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Charles Evans Center Hosted its

Care with Excellence and Compassion Dinner

Celebrating CEC’s Sixth Anniversary.

This fundraiser did benefit patients as CEC continues to provide Care with Excellence and Compassion.


Having Honored:
Corporate Leadership Award
Peter R. Epp, CPA 
Partner-Healthcare Industry Leader CohnReznick

Peter R. Epp, CPA, is a partner with CohnReznick and serves as leader of the firm’s community health centers industry practice. With over 30 years of experience, he is a nationally recognized expert in ambulatory healthcare reimbursement and financing. He is a frequent lecturer at seminars on value based payment and payment reform, third-party reimbursement maximization, strategic business planning, cost report preparation, federal grantsmanship, financial operations assessments, and managed care.

Peter’s clients include both federally and non-federally funded organizations including Federally Qualified Health Centers and other ambulatory healthcare providers, hospital and health systems, managed care entities, social service agencies, and other non-profit organizations.

Distinguished Service Award
Arlene González-Sanchez, MS, LMSW
Commissioner, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS)

Commissioner González-Sánchez has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of behavioral health services administration, health policy development, and medical research. Under the Commissioner’s leadership, OASAS works to realize her vision for transforming the current system of care for individuals with substance use disorders into a comprehensive, patient-centered and family focused system. She serves on Governor Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Behavioral Health Subcommittee. She is co-chair of the State’s Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council and a co-chair of the Responsible Play Partnership.

Commissioner González-Sánchez serves as the First Vice President of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) Board.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Ann Marie T. Sullivan, MD

New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Sullivan is responsible for a multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 700,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health operates psychiatric centers across the State, and oversees more than 4,500 community-based programs. She has guided the transformation of the state hospital system in its emphasis on recovery and expansion of community-based treatment, reinvesting over 90 million dollars in community services. She has also implemented the incorporation of critical recovery services for the seriously mentally ill in the Medicaid benefit plan and expanded services for the mentally ill in the criminal justice system.

Commissioner Sullivan is a strong advocate for her patients and profession, and has published and lectured on best practices in community psychiatry.

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