Rep. Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Award

Rep. Paul Luebke (1946 – 2016)

Rep. Paul Luebke, (D-Durham), passed away October 29, 2016. He participated in most every Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health since elected to serve in the NC General Assembly over 25 years ago. He was a true champion of mental health reform and had a heart to assist vulnerable and under-served populations. His energy, commitment, leadership and sense of humor are sorely missed. In his memory, the Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health Planning Committee members have created the “Rep. Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Award.” The award is presented annually to a member of the NC General Assembly recognized for their outstanding leadership and demonstrated commitment to improving outcomes for individuals living with mental illness.

2021 The Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Winner, Carla Cunningham

Representative Carla Cunningham is being honored with the Representative Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Award. She carries on the focus and commitment of Rep. Paul Luebke, in her dedication to address the inequalities that continue, and perhaps are even more evident today, as North Carolina and the nation face the Perfect Storm of the Pandemic, Racial Inequality and Social Injustice.

We honor Rep. Cunningham for her past achievements but most importantly for her ongoing and forward-thinking work in the North Carolina Legislature as current mental health needs escalate because of increased social isolation and economic stress.

And we commend her advocacy to insure our most vulnerable community members receive safe and appropriate assessment and treatment, as well as supportive services to enable independent living and employment.

2020 Representative Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Award

Representative Josh Dobson

We are pleased to announce that Representative Josh Dobson is the recipient of the 2020 Representative Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Award.

Representative Dobson has been a member of the North Carolina General Assembly State Legislature since 2013 representing District 85, comprised of McDowell, Mitchell and Avery counties. Serving as chairman of both the Health Policy Committee and the Appropriations Committee, he has worked “diligently to find consensus while producing conservative, common sense solutions.”

According to those who have worked with him, if you want anything done related to healthcare at the General Assembly, look to Representative Dobson. He has been a key advocate for improving and expanding behavioral health services including revisions to licensure protocols for service providers. He is known for not backing down when things needed to get done and has worked across the aisle to help build consensus among legislative groups.

In appreciation for his tireless advocacy, Representative Josh Dobson is being recognized as a true champion for behavioral health care in North Carolina.

2019 Senator Floyd B. McKissick Jr. is presented with the Third Annual Rep, Paul Luebke Legislative Champion on Mental Health Award. Senator McKissick is acknowledged with this award for his advocacy for children and young people, and his support of services that are crucial to their well-being and success in school and life.

Senator Tommy Tucker and Senator Tamara Barringer 2018

Rep. Verla Insko receives the Luebke Award 2017 from Julie J. Bailey