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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2009, Volume 17, Number 5 

2009 Science and Service Award Winners Announced

SAMHSA has selected 27 organizations to receive the Agency’s 2009 Science and Service Awards. These awards recognize exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions that have been shown to prevent or treat mental illnesses and substance abuse.

Now in its third year, this annual award program recognizes public- and private-sector organizations, as well as community-based coalitions, that have worked to improve their communities and the lives of individuals by providing the best services possible.

Logo for SAMHSA’s Science and Service Awards program

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
  • Co-occurring disorders.

A full list of 2009 awardees appears below.

To be eligible for these nonmonetary awards, an organization must demonstrate successful implementation of a recognized evidence-based intervention, including interventions that have been published in the scientific literature or appear on a Federal or state registry.

Find out more about SAMHSA’s Science and Service Awards.

2009 Awardees

State Organization
Alaska Southcentral Foundation
Arizona Pima Prevention Partnership (two awards)
Colorado Mental Health Center of Denver
Connecticut Advanced Behavioral Health
Connecticut Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Connecticut Connecticut Renaissance, Inc.
Connecticut Hartford Dispensary
Florida Operation PAR, Inc.
Florida The Village South
Illinois The DeKalb County Partnership for a Safe, Active and Family Environment
Illinois Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
Indiana LifeSpring, Inc.
Iowa Heartland Family Service
Kansas Valeo Behavioral Health Care, Inc.
Kentucky Chrysalis House, Inc.
Maryland Carroll County Local Management Board and Carroll County Youth Service Bureau, Inc.
Maryland People Encouraging People, Inc.
Maryland The Family Center at Kennedy Krieger Institute
Massachusetts Center for Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Prevention, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Massachusetts Community Development & Substance Abuse Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Minnesota Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Nebraska CenterPointe, Inc.
New York University at Albany, SUNY Counseling Center
Virginia Central Virginia Community Services
Virginia Chesterfield Department of Mental Health Support Services
Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Extension

  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience

Recovery: A Philosophy of Hope and Resilience

  Treatment Updates  
Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

Treating Alcohol Disorders with Medication

A set of guidelines for use of effective medications, such as naltrexone.

Guidance for Change

Guidance for Change

Substance abuse treatment programs: Here’s a way to integrate evidence-based practices into their services.

Treating Opioid Addiction

Treating Opioid Addiction

Three new educational brochures for patients on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction are available.

  Suicide Awareness  
Dealing with Suicide Loss

Dealing with Suicide Loss

To help support survivors of suicide loss, a new guide for funeral directors.

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

National Study on Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Nearly 8.3 million adults had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year.

Recent Awards

Recent Awards

Millions of dollars in SAMHSA funding is heading to state and community programs.

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Tips on Writing a Winning Proposal

Boost your chances of crafting a winning grant proposal by following an expert’s advice.

Highlights of Recent Conference

Highlights of Recent Conference

New ways to engage partners and the public in improving health through an ongoing dialogue.

Strategic Communications Framework

Public health practice aligns with evidence-based communications to help establish “a common language.”

  Recovery Month  
Recovery Month Launched

Recovery Month Launched

20th anniversary events across the country marked this year’s celebrations, which included a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photo Gallery

SAMHSA’s Dr. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, joined other VIPs to celebrate.

  New Survey Data  
National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

National Survey Shows Overall Drug Use Steady at 8 Percent

Among 12- to 17-year-olds, a significant decline was reported in past-month illicit drug use.

  Prevention Update  
FASD Awareness Day

FASD Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day emphasized the message, “If you’re pregnant, don’t drink alcohol.”

  Special Populations  


An annual average of 2.6 million Hispanics age 12 or older needed alcohol use treatment in the past year.

American Indians

A recent report examines the 335 identified facilities serving the American Indian and Alaska Native population in 2007.

Race and Ethnicity

New data focus on the need for treatment for substance use and depression among adults age 18 or older by race/ethnicity.

  Also in this Issue  
Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Statistics on Mental Health Groups

Of the 28.8 million adults who received mental health treatment in the past year, about 5.5 percent also received support from a self-help group.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Categories for this year’s awards to 27 organizations included substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services, and more.

GlassBook Project

GlassBook Project

Trauma awareness through art was the topic of a recent presentation as part of SAMHSA’s Consumer Affairs Seminar Series.

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