In presenting the award, Tri-County Board Chairman and Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts cited Deschambeau's leading role in "bringing to the table decision-makers from across the spectrum - business leaders, community leaders, elected officials, courts, healthcare, behavioral healthcare and others – to create a coalition to address the serious challenge of opiates and specifically heroin’s effects on Greenville and Darke County. Without this strength of will, without this vision that through coordinated efforts conditions can change, we would not be where we are in addressing this very complex problem."
Deschambeau accepted the award saying the coalition came about in response to hearing Darke County employers say they are having trouble maintaining their workforce due to the scourge of drugs, specifically heroin, affecting employability. She said the issue has "become my passion - it affects the physical health, mental and behavioral health, and spiritual health of our community."
The Geraldine B. Nelson Advocacy Award is named for the Tri-County Board's first Director of Community Resource Development, and has been presented annually since 2000 to individuals or groups who demonstrate exceptional advocacy in the realm of mental health and addiction issues.