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PEMHS honors Kathleen Peters, Michael Grego

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State Rep. Kathleen Peters received the 2016 Pacesetter Award for outstanding service in governmental affairs.

The award, from Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services, was one of five given out during a banquet Thursday at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. Michael Grego, superintendent of the Pinellas County School System, received a special recognition award. Pinellas Safe Harbor received a Pacesetter award in law enforcement. The other two went to the Tampa Bay Rays in the business division and the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco in the community division.

Peters, a Republican, has championed the cause of mental health while in the Legislature. Peters says she reformed the entire mental health system in the state.

Grego was honored for aggressively working to eliminate achievement gaps in Pinellas County Schools. In 2013, the district implemented the Bridging the Gap strategic plan aimed at boosting achievement, increasing graduation rates and improving student engagement for African American students. In 2014, Pinellas County Schools initiated Scale Up for Success, a program focused on increasing achievement at several St. Petersburg schools. In 2016, the district established a Transformation Zone with intense support for lower performing schools.

Pinellas Safe Harbor is an emergency homeless shelter and a jail diversion program designed to be a safe haven for those currently homeless and who require services to get back on their feet.  Pinellas Safe Harbor is managed by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Tampa Bay Rays were honored not only for involvement in “many rewarding things for the community and their fans.”

The mission of the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco is to increase the number of successful adoptions of local children in foster care.  In addition to featuring children, they recruit and support families interested in adoption. The Heart Gallery was founded on the belief that every child deserves a home.

PEMHS is a private, non-profit behavioral health care organization located in Pinellas County, Florida.  Programs include a 24-hour suicide hotline, emergency screening and crisis intervention services, inpatient services for adults and children, residential services for children and community based programs.

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