Awards Honoring Mental Health Programs Supported by a Grant from Otsuka
America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
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 the world as
productive members of society.
-- Housing Works in Brooklyn, NY received an award for the work it is
doing to ensure that homeless and low-income people living with
HIV/AIDS and their families have adequate housing, food, social
support, drug treatment, health care, and employment. Housing Works
administers mental health services that address the needs of triply
diagnosed people living with HIV/AIDS who are also mentally ill and
chemically dependent. Mental health care services are provided for a
total of 130 clients per year at three New York licensed AIDS Adult
Day Health Care programs. The sites provide primary care, syringe
exchange, and supportive services to HIV positive adults.
-- Tristan's Quest -- Support for Kids of Incarcerated Parents (SKIP)
Initiative in Greensboro, NC received an award for leading the
community to increase awareness of the mental and physical health
risks faced by children whose parent(s) are incarcerated. At the SKIP
Initiative, children are given a safe place to share their emotions
about having a parent in prison. Throughout the school year, a variety
of topics is covered, including making good choices, setting goals,
self-esteem, and how it feels to miss the incarcerated parent.
In May 2007, 78 children (85% of whom were African American) were
attending SKIP groups at eight elementary schools.
The American Psychiatric Foundation is also pleased to announce that
four organizations have received an Honorable Mention for the 2008
Advancing Minority Mental Health Awards.
-- Barstow Acres Children's Center in Frederick, MD is being honored for
providing mental health and enrichment services to children and
families. Barstow Acres provides a 4-week summer camp that promotes
mental health in children. The camp specializes in providing anger
management and the development of social skills and various therapies
that include play therapy, art therapy, sandplay therapy and pet
-- Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) in Chicago, IL is being
honored for consistently implementing successful, innovative
approaches to provide mental health services to underserved and
minority populations throughout its 35-year history. These strategies
include: actively recruiting staff and clinical leadership to reflect
the ethnic and racial diversity of its population served; hiring
parent advocates to breakdown cultural and racial barriers to
treatment; and engaging in partnerships with other agencies to reach
ethnic populations culturally resistant to mental health services.
Today, three-quarters of individuals reached by C4 behavioral health
services are African-American, Hispanic, Asian or of mixed race.
-- Student National Medical Association at the University of Tennessee
Health Science Center in Memphis, TN is being honored for its
dedication to the recruitment and retention of minority medical
students; the development of culturally competent and clinically
excellent physicians; and the delivery of healthcare in the
-- Venice Family Clinic's (VFC) Mental Health Program in Venice, CA is
being honored for providing mental health services to nearly 2,500
people who are low-income, uninsured, or homeless who are without
other access to care. The clinic provides a range of services from
individual therapy to support groups. In the past five years, the
Clinic has strengthened its expertise and specialty care capacity with
volunteers and community organizations and has launched a psychiatry
residency training program with UCLA.
"We are proud to support the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health as part of our commitment to help eliminate health disparities among underserved populations," said Hiromi Yoshikawa, chairman and chief executive officer of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. "Otsuka congratulates the award recipients and applauds their efforts toward advancing minority mental health."
"I congratulate all of the recipients of the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health, said Richard K. Harding, M.D., American Psychiatric Foundation President. "It is through this award that APF recognizes the commendable efforts of individuals and organizations that are making mental health services available to underserved populations."
About the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health
The American Psychiatric Foundation Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health honor psychiatrists and mental health programs that are undertaking special efforts to increase public awareness of mental health care, increasing access to mental health services, and enhancing the quality of care for underserved minorities, especially those who suffer from severe mental illness.
About the American Psychiatric Foundation
The American Psychiatric Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the American Psychiatric Association. The mission of the foundation is to advance understanding that mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated. For more information, please visit the foundation's Web site at http://www.psychfoundation.org.
About Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI) is a successful, innovative, fast-growing healthcare company that commercializes Otsuka-discovered and other product opportunities in North America, with a strong focus on and commitment to neuroscience, cardiovascular, oncologic, and gastrointestinal therapeutic treatments. OAPI is dedicated to improving patients' health and the quality of human life. The company is part of the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Group, which is comprised of 99 companies and approximately 31,000 people in 18 countries and regions around the world. Otsuka and its consolidated subsidiaries earned US$7.2 billion in annual revenues in fiscal 2006. OAPI is wholly owned by Otsuka America, Inc. (OAI), which is the holding company for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.'s (OPC) interests in the US. OAI is wholly owned by OPC. For additional information, please visit http://www.otsuka-us.com.
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