Dean receives Michael Prestera award of excellence

August 2, 2018

Christopher Dean recieved the Michael Prestera Award of Excellence on July 24. Dean is an attorney and has helped to establish a treatment facility, Marie's Place, in Wayne County.

HUNTINGTON—Members of the Prestera Center Board of Directors have announced Christopher Dean is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Michael Prestera Award of Excellence.

The nomination is made by a number of Prestera Center employees in recognition of his contributions to the mental health and substance use fields. He is an attorney and works as the Western Regional Day Report Center Director and the WV Supreme Court of Appeals Mental Hygiene Commissioner for Cabell County.

Dean is known as an advocate for increasing access to behavioral health treatment services through partnerships. He is a valuable partner on justice reinvestment programs. These programs help transition adults from the regional jail into the community through treatment and support.

Dean has been instrumental in establishing “Marie’s Place”, a long-term substance use recovery home in Wayne County. He is a highly respected mental hygiene commissioner for Cabell County.

The Michael Prestera Award of Excellence was presented to Christopher Dean at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors held on Tuesday, July 24.

Dean joins a list of distinguished advocates that have been awarded the Michael

Prestera Award, including, Dr. Mildred Mitchell Bateman, US Senator Joe Manchin, former WV House Delegate Don Perdue, former US Attorney Booth Goodwin, former CEO at Prestera Center Bob Hansen and current CEO Karen Yost.

Prestera Center is “Leading the Way” and celebrating 51 years of quality behavioral health and addiction recovery services at over fifty different locations across nine counties in West Virginia.

Each year, Prestera Center’s 750 staff members provide care to over sixteen thousand adults, children and families, regardless of ability to pay.

For more information on Prestera Center, visit online at www.prestera.org.

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