The Ed Comer Award was established in 2008 by the Ohio Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) in Mental Illness (MI)/Intellectual Disability (ID). The award is named for Mr. Ed Comer who provided program administration for the Ohio CCOE from its inception until his retirement in April of 2008. The award is presented to individuals who make extraordinary contributions in the field of mental illness and intellectual disabilities by motivating systems of care to work together, by establishing training programs to expand skills and confidence for those who work in the field, by insisting that more clinical services are necessary to maintain individuals with dual diagnosis in their home communities, and/or by promoting more research efforts in the field of dual diagnosis. The award recipient should be a primary source of motivation, collegiality, advice, and collaboration for dual diagnosis systems and/or individuals in the state of Ohio. The award is presented on behalf of all of those individuals whose lives have been improved by these efforts.
This year’s recipient of the Ed Comer Award for Excellence in Service to Individuals with Co-occurring MI/ID is Ms. Tina Evans. Tina is the state & federal grants & special projects for multi-system youth & families.
Tina leads & supervises a team that focuses on youth & adults with complex behavioral support needs, supporting families & improving outcomes. She is a master collaborator and has brought many systems and organizations together, including the Ohio Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), to oversee Ohio’s Trauma-Informed Care Initiative. She has overseen the Supporting Families Community of Practice Project, directed the National Core Indicators Quality Measures Project, and administered Ohio’s Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability Coordinating Center of Excellence (MI/ID CCOE) & Telepsychiatry Project for ID. Tina represents DODD on national and state-level policy committees. Tina has worked with national partners on data analysis and interfaced with universities & other research entities to develop data analysis. Tina has served as a project manager and administrator for over 20 years in the field of public policy; her leadership has improved the lives of countless individuals with ID and DD. She has proven collaborative skills that have improved lives; she is the perfect combination of integrity, humility, and strong leadership. Tina receives the Ed Comer Award today because she establishes forward-thinking strategies and policies that expand skills, improve services and supports, and link individuals with resources around the state of Ohio.