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Ed Knight Retires from ValueOptions®

Friday, May 13, 2011 General News J E 4
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NORFOLK, Va., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ed Knight, Ph.D. will retire in May as vice president of recovery and resiliency for ValueOptions®, the nation's largest independent behavioral health and wellness company. Dr. Knight was based out of ValueOptions' Colorado Service Center in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Knight holds a Ph.D. in sociology and is a nationally published researcher and educator. He received his doctorate in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York in 1979.

He has received numerous honors and awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (2006) and the Chairperson's Award from the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (2005).

He worked as a private consultant from 1997 to 2001. His customers were managed behavioral health organizations, behavioral health provider and consumer organizations, as well as county and state governments.

Dr. Knight is credited with leading positive advances in the field of mental health service delivery and personal self-determination.

He founded the Mental Health Empowerment Project Inc. and served as its executive director for 12 years. The project helped start more than 600 self-help groups and nearly 35 self-help not-for-profits that provided consumer-driven mental health services.

Dr. Knight also has been heavily involved in local and national research projects, and has published extensively.  He has worked with the University of California at Los Angeles and with Boston University.

ValueOptions® Inc., the nation's largest independent behavioral health and wellness company, provides services to more than 24 million individuals through a variety of contracts with state and county agencies and additionally, with health plans and employers. ValueOptions® specializes in management for all behavioral health issues and promotes health and wellness through innovative programs. The mission of ValueOptions® is to help people live their lives to the fullest potential. For more information, visit www.valueoptions.com.

SOURCE ValueOptions Inc.

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