Wakefield, Bringing Our Community Home, Santa Barbara
Presented by Bill Brown - Santa Barbara Sheriff-Coroner

JUDICIAL CHAMPION
Judge Stephen Manley, Santa Clara Superior Court
Presented by Sharon Aungst - Partnership for Community Excellence, California Forward

LAW ENFORCEMENT CHAMPION
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca
Presented by David Meyer, Esq. - Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Sciences University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

STATE CHAMPION
Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
Presented by Pat Ryan - California Mental Health Directors Association

COUNTY CHAMPION
Jennifer Johnson, San Francisco County Public Defender
Presented by David Meyer, Esq. - Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Sciences University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Helen Thomson, State and County Elected Official
Presented by Mike McGowan - Yolo County Supervisor