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    Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health

    Recognizing Innovation and Excellence

    The Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health were established in 2003 by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) to recognize community organizations that have undertaken innovative and supportive efforts to:

    • Raise awareness in underserved minority communities about mental illness including the need for early recognition, access to and the availability of treatment, and the cultural barriers to treatment.
    • Increase access to quality mental health services for underserved minorities.
    • Improve the quality of care for underserved minorities, particularly those in the public health system or with severe mental illness.

    Since being established, APAF has recognized 99 community-based organizations with awards totaling $495,000.

    Recipients of the 2023 Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health will receive an award check in the amount of $5,000, a plaque acknowledging their receipt of this award, and recognition in APA and APAF publications and websites. In addition, award recipients and their programs will be recognized at a APAF event during the 2023 APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

    The 2022 application cycle is now closed. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply in the future, please visit our application page.

    2019 Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health Recipients
    Recipients of 2019's Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health with APA CEO/Medical Director, Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. and APAF Board Members.

    Awards Contact

    Lilia Coffin
    Program Coordinator