Every year SAMHSA recognizes people in the television and film industry and community leaders who raise awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme was “strengthening families through hope and help,” paying tribute to the strength and support given by family members to help someone in recovery.

Special Recognition Awards were given to a number of celebrities including Kristen Bell and Dax Sheppard, both who are in recovery and have supported each other through that process. Filmmakers Rob Reiner and his son Nick Reiner also received a Special Recognition Award – seen in the featured image with producers Matt Elisofon and Johnson Chan. They received the award for their work on “Being Charlie,” a film inspired by Nick’s own recovery from addiction.

Community leaders also received Special Recognition Awards including Yashi Brown, Rebbie Jackson, and Stacy Brown who share their own personal stories of recovery to raise awareness of the importance of family support. The Staglin family received the Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to mental health research. Consumer/Peer/Family Leadership Awards were given to Sheldon Hill, Tiffany Hunsley, Julie Magers, Ted Streuli, and Sally Zinman. And the Young Adult Leadership Award was given to Joshua Calarino, an inspiring youth leader and peer specialist who speaks out about youth recovery.

Writers and producers who include responsible and respectful portrayals of behavioral health disorders in film and television were also honored. Finalists included “Being Charlie,” “The Dark Horse,” “Love & Mercy,” “Touched with Fire,” “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “The Carmichael Show” (NBC), “Empire” (FOX), “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “Mom” (CBS), and “Nashville” (ABC/CMT).

SAMHSA’s annual Voice Awards took place on August 10 in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Joshua Carlino, Young Adult Leadership Award recipient, with Dr. Mehmet Oz
  • Dr. Mehmet Oz, author and television personality, hosts the 2016 Voice Awards
  • SAMHSA's Carlton Speight and Kaitlin White with Tiffany Hunsley, Consumer/Peer/Family Leadership Award recipient, and Dr. Mehmet Oz
  • Actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard receive SAMHSA's Special Recognition Award
  • Special Recognition Award Recipients Rebbie Jackson, Yashi Brown, and Stacy Brown-Salas with Keris Jän Myrick of SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services
  • Tom Hill, Senior Advisory to the Principal Deputy Administrator, SAMHSA


2016 Voice Awards Event: Rob Reiner, Nick Reiner


2016 Voice Awards Event: Joshua Allen, Empire


2016 Voice Awards Event: Tiffany Hunsely


2016 Voice Awards Event: Stacy Brown-Salas


2016 Voice Awards Event: Yashi Brown


2016 Voice Awards Event: Rebbie Jackson-Brown