The American Psychiatric Association honored four outstanding mental health programs in an awards presentation on October 27 at the opening session of the Institute on Psychiatric Services in San Francisco. The Burke Center's Mental Health Emergency Center, Lufkin, Texas, has won the Gold Achievement Award in the category of community-based programs for its innovative approachin bringing comprehensive psychiatric emergency services to rural communities in 12 counties of eastern Texas. In the category of academically or institutionally sponsored programs, the Culturally Sensitive Collaborative Treatment Program, South Cove Community Mental Health Center, Boston, Massachusetts, has won the Gold Achievement Award for providing culturally sensitive collaborative treatment of depression among Chinese Americans in primary care.
In addition, a Silver Award was presented to the Statewide Telepsychiatry Initiative of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health in collaboration with the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina, and a Bronze Award was presented to the White Mountain Apache Suicide Surveillance and Prevention System, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, White Mountain Apache Reservation, Whiteriver, Arizona.
Administrative costs associated with the awards process were supported by a grant from Pfizer Inc. All award winners received plaques during the awards ceremony. The winning programs were selected from among 28 applications reviewed by the 2011 Achievement Awards Committee, chaired by Gerard Gallucci, M.D., M.H.S. The awards have been presented since 1949.