Awards & Recognition

Ann-Marie Louison, Director of Adult Behavioral Health Programs, receives the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.

  • 2016: CASES is one of ten organizations nationwide selected for a multi-year grant through the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Learn and Earn to Achieve Potential (LEAP) Initiative. LEAP’s focus is to ensure youth and young adults have access to educational and employment opportunities that will allow them to become successful adults. With this support, CASES will implement the Jobs for America’s Graduates Out-of-School program, annually serving as many as 100 young people who have left the traditional school system.
  • 2016: CASES’ CEO Joel Copperman is appointed as the Co-Chair of the Arraignment and Post-Arraignment Diversion Working Group of the Diversion and Reentry Council of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. The Council is working to develop targeted interventions that improve public safety and reduce the number of people who enter and return to jail.
  • 2015: CASES’ Director of Adult Behavioral Health Programs Ann-Marie Louison is awarded the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize for Excellence in Urban Public Health for her outstanding contribution to the improvement of health and safety outcomes for New York’s justice-involved population. Established in 2011, the Tisch Prize is a highly competitive award that annually honors one individual and one nonprofit for distinguished accomplishment in the field of urban public health.
  • 2014: CASES’ Director of Adult Behavioral Health Programs Ann-Marie Louison is appointed to the Subcommittee on Arrest to Disposition of the Mayor’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System.
  • 2014: CASES’ CEO Joel Copperman is appointed to the executive committee of the Mayor’s Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System representing New York City behavioral health providers. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration created the Task Force with the goal of reducing the number of people with behavioral health issues cycling through the criminal justice system.
  • 2014: CASES’ CEO Joel Copperman is appointed to the Raise the Age NY Campaign, an initiative encouraging State officials to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16—New York remains one of only two states nationwide to treat youth as young as age 16 as adults in the criminal justice system.
  • 2012: Kevin Cleare, CASES’ ACT Team Substance Abuse Specialist, is honored by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare with the Lilly Reintegration Award.
  • 2012: CASES’ Director of Adult Behavioral Health Programs Ann-Marie Louison receives the The Harp Commitment Award at the annual Howie the Harp graduation ceremony. The Harp Commitment Award is presented to individuals from organizations that show a strong dedication to hosting and hiring participants from the Howie the Harp Peer Specialist Training Program.
  • 2011: CASES’ Director of Youth Programs Joseph McLaughlin receives the Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children and Youth from the National Child Labor Committee. These awards recognize professionals and volunteers from all walks of life who have dedicated themselves to the health, education, and well-being of young people.
  • 2011: Court Employment Project staff member Will Beale is recognized by the Brooklyn Treatment Court for creating the “Above the Streets” basketball league.
  • 2011: CASES’ CEO Joel Copperman receives the Sara Tullar Fasoldt Leadership and Humanitarian Award from the New York State Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives. The award pays special tribute to outstanding individuals in the field of community corrections who demonstrate extraordinary professionalism, personal commitment and dedication—all hallmarks of the life and work of Sara Fasoldt, former head of the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.
  • 2010: CASES’ Nathaniel ACT Team Leader Bradley Jacobs receives the Emerging Social Work Leader Award from the National Association of Social Workers – New York City Chapter.
  • 2003: CASES’ Career Exploration Project receives its second Promising and Effective Practices Network Award from the National Youth Employment Coalition. The Coalition is a nonpartisan national organization dedicated to promoting programs and policies that help youth succeed in becoming lifelong learners and self-sufficient citizens.
  • 2002: CASES’ Nathaniel Project wins the American Probation and Parole Association’s (APPA) President’s Award. The award “recognizes exemplary community corrections programs, which serve to advance the knowledge, effectiveness and integrity of the system.” APPA describes the Nathaniel Project as an “exemplary alternative to incarceration model designed to balance the treatment needs of felony offenders with mental illness and the court’s requirement for effective and responsive community supervision. Within the framework of this project, criminal behavior is reduced and people are restored their dignity and place in the community.”
  • 2002: CASES’ Nathaniel Project receives the Thomas M. Wernert Award from the National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors. The award gives national recognition to a program “demonstrating innovation and creativity while ensuring community and consumer participation.”
  • 2002: CASES’ Nathaniel Project wins the American Psychiatric Association’s Significant Achievement Award. In describing the Nathaniel Project, the award emphasizes the program’s “tremendous success in retaining participants” and its cost effectiveness: “The project has demonstrated that the yearly costs of providing services to a participant ($14,578) is significantly less than the cost of a year in a state prison ($29,678) or a city jail ($53,224).”
  • 2000: CASES’ Career Exploration Project receives a National Juvenile Justice Award from the Juvenile Court Centennial Initiative (JCCI), a project of the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Career Exploration is one of six programs nationwide to receive the award and is hailed as an innovative program “for giving kids who are in trouble with the law a chance to make a better choice.” Liz Ryan, National Field Director for JCCI, says, “The Career Exploration Project is making tremendous strides in providing New York City’s youth with positive and challenging alternatives to life on the streets.”