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SAMHSA News - January/February 2007, Volume 15, Number 1


New Science to Service Awards

SAMHSA recently issued a call for applications for the Agency’s new Science to Service Awards.

The new national program will recognize community-based organizations and coalitions that use evidence-based mental health and substance abuse interventions.

A maximum of three awards will be made in each of four categories:

  • Substance Abuse Prevention

  • Treatment of Substance Abuse and Recovery Support Services

  • Mental Health Promotion

  • Treatment of Mental Illness and Recovery Support Services.

Four review panels, which include national experts in the field, will rate applications in each category on community need, sustainability, implementation, and results.

Award recommendations will include the top three scores in each category. SAMHSA’s Office of the Administrator and the Agency’s Center Directors will review and approve finalists.

To be eligible for an award, an organization must have actually used a recognized evidence-based intervention. Both public sector (state, local, territorial, tribal) and private sector organizations are eligible.

For more information, visit the SAMHSA Web site at www.samhsa.gov/Spotlights/sciencetoservice.pdf.

Applications must be emailed by February 28, 2007, to dfixsen@fmhi.usf.edu. For community organizations without access to email, the application must be postmarked by midnight on February 28, and mailed to Dean Fixsen, Ph.D., Science to Service Award Coordinator, University of South Florida, 13301 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, MHC 2312, Tampa, FL 33612.

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