APA Gives Back Program supports Safe Horizon: The Streetwork Project

New York – As part of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) annual “APA Gives Back” program, APA President Anita Everett, M.D., presented a donation of more than $11,400 to this year’s recipient, Safe Horizon: The Streetwork Project, during the Opening Session of the APA Annual Meeting here. Lisa O’Connor, Safe Horizon Chief Program Officer, accepted the check on behalf of the organization.

Now in its ninth year, the APA Gives Back program provides an opportunity for APA, its members, and Annual Meeting attendees to support a community mental health organization in the city hosting the Annual Meeting. The APA matches donations dollar for dollar. Since 2010, APA and members and attendees have donated more than $147,000 through the program.

“We are pleased to be able to show our support for the important work of The Streetwork Project, which helps thousands of vulnerable young people in need,” Everett said.

Safe Horizon is a victim-assistance nonprofit that has been helping victims of violence and abuse in New York City since 1978. Safe Horizon provides assistance, advocacy and support to victims who have experienced domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, youth homelessness and other crimes. Programs include a victim’s hotline, legal services, counseling, crime assistance program and domestic violence shelters.

Safe Horizon’s Streetwork project serves homeless youth and young adults up to age 25, helping them find stability. The Streetwork Project’s drop-in centers offer youth a safe non-judgmental place where they can get help with daily necessities, medical and mental health care, legal help, and more. The program also has street outreach teams that go out into the community and bring and offer information about options and services. The teams make more than 13,000 contacts with homeless young people each year.

Contributions can continue to be made through APA’s registration system for the Annual Meeting at psychiatry.org/annualmeeting.

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,800 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information please visit www.psychiatry.org.

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