Oakland Mental Health Director Earns State Honor


PONTIAC – Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority Executive Director Jeffrey L. Brown has received the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards’ Hal Madden Outstanding Service Award.

The honor, presended Monday at the organization’s annual conference, recognizes the personal and professional conduct of an individual from within the public mental health system whose lifetime achievements have improved the understanding of mental health disorders, as well as enhance the lives of those who receive services.

“The Hal Madden Award is MACMHB’s highest honor, named after a founding member of our organizations who was a champion of services to persons with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities,” said Michael Vizena, MACMHB executive director. “Jeff is a worthy recipient of this award for not only his contributions in Oakland County, but his advocacy and support for recovery-oriented, person-centered systems of care across the state.”

Beyond his duties at OCCMHA, Brown serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors; treasurer for the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards; Area Agency on Aging 1-B Advisory Council member; and president of Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network.

“Jeff leads with compassion, insight, and understanding,” says OCCMHA Board Member Lois Shulman. “He is in fact viewed by the community as an advocate with exemplary integrity and sincerity.”