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SAMHSA Announces First Science and Service Award Winners
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:
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.
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.
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 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 system.
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