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 t
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