SPRINGFIELD — Molina Healthcare of Illinois announced the winners of its Community Champions Award Sept. 4.
Alton resident Tom Johnson was one of three winners from across the state. Johnson was honored for his advocacy efforts to improve the lives of Illinoisans with mental health conditions.
Molina Healthcare’s Community Champions Awards program was created in 2006 to honor people who positively affect the lives of others through their contributions and service. This year was the first time Molina Healthcare of Illinois hosted its own Community Champions Awards. The winners received a Community Champions trophy and a $1,000 grant for the organization of their choice.
Johnson gave part of his grant to local behavioral health center WellSpring Resources, where he serves on the Board of Directors.
“We are so grateful for this gift,” said Karen Sopronyi-Tompkins, WellSpring Resources’ Chief Executive Officer. “Tom has dedicated a lot of time to our agency over the years, and he truly believes in our mission of promoting mental wellness. This grant will help us further that mission.”
Johnson worked for the Illinois Department of Human Services for 33 years. He retired in 2002 and since his retirement, he has continued to advocate for those with mental health problems. One of Johnson’s most ambitious efforts is bringing Crisis Intervention Team training to law enforcement in downstate Illinois. Since 2005, Johnson has donated hundreds of hours acting as CIT coordinator. In this role, Johnson helps police officers complete specialized training for dealing with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
Johnson has served on WellSpring Resources’ Board of Directors for 12 years and is the board secretary. He is also on the boards of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Auxiliary Board of the Southwest Illinois Division of the United Way, Supportive Housing Providers Association, Madison County Urban League, and the Madison County Continuum of Care.
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