2014 Community Innovation Award Winners

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Connect 4 Mental Health® Recognizes Four Organizations Exhibiting Innovative Work

C4MH is pleased to highlight winners of the 2014 Community Innovation Awards program, all of which exemplify C4MH’s mission, and have demonstrated innovative work in the four C4MH pillars. Winners will receive a $10,000 award and access to a one-on-one mentorship program, allowing them to learn from exemplary community-based programs that were recognized as “national success communities” in 2013.

Early intervention

NAMI - Collier County

NAMI of Collier County (Naples, FL) provides a comprehensive array of services to support individuals living with mental illness. The organization’s Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS) program, part of a broader mental health initiative known as “Beautiful Minds,” provides universal screenings to support the early identification of behavioral health problems in at-risk children up to age 18. The HUGS program has served more than 3,000 low-income, at-risk youth since 2010.

Learn More at www.namicollier.org

Creative Use of Technology

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line (CTL) (New York, NY) is the first nationwide, free, 24/7 text hotline for teens experiencing any type of crisis, including mental health-related issues like anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. In partnership with select crisis centers across the country, CTL hosts a network of 230 trained counselors (as of November 2014), who provide individualized support to teens using CTL’s software. CTL has exchanged more than 3.9 million messages with individuals in need since launching as a pilot program in August of 2013.

Learn More at www.crisistextline.org

Continuity of Care

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center

Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center (CDMHC) (Charleston and Summerville, SC) provides emergency services, case management, and evidence- based outpatient counseling and psychiatric treatment for children, adolescents, adults and families. CDMHC’s Assessment/Mobile Crisis Program (A/MC) offers the only 24/7 psychiatric emergency response and intake team in South Carolina, responding to critical mental health issues anywhere in the area that would otherwise go un-served. Between July 2013 and June 2014, the A/MC team helped to prevent 2,080 emergency department admissions, successfully diverting many of those patients to outpatient services.

Learn More at www.charlestondorchestermhc.org

Service Integration

Robert Young Cente

The Robert Young Center (RYC) (Moline, IL) is a comprehensive community mental health center and a fully integrated corporation within UnityPoint Health – Trinity. The RYC has partnered with the local Federally Qualified Community Health Care (CHC) Center in Iowa and Illinois to provide bidirectional integration of primary and behavioral healthcare for individuals with serious mental illness. Through this model, the RYC has helped integrate health services for individuals with serious mental illness, and has saved the state of Illinois more than $8.2 million in Medicaid costs since 2009.

Learn More at www.unitypoint.org

Get Inspiration from Our Mentors. Be the Next Model for Change.

The original C4MH “success communities” share best practices for community organizations to consider as they establish or improve upon their mental health programs or service offerings. Click below to learn more!

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