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American Psychiatric Foundation Announces Recipients of 2008 Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health
Date:5/6/2008

he 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


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