Rockville, MD – The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) has named three nonprofit organizations and one
individual as the recipients of the fifth annual APF Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health. The awards
were presented at the 2008 APF Annual Benefit in Washington, D.C. Each organization or individual was
presented a plaque, along with an award of $5,000 in honor of their work and commitment to advancing
minority mental health. The awards are made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Otsuka
America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
The following individual and organizations received an award:
• Francis G. Lu, M.D. received an award for his work in the Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco
General Hospital (SFGH) where he has worked since 1977. Dr. Lu developed the Ethnic/ Minority
Psychiatric Inpatient Programs at SFGH and is one of the founding Board members of the National Asian
American and Pacific Islander Mental Health Association. He produced a DVD titled “The Culture of
Emotions” that was based on the DSM-IV Outline for Cultural Formulation. He is also a member of the
California State Department of Mental Health, Cultural Competence Advisory Committee.
• Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, CT received an award for providing housing and services to homeless
male veterans and non-veterans who struggle with psychiatric and/or substance abuse problems. Homes for
the Brave (HFTB) provides case management, vocational education and training, job assistance, and
community life skills training. Through its services and collaborations, HFTB strives to prepare homeless
individuals with the life skills necessary to reenter the world as productive members of society.
• Housing Works in Brooklyn, NY received an award for the work it is doing to ensure that homeless and lowincome
people living with HIV/AIDS and their families have adequate housing, food, social support, drug
treatment, health care, and employment. Housing Works administers mental health services that address the
needs of triply diagnosed people living with HIV/AIDS who are also mentally ill and chemically dependent.
Mental health care services are provided for a total of 130 clients per year at three New York licensed AIDS
Adult Day Health Care programs. The sites provide primary care, syringe exchange, and supportive services
to HIV positive adults.
• Tristan’s Quest – Support for Kids of Incarcerated Parents (SKIP) Initiative in Greensboro, NC
received an award for leading the community to increase awareness of the mental and physical health risks
faced by children whose parent(s) are incarcerated. At the SKIP Initiative, children are given a safe place to
share their emotions about having a parent in prison. Throughout the school year, a variety of topics is
covered, including making good choices, setting goals, self-esteem, and how it feels to miss the incarcerated
parent. In May 2007, 78 children (85% of whom were African American) were attending SKIP groups at
eight elementary schools.
The American Psychiatric Foundation is also pleased to announce that four organizations have received an
Honorable Mention for the 2008 Advancing Minority Mental Health Awards.
• Barstow Acres Children’s Center in Frederick, MD is being honored for providing mental health and
enrichment services to children and families. Barstow Acres provides a 4-week summer camp that
promotes mental health in children. The camp specializes in providing anger management and the
development of social skills and various therapies that include play therapy, art therapy, sandplay therapy
and pet therapy.
• Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) in Chicago, IL is being honored for consistently
implementing successful, innovative approaches to provide mental health services to underserved and
minority populations throughout its 35-year history. These strategies include: actively recruiting staff and
clinical leadership to reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of its population served; hiring parent advocates
to breakdown cultural and racial barriers to treatment; and engaging in partnerships with other agencies to
reach ethnic populations culturally resistant to mental health services. Today, three-quarters of individuals
reached by C4 behavioral health services are African-American, Hispanic, Asian or of mixed race.
• Student National Medical Association at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in
Memphis, TN is being honored for its dedication to the recruitment and retention of minority medical
students; the development of culturally competent and clinically excellent physicians; and the delivery of
healthcare in the underserved populations.
• Venice Family Clinic’s (VFC) Mental Health Program in Venice, CA is being honored for providing
mental health services to nearly 2,500 people who are low-income, uninsured, or homeless who are without
other access to care. The clinic provides a range of services from individual therapy to support groups. In
the past five years, the Clinic has strengthened its expertise and specialty care capacity with volunteers and
community organizations and has launched a psychiatry residency training program with UCLA.
“We are proud to support the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health as part of our commitment to
help eliminate health disparities among underserved populations,” said Hiromi Yoshikawa, chairman and chief
executive officer of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. “Otsuka congratulates the award recipients and
applauds their efforts toward advancing minority mental health.”
“I congratulate all of the recipients of the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health, said
Richard K. Harding, M.D., American Psychiatric Foundation President. “It is through this award that
APF recognizes the commendable efforts of individuals and organizations that are making mental
health services available to underserved populations.”
About the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health
The American Psychiatric Foundation Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health honor
psychiatrists and mental health programs that are undertaking special efforts to increase public
awareness of mental health care, increasing access to mental health services, and enhancing the
quality of care for underserved minorities, especially those who suffer from severe mental illness.
About the American Psychiatric Foundation
The American Psychiatric Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the American
Psychiatric Association. The mission of the foundation is to advance understanding that mental illnesses
are real and can be effectively treated. For more information, please visit the foundation’s Web site at
About Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI) is a successful, innovative, fast-growing healthcare company
that commercializes Otsuka-discovered and other product opportunities in North America, with a strong focus
on and commitment to neuroscience, cardiovascular, oncologic, and gastrointestinal therapeutic treatments.
OAPI is dedicated to improving patients’ health and the quality of human life. The company is part of the
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Group, which is comprised of 99 companies and approximately 31,000 people in 18
countries and regions around the world. Otsuka and its consolidated subsidiaries earned US$7.2 billion in
annual revenues in fiscal 2006. OAPI is wholly owned by Otsuka America, Inc. (OAI), which is the holding
company for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.’s (OPC) interests in the US. OAI is wholly owned by OPC.
For additional information, please visit www.otsuka-us.com.