2014 APA Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards To Be Presented at the Institute on Psychiatric Services

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association will recognize four outstanding mental health programs with Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards at the 2014 Institute on Psychiatric Services in San Francisco on October 30. The top two award winners are the Alliance Health Project, a San Francisco program providing services and support to the LGBTQ community, and the Brookline Community Mental Health Center for a program supporting youth in transition.

The awards recognize innovative programs offering services to people with mental illnesses or disabilities that can serve as models for other programs. They will be presented at the Opening Session of the APA Institute on Psychiatric Services meeting at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on October 30, 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Several of the award winners will discuss their programs at a special session from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Brief descriptions of the award-winning programs are included below and detailed descriptions are presented in the November issue of Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association.

Alliance Health Project
Gold Achievement Award – Academically/Institutionally Sponsored Program

The Alliance Health Project will receive APA’s 2014 Gold Achievement Award in the category of academically or institutionally sponsored programs, in recognition of its array of innovative programs to support the HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) communities. Originally established as the AIDS Health Project in 1984 and now known as the Alliance Health Project (AHP), this community-based program is a joint effort of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital. It provides HIV-related behavioral health services to the LGBTQ community and collaborates with public health and community service organizations to provide an array of supportive services, all available to patients at one site. AHP has served more than 200,000 individuals and trained more than 80,000 health care professionals, educators, and students.

Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition
Gold Achievement Award – Community-Based Program

In recognition of its innovative program that facilitates integration of youth transitioning from intensive mental health care settings to community- and school-based care, Brookline Community Mental Health Center (BCMHC) will receive APA’s 2014 Gold Achievement Award in the category of community-based programs. In 2004, BCMHC Brookline, Massachusetts, launched BRYT (the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition) to help local youth get back to high school after a mental health crisis and graduate with their peers. High school students whose education is interrupted because of a mental health emergency are disproportionately likely to drop out of school. Working under the supervision of program director Henry White, M.D., two school-based clinical coordinators provide clinical, academic, and family support for four to eight weeks. A full-time classroom aide helps students. Since the program’s launch, 17 other school districts in Massachusetts have adopted the BRYT model. Altogether, as many as 1,500 high school students have enrolled, and 95% have graduated with their peers.

Children’s Community Pediatrics Behavioral Health Services
Silver Achievement Award

In recognition of its innovative program that has introduced a culture change across a practice network, Children’s Community Pediatrics Behavioral Health Services (CCPBHS) will receive APA’s 2014 Silver Achievement Award. CCPBHS, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has built a program integrating primary and behavioral health care in the pediatric medical home. This helps provide critical early intervention services for behavioral health problems often not provided by pediatricians. CCPBHS “embeds” licensed therapists, supervised by psychiatrists, in a growing network of pediatric practices.

LifeWorks Shared Psychiatric Services
Bronze Achievement Award

LifeWorks Shared Psychiatric Services (SPS) was selected to receive APA’s 2014 Bronze Achievement Award for its family-focused approach to creating a pathway to stable care for hard-to-reach families. LifeWorks SPS, based in East Austin, Texas, helps prepare children and families with complex needs to receive and benefit from services. Since 2011, SPS has been providing psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, care coordination, and case management, with the goals of transitioning clients to a medical home or long-term provider and a payer source (private insurance or Medicaid).

Certificates of Achievement
This year three additional programs are being recognized with Certificates of Significant Achievement:

  • Behavioral Health Integration Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • GATE Utah (Giving Access to Everyone), Salt Lake City, UT
  • Mental Health Crisis Alliance, St. Paul, MN

The winning programs were selected by the Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards Committee, chaired by Gerard Gallucci, M.D., M.H.S., and the award program is supported by the American Psychiatric Association. Read more about the programs in Psychiatric Services (online Nov. 3).

The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society representing more than 35,000 physician members specializing in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses including substance use disorders. Visit the APA at www.psychiatry.org.




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