Devereux Arizona Executive Director honored with Cultural Heritage Award

From Arizona State University's Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

Lane BarkerScottsdale, Ariz. July 18, 2014 – Lane Martin Barker, Executive Director of Devereux Arizona, received the award for Cultural Heritage from Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy (CABHP) on July 17, 2014. The Cultural Heritage Award is one of five awards presented to individuals or agencies in the field of behavioral healthcare.  According to ASU, “The [Arizona Behavioral Health] Awards honor distinct individuals, organizations, and partnerships who work to improve healthcare and quality of life for all Arizonans. Their notable achievements exemplify their ongoing commitment and vision in a field that is as challenging as it is rewarding.”

Presented as a part of CABHP’s annual Summer Institute, held in Prescott, AZ, the Cultural Heritage award recognizes an individual or agency that has brought cultural distinction to the behavioral health field.  "I am truly honored to receive this award and consider it a wonderful affirmation of our commitment to the LGBT community both as an employer and service provider."  As the Executive Director of Devereux Arizona, Lane Barker has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, specifically in regard to her outreach to the LGBT community.

Recognized by the Human Rights Campaign, Devereux Arizona is the only organization in Arizona to have received the “All Children-All Families™” seal, which is given to organizations that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and cultural competency toward the LGBT community. In 2012, Lane was appointed to the National Advisory Council for the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children-All Families Initiative. She has been a part of Devereux Arizona’s leadership team for more than 20 years and has served as Executive Director since 2005.

A licensed marriage and family therapist, Lane has worked in the behavioral healthcare and child welfare fields for over 30 years—the last 20 at Devereux. She is a past-president and current board member of the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, and a founding member of Quality Care Network, a not-for-profit behavioral health network serving youth and families throughout Maricopa County. She is also a partner in Arizona Partnership for Children, a collaboration of child welfare agencies formed in 1996. In 2012, Lane was appointed to the National Advisory Council for the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children – All Families Initiative. In 2013, she was recognized as a Local Hero by ONE Community. She chairs Devereux’s national LGBT work group.

About Devereux Arizona

Devereux Arizona is a nonprofit behavioral health organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities.  Founded in 1912, Devereux operates a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational and vocational programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and families every year.  Devereux Arizona began providing services in 1967 in Scottsdale, Arizona and annually serves more than 4,000 children and families across the state.  Programs include:  Foster Care; Residential Treatment Centers; Respite Services; Outpatient Counseling; Adult Therapeutic Foster Care; and Prevention Services.  For more information about Devereux Arizona, please visit     


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