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American Psychiatric Foundation Announces Recipients of 2008 Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health

Awards Honoring Mental Health Programs Supported by a Grant from Otsuka

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ROCKVILLE, Md., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) has named three nonprofit organizations and one individual as the recipients of the fifth annual APF Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health. The awards were presented at the 2008 APF Annual Benefit in Washington, D.C. Each organization or individual was presented a plaque, along with an award of $5,000 in honor of their work and commitment to advancing minority mental health. The awards are made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

The following individual and organizations received an award:

-- Francis G. Lu, M.D. received an award for his work in the Department

of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) where he has

worked since 1977. Dr. Lu developed the Ethnic/ Minority Psychiatric

Inpatient Programs at SFGH and is one of the founding Board members of

the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Mental Health

Association. He produced a DVD titled "The Culture of Emotions" that

was based on the DSM-IV Outline for Cultural Formulation. He is also

a member of the California State Department of Mental Health, Cultural

Competence Advisory Committee.

-- Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, CT received an award for providing

housing and services to homeless male veterans and non-veterans who

struggle with psychiatric and/or substance abuse problems. Homes for

the Brave (HFTB) provides case management, vocational education and

training, job assistance, and community life skills training. Through

its services and collaborations, HFTB strives to prepare homeless

individuals with the life skills necessary to reenter t

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