Certifications & Awards


  • The Lucy Daniels Center is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit, charitable organization legally incorporated and licensed with the State of North Carolina.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center is a licensed mental health facility by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The Lucy Daniels Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Alliance for Psychoanalytic Schools.
  • The Lucy Daniels School is licensed by the N.C. Department of Non-Public Education

National Awards

2005: The Children and Family Community Service Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association

The Center was the second recipient of this annual award, recognizing one program in the nation that achieves exceptional distinction in the quality and extent of their direct service to the children and families in their local communities. In bestowing this honor, the judges stated, “There are few, if any, better models for this achievement than the Lucy Daniels Center. Children in North Carolina with emotional problems and the people who care about them are blessed to have the Lucy Daniels Center, which has served its community with untiring dedication and a nationally acknowledged zeal for excellence.”

2002: The Children’s Program Award for Excellence from the Association for Child Psychoanalysis

The Center was the first recipient of this national award, honoring programs making highly distinguished contributions to the welfare of children. The award was given in honor of the Center’s “outstanding program of innovative services, research, training, and community leadership benefiting children, families, early childhood educators, mental health professionals, and their communities locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Local and Regional Awards

2009: 1st Annual IMPACT Award from GlaxoSmithKline

The Center was one of nine nonprofits selected by GlaxoSmithKline, in partnership with the Triangle Community Foundation, to receive the GlaxoSmithKline 1st Annual IMPACT Award for providing access to health care. Each of the North Carolina-based nonprofits serving the four-county region of Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake received a $40,000 award.

The Lucy Daniels Center was recognized for its efforts to provide mental health services to children in the Triangle and particularly for its programs focused on serving the underserved.

2007: The Health Care Heroes Award for Most Outstanding Community Outreach Program in the Triangle from the Triangle Business Journal

The Center’s SecurePath Program, in conjunction with Wake County SmartStart, was the recipient of the grand prize in this category, chosen from among four outstanding finalists. The award recognizes organizations for their service to the community and particularly to underserved populations. The SecurePath program was recognized for providing free services to 150 children and families annually who have no health insurance as well as for its unique service delivery methods. Most children and families receive counseling in their homes and at times that are convenient to them. The judges noted, “The Lucy Daniels Center is recognized throughout our community as a shining example of how to reverse the current trends in mental healthcare, and stands as a model, through professional education and outreach, to other programs across our region and our state.”

2007: The Charitable Partners Award for Most Outstanding Nonprofit Organization in Cary from the Cary, NC Chamber of Commerce

The Center was the first recipient of this award, recognizing an outstanding charitable organization serving the citizens of Cary. Organizations were judged on mission, impact, financial plan, and success. The Center was cited for its longtime, outstanding service to children with social and emotional challenges in the Triangle.

2006: The John Rex Endowment Hands of Health Award from the John Rex Endowment

This award was given in honor of our founding and current clinical and executive director, Donald L. Rosenblitt, M.D. He was only the second recipient of this award. In describing Dr. Rosenblitt as a local children’s health hero, Endowment staff stated,  “His tireless work has earned Wake County national recognition as a hub for the highest quality mental health and educational services for emotionally at-risk children.”

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