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Amy Ortega, parent liaison in the DHS Children’s Mental Health Division, received special recognition from the Minnesota Association of Children's Mental Health (MACMH) at its annual gala February 8, 2013, at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul. Ortega, recipient of MACMH’s Outstanding Services Award in 2002, will be recognized for her dedication and continued leadership in the field of children’s mental health.
“Amy has demonstrated ongoing determination to make the mental health system one that is responsive to the needs of children and families,” the association stated in an announcement. “She has devoted countless hours to ensuring that families have a voice in the system, that families are treated with respect and dignity and that providers know how to partner with them effectively.”
Gary Cox, who is Ortega’s supervisor in the Children’s Mental Health Division, said that anyone who has worked with Amy knows that she is the consummate advocate for parents of children with mental illness.
"With great vigilance over many years, she has taught her colleagues to look at every policy decision from the point of view of parents," he said. "For that we are grateful.”