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Merakey was well represented at the 2020 Greater Philadelphia Innovation Awards held on January 23 at the Independence Blue Cross building in Philadelphia. The 2020 Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Awards celebrates Greater Philadelphia Social Innovators. Merakey congratulates Mike Barton, executive vice president and managing director of behavioral health, for winning the Community Behavioral Health Innovator Award!

Last month, Merakey employees were asked to vote for their colleagues, Mike Barton and Dr. Raymond Bobb, medical director at Merakey Parkside Recovery. Mike was honored to accept the award and to be recognized for being part of significant changes in the city during the last 31 years. As a reminder, Mike was nominated for the following contributions to addiction and treatment:

Mike’s team is changing how addiction is treated in Philadelphia. In response to the opioid epidemic, Merakey’s Parkside Recovery program has transformed to provide truly integrated care. From mobile services in the encampments in Kensington and throughout Philly, to on-site Medication Assisted Treatment combined with individual and group therapy, job coaching/placement services, and on-site child supervision, Mike’s team is caring for the whole-person and the whole-family. caring for the whole-person and the whole-family. Mike’s visionary leadership has made the Parkside Recovery transformation possible.

Congratulations to Mike on this well-deserved award and to Dr. Bobb for being nominated as a leader in supporting and providing quality treatment to all who enter Merakey Parkside Recovery. Merakey is proud of all their accomplishments in finding solutions to a growing challenge.

Special thanks go to all Merakey employees, families, and friends for voting and supporting their colleagues.