Marshall Hatch Receives NAMI NH 2018 Mental Health Professional of the Year Award

Lakes Region Mental Health Center is pleased to announce that Marshall Hatch was selected to receive the New Hampshire National Alliance on Mental Illness’ 2018 Mental Health Professional of the Year Award at their recent annual meeting held in April.

“We are proud to have Marshall as part of our team at LRMHC” said Maggie Pritchard, Executive Director of LRMHC. “During his three decades of service to this organization, he has been an integral part of our efforts at LRMHC to develop and lead innovations in clinically-based services in non-office settings, creating new opportunities for our patients. His direct service and more than 30,000 hours of one-on-one and group service reflects that commitment.”

Marshall joined LRMHC in 1985 and during his 33 year tenure with the organization, he has held many different positions including Housing Specialist, vocational and clinical Community Case Manager, Independent Living Specialist and most recently as LRMHC’s Peer Support Program Liaison. Marshall attended the Montserrat School of Visual Art in Beverly, MA, attained his Human Services Associate Degree at the NH Vocational Technical College in Berlin and went on to get his B.S. at Springfield College School of Human Services in Manchester in 1995. Extensive trainings and certifications in Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder allowed Marshall to conduct many low risk/high reward experiences for both men and women patients of LRMHC.

Marshall was a contributor in the development of the Mental Illness Management Services program while it was being piloted allowing for a greater shift in broadening non office-based services for patients. This service system was later developed into our current Functional Support Service model.

From 2012 through 2015, Marshal served as the Project Manager for Healthy Choices Healthy Changes and supervisor to the InSHAPE staff for LRMHC. InSHAPE is an exciting health and wellness program, based in the recovery philosophy, in collaboration with the Dartmouth College Centers for Health and Aging. InSHAPE is active in 23 states and used by 78 agencies. The LRMHC InSHAPE program provides access for nearly 200 of LRMHC’s most vulnerable patients, to fitness facilities and nutritional education within our communities of Belknap County and southern Grafton County.

“We work collaboratively with the UNH Cooperative Extension Programs, and its Nutrition Connections program. I feel very fortunate to be Co-Facilitating the largest InSHAPE Program in the country with ten dedicated InSHAPE Health Mentors here at LRMHC. One of the reasons we are so successful with the InSHAPE program is our consistent efforts at building community-based partnerships with fitness facilities and nutritional programs. It is a pleasure to be building collaborative efforts with CornerBridge for health and wellness activities like Crafty Cooking and Backyard Gardening, allowing InSHAPE supportive services into new realms of direct support,” stated Marshall. “