Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards

2015 Call for Applications Now Open
Application Period: March 19 - May 20, 2015.

Instructions for completing the online form are posted here.

What we are looking for:

The goal of the Awards is to recognize and publicize national models of creative service delivery.The awards have been presented since 1949 to innovative programs within the United States and Canada that deliver services to people with mental illness or mental disabilities, that have overcome obstacles, and that can serve as models for other programs. Programs can be based in a school, a clinic, a hospital, or the community itself, and can provide unique human resource development, prevention, or administrative models that improve clinical care. In order to be considered, programs must have been in full operation for a minimum of two years prior to the posted application deadline of May 20, 2015.

The Deadline has been extended from the original date of May 12, 2015 to May 20, 2015.

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Up to four awards may be given. The Achievement Awards Committee groups and selects two Gold Award winners -- one from academically or institutionally sponsored programs and one from community-based programs in the United States and Canada. The Committee may also choose Silver and Bronze Award winners.


Awards are presented at the Institute on Psychiatric Services. Winning programs are invited to present at a special afternoon workshop following the Opening Session and will receive coverage in two APA publications, Psychiatric News and Psychiatric Services. Gold Award winners each receive $3,500, second- and third-place winners receive $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. For an overview of the winners read 2014 APA Achievement Awards: Four Exemplary Programs.

2014 Award recipients

  • GOLD AWARD for Academically or Institutionally Affiliated Programs: Alliance Health Project, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital, University of California San Francisco. In recognition of its innovative programs providing LGBTQ and HIV-related behavioral services to the community.Read more about the program in psyciatryonline.
  • GOLD AWARD for Community-Based Programs: Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition Program (BRYT), Brookline Community Mental Health Center, Brookline, Massachusetts. In recognition of an innovative treatment model that helps youth transition from mental health crisis to success at school, at home, and in the community. Read more about the program in psychiatryonline.
  • SILVER AWARD: Children's Community Pediatrics Behavioral Health Service in the Pediatric Medical Home, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In recognition of its innovative program that has introduced a culture change across a network of pediatric practices to ensure early recognition and treatment of children with behavioral health problems. Read more about the program in psychiatryonline.
  • BRONZE AWARD: LifeWorks Shared Psychiatric Services, Austin, Texas. In recognition of its innovative, family-focused approach that creates a pathway to stable, long-term care for hard-to-reach families. Read more about the program in psychiatryonline.

In 2014 three programs were awarded a Certificate of Significant Achievement:

  • Behavioral Health Integration Program, University of Washington, Seattle. In recognition of its innovative program that uses a collaborative care model integrating behavioral health into primary care clinics to improve clinical outcomes, increase client satisfaction, and reduce health care costs.
  • GATE Utah: Giving Access To Everyone, University of Utah Department of Psychiatry, Salt Lake City. In recognition of its innovative use of technology for professional-to-professional consultations to improve the portability of mental healthcare across settings and to increase access for mental health services for children within the medical home.
  • The Mental Health Crisis Alliance, St. Paul, Minnesota. In recognition of its innovative partnership approach to community-based, patient-centered mental health crisis stabilization services to improve care for adults with mental illness in the East Metro of Minnesota's Twin Cities, regardless of ability to pay or county of residence.

Directory of Gold Award Winners

PSAA Committee Portal