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SAMHSA Announces First Science and Service Award Winners
Date:9/11/2007

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has selected 20 organizations to receive the agency's inaugural Science and Service Awards. These awards recognize exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat mental illnesses and substance abuse.

The new annual awards program provides recognition to public sector organizations and community-based groups and coalitions that have worked to improve their communities and the lives of individuals by providing the best services possible.

"The success that these organizations have demonstrated and the positive impact that they've had on individuals and families is visible proof of the importance and direct benefit of using the latest strategies to prevent and treat mental illnesses and substance abuse in our communities," said SAMHSA Administrator Terry Cline, Ph.D.

Four awardees were chosen in each of five categories: substance abuse prevention; treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services; mental health promotion; treatment of mental illness and recovery support services; and co-occurring disorders.

The 20 awardees were selected based on independent reviews of 115 applications, as well as site visits. To be eligible for an award, an organization had to demonstrate successful implementation of a recognized evidence-based intervention, including interventions that have been published in the scientific literature and/or appear on a federal or state registry. Awards were made to the following organizations:

California

Ventura County Behavioral Health, Oxnard -- received an award in the co-occurring disorders category for implementing Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment.

Connecticut

Community Solutions, Inc, Windsor -- received an award in the treatment of mental illness and recovery support services category for implementing Multisystemic Therapy in the sta
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