A Juneau woman was recognized by her peers in May for her work in the behavioral health field.
Stacy Toner, deputy director of the Division of Behavioral Health for Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, was recognized at Alaska’s Annual School on Addiction Studies and Behavioral Health in Anchorage. The Francis J. Phillips award was presented to Toner for her “many years of outstanding statewide contributions to the addictions field.”
The Francis J. Phillips award is awarded to individuals who demonstrate commitment to excellence, ethical standards, interagency cooperation and is an inspiration and leader in the addictions field, according to the program’s brochure. Individuals are nominated for the award by their peers at the annual school.
“I’m delighted (to win the award),” Toner said. “I think it’s always nice for people to say, ‘Thank you, you’re doing a good job.’”
Toner has been involved in the behavioral health and social services field for more than 25 years. She began in 1988 by working at Juneau Youth Services, where she served as the emergency services coordinator and quality director until 2002.
“I started working with runaways with Juneau Youth Services,” she said. “A lot of people that were coming through the door had addiction service needs, and so I started addiction services for kids and Juneau Youth Services. … It was an intriguing job so I got involved.”
Since then, Toner has served 10 years on the Bartlett Regional Hospital board as secretary, vice president and president, three years at the program office of the Department of Health and Social Services, and most recently nine years as administrator and deputy director at DHSS.
At the Division of Behavioral Health, Toner has worked with partners to expand detox services in Fairbanks, open the Sobering Center in Bethel, promote performance-based funding and expand trauma-informed care statewide, according to the DHSS.
“I’m responsible for the system that runs treatment, prevention and early interventions,” Toner said. “All of the grants that go out to community agencies to provide services for the most part, besides maybe two, are my shop. It’s a pretty big job that gets about $60 million on the street year each. It’s a big job getting services across the state.”
In addition to creating programs and services across the state, Toner has attended the annual school practically every year since 2005, so it was only a matter of time before her work was recognized by her peers.
“In the years I’ve been here, there’s been a lot of changes in the system and I’ve been responsible for a lot of them in the services part,” she said.