Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Advocate For Mentally Ill Receives McAuley Award

Published February 14, 2013

Deborah Crockett, who is a veteran mental health caseworker, is the first recipient of the McAuley Award at Saint Joseph’s Health System.

It is named for Catherine McAuley, the Irish-born founder of the Sisters of Mercy. The religious order established Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta, the first hospital in Atlanta. It has been a long-standing tradition at the hospital to honor an employee with the award, a tradition that is now handed on to Saint Joseph’s Health System.

Nominated by her coworkers for the award, Crockett assists clients dealing with mental health issues, guiding and supporting the client in many ways from housing needs to working with partner agencies as the clients gain self-sufficiency.

Sister Angela Ebberwein presented the award, which honors an employee who exemplifies McAuley’s ideals of respect for the dignity of all persons, compassion, service and leadership.

As a mental health resource specialist, Crockett works collaboratively with many local agencies, including the Welcome House, Must Ministries and Clifton Sanctuary. While at those places, she is an ambassador of sorts for Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Services.

“I am just so grateful and feel truly blessed for the honor. It’s such a precious tool and I’ll use it well. I’ll lead by example and continue the mission of Mercy Care,” she said.