The MENTOR Network’s Medical Director, Dr. Edwin J. Mikkelsen was recently awarded the 2014 Allen Crocker, M.D. Health Services Award by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Statewide Advisory Council during the Commonwealth’s commemoration of March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. Each year the Allen Crocker, M.D. Health Services Award recognizes an individual or organization that shares Dr. Crocker’s dedication to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A lifelong advocate for people of all ages with disabilities, Dr. Crocker devoted his life to supporting families of children with disabilities and was known for offering parents hope they did not receive elsewhere.
Like Dr. Crocker, Dr. Mikkelsen is a champion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to his role at The MENTOR Network, Dr. Mikkelsen is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a consultant to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Department of Developmental Services. He received Massachusetts’ Department of Developmental Services Special Recognition for Human Rights Advocacy, and the Institute on Dual Diagnosis Award of Excellence for “exemplary innovations in thought and practice regarding people who have dual diagnosis” in 2000, and the American Psychiatric Association’s 2003 Frank J. Menolascino Award in recognition of his contributions providing psychiatric services for persons with developmental disabilities.
“We are honored to congratulate Dr. Mikkelsen for this prestigious award,” said Bruce Nardella, The MENTOR Network’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “He has supported individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with The MENTOR Network for more than 20 years, and we are proud of his many accomplishments as a medical professional and as an advocate. It is only with the commitment and dedication of individuals like Dr. Mikkelsen that we are able to provide quality services and supports to thousands of people across the country in the communities they call home.”