Nomination Deadlines:

Region 3 : August 17
Region 4 : August 3
Region 6 : TBD
Region 7 : August 17
Region 8 : August 24
Region 9 : TBD

Metro Regions (combined awards): 
Region 11 : TBD
Region 12 : TBD
Region 13 : TBD


Outstanding Adult Foster Care
 
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MSSA recognizes exceptional foster care provided to adults through the Adult Foster Care Award. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding efforts of providing a stable and supportive environment which allows for client growth and development.

MSSA considers the following when selecting Adult Foster Care Award winners:

  • How foster care providers are unique; what sets them apart from other providers
  • Nominee's ability to work with the placing agency, family members and community resources 
  • Participation in community projects and activities that promote and strengthen the foster care delivery system
  • Nominee's ability to understand and recognize the needs of those placed in their care—to be accepted and respected as an individual, treated with dignity and valued for their contributions
  • Nominee's ability to meet the client's needs for care and support while encouraging growth
  • Evidence of a deep commitment to foster care as shown by length of service, intensity of care and dedication

Outstanding Child Foster Care

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MSSA recognizes outstanding foster care provided to children through the Child Foster Care Award. Nominees for this award demonstrate an outstanding ability to provide a stable and supportive environment which allows for children’s growth and development.

MSSA considers the following when selecting Child Foster Care Award winners:

  • How foster care providers are unique; what sets them apart from other providers
  • Nominee's ability to work with the placing agency, family members and community resources
  • Participation in community projects and activities that promote and strengthen the foster care delivery system
  • Nominee's ability to understand and recognize the needs of those placed in their care—to be accepted and respected as an individual; to be treated with dignity; to be valued for their contributions
  • Ability to meet the child’s needs for care and support while encouraging growth
  • Evidence of deep commitment to foster care as shown by length of service, intensity of care and dedication
  • Ability to prepare children for reunification in the home or other permanent living arrangement

Community Collaboration

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MSSA recognizes community collaborations that benefit the health and human service system through the Community Collaboration Award.


MSSA considers the following when selecting the Community Collaboration Award winner:

  • Participating agencies, volunteers and the community have demonstrated a high degree of collaboration to create or sustain a needed health and human service program or service
  • The service provided through the collaboration has met a need within the health and human service system
  • The service provided through the collaboration has demonstrated a long-term solution to a health and human service problem or issue
  • The collaboration has shown innovation in how it has worked together to create a solution, resources were utilized and distributed efficiently and effectively
  • The collaboration is made up of community partners, not just agencies; the community itself has contributed to the solution

Individual Distinguished Service

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Through the Individual Distinguished Service to MSSA Award, we recognize an individual member for their outstanding service and leadership to MSSA.

Individual Distinguished Service to MSSA Award selection criteria includes:

  • Contributions to MSSA
  • Personal skills and experience utilized to advance MSSA’s mission of providing leadership to enhance the lives of Minnesotan’s by supporting diversity, impacting public policy, educating, and communicating among human service professionals
  • Use or creation of, community resources to effect change
  • Participation, promotion and/or recognition for their commitment to the profession of health and human services
  • Nature and length of the nominee’s active participation in MSSA and whether the nominee is a current or past member of MSSA

The Morris Hursh Award

Click here to submit a nomination online OR Click here to download the nomination form as a Word Doc. Return forms to info@mnssa.orgThe Morris Hursh Award is not given at the regional level. 

Through the Morris Hursh award, MSSA recognizes a Minnesotan who has had a national impact on the delivery of health and human services. MSSA considers each nominee's contribution to health and human services at the national, state and local levels as well as their involvement with MSSA and other health and human service related professional groups.  

MSSA considers the following criteria when selecting Morris Hursh Award winners:

  • The nominee's contribution to the human service profession on a national level
  • The nominee's contribution to the human service profession at the state level
  • The nominee's contribution to the human service profession on a local level within their community
  • The nature and level of the nominee's involvement  in MSSA and/or other professional human service groups

Outstanding Retiree

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MSSA recognizes retirees for their outstanding service to the health and human service community.  The retiree’s involvement evidences a significant contribution to clients, agency, community and MSSA.

MSSA considers the following when selecting the Outstanding Retiree Award winner:

  • Outstanding contributions to MSSA (past or present)
  • Participates in, promotes and is/has been recognized for their commitment to the profession of health and human services
  • The nominee's scope of work has had a significant and lasting impact in the state and community
  • Demonstrated use of personal skills and experience to contribute to community service
  • Nominee is a current or past member of MSSA

Outstanding Staff Achievement

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MSSA recognizes individuals who routinely exemplify outstanding service to clients, their colleagues, and their place of work through the Staff Achievement Award.

MSSA considers the following when selecting the Staff Achievement Award winner:

  • Consistently demonstrates outstanding service to clients, colleagues and employer
  • Goes above and beyond in all aspects of their work
  • Utilizes personal skills and experience to create a positive, client focused work environment
  • Utilizes and collaborates with community resources to meet for client needs
  • Participates in, promotes, and is/has been recognized for commitment to the human services
  • Is valued by colleagues and employer for their contributions to the team

Outstanding Student

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The Outstanding Student Award recognizes students who routinely demonstrate their ability to excel. MSSA considers the following components when selecting the Outstanding Student Award winner: 

  • GPA
  • Routinely performs at an excellent level
  • Demonstrates their desire and commitment to work in the health and human service profession
  • Is valued by peers and advisors

Outstanding Treatment Foster Care

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MSSA recognizes Treatment Foster Care providers who deliver outstanding foster care to children with special needs, including developmental disabilities and serious emotional, behavioral and medical needs. Nominees for this award demonstrate and outstanding effort of providing a stable and supportive environment which allows for children's growth and development. 

MSSA considers the following when selecting Treatment Foster Care Award winners: 

  • How foster care providers are unique; what sets them apart from other providers
  • Participation in community projects and activities that promote and strengthen the foster care delivery system
  • Nominee's ability to understand and recognize the needs of those placed in their care—to be accepted and respected as an individual; to be treated with dignity; to be valued for their contributions
  • Ability to meet the child’s needs for care and support with encouraging growth
  • Evidence of deep commitment to foster care as shown by length of service, intensity of care and dedication
  • Ability to prepare children for reunification in the home or other permanent living arrangement

Outstanding Volunteer Service

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The Outstanding Volunteer Service Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding volunteer service.

MSSA considers the following when selecting the Volunteer Service Award winner:

  • Consistently provides outstanding results through direct service to clients and agency
  • Demonstrates use of personal skills and experience to contribute to community service
  • Has made unique use of, or helped to create, community resources to effect change (i.e., people, programs, groups, media)
  • Participates in, promotes, and is/has been recognized for commitment to the human services
  • Evidence of deep commitment to foster care as shown by length of service, intensity of care and dedication
  • Nominees for this award must be volunteers (not paid staff) whose involvement evidences a significant contribution to clients, agency, and community