The American Psychiatric Association Foundation's Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health, formerly known as the Minority Mental Health Awards, were established in 2003 by the Foundation with the generous support of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI).
Each year, the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health recognize outstanding psychiatrists, health professionals, mental health programs and community organizations that have undertaken innovative and supportive efforts to:
Raise awareness of mental illness in under-served minority communities, the need for early recognition, the availability of treatment and how to access it, and the cultural barriers to treatment.
Increase access to quality mental health services for under-served minority communities.
Improve the quality of care for under-served minority populations, particularly those in the public health system or with severe mental illness.
The Awards include a financial contribution of $5,000 given to the recipient individual or designated charitable program.