Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards

Since 1949, the Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards have recognized creative models of service delivery and innovative programs for persons with mental illness or disabilities. Each year APA bestows two Gold Awards — one for a community-based program and one for an institutionally based program — plus a Silver and a Bronze Award.

View the 2016–2017 Award Recipients.

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Number of awards given each year

Up to four


  • $3,500 for gold, $2,000 for silver, $1,000 for bronze
  • Plaque
  • Award workshop
  • Coverage in two APA publications: Psychiatric News and Psychiatric Services


  • Programs based in a U.S. or Canadian school, clinic, hospital, or community
  • Programs in full operation for a minimum of two years before posted application deadline
  • Programs that have made a significant contribution to the mental health field and provide an innovative model for others
    • can provide unique human resource development, prevention, or administrative models that improve clinical care

Nomination Requirements

  • Verification of all eligibility requirements
  • Description of ways staff has overcome obstacles and barriers or has extended resources and funding
  • Verification of program’s effectiveness and focus on quality improvement through use of quality assurance measures, quality improvement methods, UR, outcome measures, etc
  • Documentation of program’s staffing and the role of each staff member, including of the psychiatrist
  • Documentation of involvement of consumers and/or family members
  • List of funding sources during the last fiscal year and amounts of funding


June 19

Award Notification


Award Presentation

Presented during the opening session of the APA Institute on Psychiatric Service; award workshop presented afterward.

Staff Contact

Michelle Dirst
(202) 559-3716


APA Awards

Each year APA honors individuals for career recognition, lifetime service, outstanding research, and other categories that improve the lives of people with mental illness.

Nominations Sought

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Award Recipients

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2018 Annual Meeting
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Sat,  May  05 - Wed,  May  09
2018 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Thur,  Oct  04 - Sun,  Oct  07