Integration of Community Psychiatry Into Primary Care Centers in Harris County, Texas: Harris County Hospital District Community Behavioral Health Program, Houston

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The 2007 Achievement Award WinnersThe American Psychiatric Association will honor four outstanding mental health programs in an awards presentation on October 11 at the opening session of the Institute on Psychiatric Services in New Orleans. The Harris County Hospital District Community Behavioral Health Program in Houston has won the Gold Achievement Award in the category of community-based programs for its creative integration of psychiatric care with primary care, for expanding capacity to address severe shortages in psychiatric services, and for improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness. In the category of academically or institutionally sponsored programs, the Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service at Yale University's Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut, has won the Gold Achievement Award for its exemplary family oriented, home-based intervention program that has been proven to help children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances who are at risk of institutionalization. Both of these programs will receive a $7,500 prize made possible by a grant from Pfizer, Inc. In addition, a Silver Award will be presented to the Early Assessment and Support Team, Mid-Valley Behavioral Care Network, Salem, Oregon, and a Bronze Award will be presented to the Deaf Wellness Center at University of Rochester Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry in Rochester, New York. Both award winners will be presented with plaques during the awards ceremony. The winning programs were selected by the 2007 Achievement Awards Committee, chaired by Joel S. Feiner, M.D. The awards have been presented annually since 1949.

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