CAN 2012 Butler Awards

Winners of 2012 Butler Awards for Plans with Promise

Each year, Community Action Network recognizes individuals, collaborations, or organizations that exemplify the CAN goal of leveraging mutual resources to collectively improve the social, health, educational and economic opportunities in our community.  This year, the CAN leadership has elected to use this annual award to acknowledge and highlight key community planning efforts. 

The annual CAN Community Dashboard report highlights 16 key socio-economic indicators for Central Texas.  "This year's report not only tracked how we are doing as a community, but also took a look at what actions are underway to turn the curve on the indicators," said Vanessa Sarria, CAN Executive Director.  "The Butler Awards for Plans with Promise acknowledge key community planning efforts that will help move our community forward."  Sarria said CAN has analyzed over 70 community plans to seek out common strategies and has identified community plans that engage many community partners and stakeholders.

The following planning initiatives will be presented with an award at the December 14, 2012 CAN Board of Directors meeting at 2:30 p.m. at the Boards and Commissions Room at Austin City Hall.

Justice and Mental Health Collaborative Program Planning Grant:  The Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded Travis County a planning grant to develop a community-wide strategic plan to address the needs of individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental disorders who are incarcerated in the Travis County Jail and have co-occurring substance use disorders.  In addition to Travis County Criminal Justice Planning, other partners in the planning effort include Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services, Travis County Health & Human Services/Veterans Service, Austin Travis County Integral Care, Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable, Caritas of Austin, Central Health, Downtown Austin Community Court, Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, Front Steps, Travis County Mental Health Public Defender's Office, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Seton Healthcare Family, Travis County Attorney's Office, Travis County District Attorney's Office, Travis County Criminal Courts, and Travis County Sheriff's Office.

Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan:  Imagine Austin provides broad-level guidance on how Austin will grow and develop into the future. It guides development within the City limits, as well as within the City's extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Thousands of residents provided input into the Plan which will guide the city's investments, priorities and policies to promote a common vision for the community. 

Community Health Assessment (CHA)/Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP):  The Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department, Travis County Health and Human Services and Veteran's Services, Central Health, St. David's Foundation, Seton Healthcare Family, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus are leading a comprehensive community health planning effort to measurably improve the health of Austin/Travis County residents. The Community Health Improvement Plan is an action-oriented plan that outlines priority community health issues based on a Community Health Assessment.  The Plan outlines action to be taken to work together to identify how issues will be addressed and how to measure progress.

The School Readiness Action Plan for Austin/Travis County: Success by Six of United Way for Greater Austin worked with key community partners and stakeholders to develop an Action Plan to help children in Austin and Travis County be ready for school success when they enter kindergarten.  The plan includes actionable goals, strategies and measurable targets for increasing school readiness.   Key partners in the planning effort include Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services, Travis County Health and Human Services, the E3 Alliance, Austin ISD, Child INC, Children's Optimal Health, Capital Area Workforce Solutions, Community Action Network and many others.

The Butler Awards were created in 2006 to honor Fred Butler's many years of service to our community on the eve of his retirement as the Executive Director of CAN.  The intent was that the award would help to ensure that the traits Fred Butler modeled for our community as a leader, as a bridge builder and as a master at collaboration would live on and be recognized in our community.

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