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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 state of Georgia.

Colorado

Kremmeling Communities That Care, Kremmeling -- received an award in the mental health promotion category for implementing All Stars and Family Matters.

Florida

Sutton Place Behavioral Health, Fernandina Beach -- received an award in the substance abuse prevention category for implementing Project SUCCESS (Schools Using Coordinated Community Efforts to Strengthen Students).

Georgia

The DeKalb County School System Prevention/Intervention Department, Stone Mountain -- received an award in the mental health promotion category for implementing the Nurturing Parenting Program.

Illinois

Thresholds, Chicago -- received an award in the co-occurring disorders category for implementing Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment.

Maine

NAMI Maine, Augusta -- received an award in the treatment of mental illness and recovery support services category for implementing Crisis Intervention Team.

Maryland

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Mental Hygiene Administration, Baltimore -- received an award in the treatment of mental illness and recovery support services category for implementing Supported Employment.

New Hampshire

The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, Manchester -- received an award in the co-occurring disorders category for implementing Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment.

New Mexico

THE LIFE LINK, Santa Fe -- received an award in the treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services category for implementing Community Reinforcement and Family Training.

Ohio

Central Clinic, Court Clinic, Cincinnati -- received an award in the treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services category for implementing Helping Women Recover and Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment.

Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center, Greenfield -- received an award in the co-occurring disorders category for implementing Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Mental Illness Assertive Community Treatment Re-entry Team.

Oregon

Morrison Child and Family Services, Portland -- received an award in the mental health promotion category for implementing the Incredible Years Program.

Pennsylvania

Hempfield Behavioral Health, Inc., Harrisburg -- received an award in the treatment of mental illness and recovery support services category for implementing Multisystemic Therapy.

Texas

Care for Elders, Houston -- received an award in the mental health promotion category for implementing Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors).

Santa Fe Adolescent Services, Ft. Worth -- received an award in the substance abuse prevention category for implementing the Reconnecting Youth, Strengthening Families, and Second Step Violence Prevention Programs.

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Houston -- received an award in the substance abuse prevention category for implementing LifeSkills Training.

Travis County Juvenile Probation Department, Austin -- received an award in the treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services category for implementing the Juvenile Justice Integrated Network.

Washington

Granite Falls School District, Granite Falls -- received an award in the substance abuse prevention category for implementing LifeSkills Training.

King County Mental Health Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division, Seattle -- received an award in the treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services category for implementing Global Appraisal of Individual Needs.

More information on these awardees is available through the Science and Service Awards page on SAMHSA's Web site at http://www.samhsa.gov/scienceandservice/.

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health services delivery systems.


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