“Dr. Mowrey has devoted his professional career to many
roles in the public sector: clinician, teacher, intern supervisor and
administrator,” the association’s public sector committee stated in announcing
the award. “He has been extremely active in community outreach through teaching
and support of the National Alliance on Mental
Joining the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage
County in March 2008 as associate director, Dr. Mowrey has had a significant
impact on area services in planning and monitoring mental health and addiction
services in the county, according to the Public Sector Committee of the
association, which has 1,600 members.
Mowrey’s particular support for suicide prevention and
persons with serious mental illness and development disabilities also was cited
by the committee. He became the executive director in July 2012.
“I’m honored to receive this prestigious award and humbled
that receiving it also honors the fine work of the community
members and staff of the Mental Health &
Recovery Board,” said Dr. Mowrey.
“It also demonstrates that local government agencies like
our board, with the help of community partners, can successfully plan and fund
critical local services that benefit citizens,” Mowrey added.
The Mental Health & Recovery
Board plans, funds and monitors public mental health services, addiction
treatment and 24-hour crisis services for Portage County residents. Services
are funded through a network of community agencies: Coleman Professional
Services, Townhall II, Children’s Advantage and Family and Community Services.
Funded mostly by levies, the MHRB has a 1-mill renewal levy on the November
ballot, Issue 3.
Dr. Mowrey traveled to the state Ohio Psychological
Association’s annual conference Nov. 1 to receive the award. A Ph.D. graduate
from Bowling Green State University, Dr. Mowrey is an adjunct assistant
professor of psychology at Kent State and Ashland Universities and an assistant
professor of psychology in psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University
(NEOMED). He currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Akron
Area Professional Psychologists (AAPP).
Mowrey joined the MHRB staff after working as the clinical director for Children’s Advantage, a mental health center for children, teens and families in Portage County. He is well-known to many in Portage County as a professional who focuses on achieving what is best for individuals with mental illness and addictions. A Cuyahoga Falls resident, Mowrey is a licensed clinical psychologist. He completed his internship at Duke University Medical Center.