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Mental Health Partnerships' 21st Annual Bell of Hope Celebration - October 8th, 2020

Mental Health Partnerships (MHP) was founded and continues to thrive, on the basic principle that people with mental health conditions can and do recover because they have the resilience to direct their own journeys in overcoming significant adversity. And while recovery—in all its different forms and paths—is possible for all, there’s a greater chance for recovery in the context of an informed, caring community with family, friends, and peers involved. 

Each year, for the past 21 years, Mental Health Partnerships hosts the Bell of Hope Evening Reception and Award Ceremony.

Each year, for the past 21 years, Mental Health Partnerships hosts the Bell of Hope Evening Reception and Award Ceremony. Mental Health Partnerships' Bell of Hope Award is presented annually to individuals who have made significant and far-reaching contributions to improving the lives of people with mental health and addiction challenges and their family members.

City of Philadelphia, Councilmember Derek S. Green will be recognized with the 2020 Bell of Hope Award at Mental Health Partnerships' 21st Annual Bell of Hope Evening Reception and Award Ceremony.

"Councilmember Green has been an effective champion and advocate for mental health and peer support," says President and CEO, Dr. Adriana Torres-O'Connor. "We look forward to recognizing his many achievements within our communities at this year's Bell of Hope event."

Councilmember Green was instrumental in helping to launch the Mental Health Partnerships' collaborative and innovative Community Autism Peer Specialist (CAPS) program. CAPS provides peer support to autistic youth and adults to help them achieve goals of self-determination and independence.

"As a parent of a child with Autism, I'm particularly proud of the wok that MHP is doing with the CAPS program, and I look forward to its continued success," says Councilmember Green, "I'm honored to be recognized with the Bell of Hope Award."

Biography for Councilmember Derek S. Green, Esquire

In 2015, Councilmember Derek S. Green, Esquire won the Democratic primary for City Council At-Large in Philadelphia by receiving the highest number of votes cast in the election, and, later that year, he was elected as a member of the City Council of Philadelphia. In 2019, he was elected to another term. As a member of City Council, Councilmember Green chairs the Committees on Finance and Disabilities and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Committees on Aging and Law and Government. Additionally, he serves as the Chair of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, Board Director for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Board Director for the Democratic Municipal Officials, Board Director for the National League of Cities, Regional Director for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and 1st Vice President for the Pennsylvania Municipal League. Before his election, Councilmember Green was the Special Counsel to Councilmember Marian B. Tasco. He also served as counsel to the Philadelphia Gas Commission Chair and the Committees on Finance and Public Health and Human Services. Previously, Councilmember Green served as a Deputy City Solicitor in the Housing and Community Development Division of the Corporate Group of the City’s Law Department. Additionally, Councilmember Green’s legal experience includes positions as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the State of Delaware (Securities and Criminal Divisions). Councilmember Green is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey. Before becoming an attorney, he was a consumer and small business lender for Meridian Bank. He is also a graduate of the University of Virginia and Temple University School of Law. Councilmember Green and his wife, Sheila, co-founded the first Autism Support Class at Houston Elementary School to help other Autistic children like their son. To aid other families affected by Autism, they are a top regional fundraiser for Autism Speaks.

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