The Voice Awards program provides a unique opportunity to educate the general public about mental and substance use disorders and change how they understand and accept people with behavioral health problems.
If you are interested in learning more about the awards program or becoming a program partner, please contact the Voice Awards team at 202–248-5457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAMHSA is proud to acknowledge the invaluable assistance and support provided by all of the 2013 Voice Awards program partners. Without their help the 2013 awards program would not have been possible.
Thank You to Our 2013 Program Partners:
American Counseling Association
As the world’s largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings, the American Counseling Association (ACA) stands ready to serve more than 53,000 members with the resources they need to make a difference. From Webinars, publications, and journals to conference education sessions and legislative action alerts, ACA is where counseling professionals turn for powerful, credible content and support.
The American Occupational Therapy Association
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association for occupational therapy practitioners, researchers, and students. The origins of occupational therapy are rooted in mental health and the early 20th century’s mental health movement. Occupational therapy’s purpose is to increase an individual’s ability to live independently and productively, engaging in meaningful life roles of their choice. AOTA’s major programs and activities support quality occupational therapy services, improving consumer access to health care services, and promoting the professional development of members.
American Psychiatric Foundation
The American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) is the philanthropic and educational arm of the American Psychiatric Association. APF’s mission is to advance mental health, overcome mental illness, and eliminate stigma. To accomplish this, APF promotes awareness of mental illnesses and the effectiveness of treatment; the importance of early intervention and access to care; and the need for high-quality services and treatment through a combination of public and professional education, research, research training, grants, and awards.
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
With more than 9,000 members, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) provides continuing nursing education; resources for established, emerging, and prospective psychiatric mental health (PMH) nurses; and a community of collaboration. APNA champions PMH nursing and advocates for mental health care through the development of key issue positions, dissemination of current knowledge and developments in PMH nursing, and collaboration with consumers to promote evidence-based advances in recovery-focused assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of people with mental illness and substance use disorders.
American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 State, territorial, and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.
California Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The California Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CAL-ACAP), a 501-C6 compliant organization, is the statewide umbrella organization that draws together the four regional branches of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in California. Its purpose and mission is to represent the interests of the four regional organizations in California’s legislative process, public policymaking, and clinical service administration as it finds them relevant to the mental health of California’s children, adolescents, and families.
The Carter Center Mental Health Program
Under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the Carter Center Mental Health Program works to promote awareness about mental health issues, inform public policy, achieve equity for mental health care comparable to other health care, and reduce stigma and discrimination against those with mental illnesses. The program is known for acting as an honest broker between stakeholders, policymakers, and consumers of mental health services to support reform and improvement in the field.
The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors
The Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors (The Caucus) is the television industry’s only coalition of the creative talents that bear primary responsibility for the origination of television programs. Founded in 1974, The Caucus protects and actively promotes the artistic, intellectual, and economic rights of producers, writers, and directors and provides a forum for the best and brightest creative talent in Hollywood to network together as the “creative conscience” of the television industry. The Caucus also supports new producers, writers, and directors through The Caucus Foundation Student Grants.
The Creative Coalition
The Creative Coalition (TCC) is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan, social and political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 by prominent figures in the creative community, TCC is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance, specifically in the areas of First Amendment rights, arts advocacy, public education, and anti-bullying. In 2012, TCC launched the Arts Corps, a volunteer brigade of high-profile artists and entertainment industry leaders who advocate for arts in education on the State and local levels.
Directors Guild of America
In the 77 years since its founding in 1936, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has fought for the economic and creative rights of its members; protected their ability to financially benefit from the reuse of their work; founded strong pension and health plans; and established jurisdiction in new technologies and distribution platforms. Today, DGA represents 15,000 directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, and new media.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) is the largest county mental health department in the country, with 75 operating program sites and more than 100 co-located sites. LACDMH contracts with approximately 1,000 providers, including non-governmental agencies and individual practitioners, who provide a spectrum of mental health services to people of all ages to support hope, wellness, and recovery. LACDMH works with its stakeholders and community partners to provide clinically competent, culturally sensitive, and linguistically appropriate services in the least restrictive manner possible.
Mental Health America
Mental Health America, the leading advocacy organization addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide, works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans. With over a century of experience, MHA’s actions inform, support, and enable mental wellness, and emphasize recovery from mental illness. Our 240 affiliates in 41 States represent a potent voice for healthy communities throughout the Nation.
Mental Health Media Partnership
Working with the entertainment industry to promote accuracy and understanding of mental health issues, the Mental Health Media Partnership (MHMP) has partnered with several entertainment organizations and film companies to co-host special screenings and panel discussions of mental health related productions. MHMP also consults on mental health storylines/issues for screenwriters, television programs, and film productions.
NAADAC – The Association for Addiction Professionals
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 75,000 addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC’s members specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the health care continuum, NAADAC members and its 44 State affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families, and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment, and recovery support.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research, and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.
National Association of Broadcasters
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is the voice for the Nation’s radio and television broadcasters. As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of its members in Federal government, industry, and public affairs; improves the quality and profitability of broadcasting; encourages content and technology innovation; and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities. NAB delivers value to its members through advocacy, education, and innovation.
National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors
The National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD) is the only national voice for county and local government behavioral health and developmental disability authorities. Through education, policy analysis, and advocacy, NACBHDD fulfills its mission to assure that national policy and funding recognize and support county and other local government authorities that are responsible for the development and management of publicly funded systems of care for people affected by mental illness, addiction, and developmental disabilities.
National Association of Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with nearly 140,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) is a private nonprofit organization that represents the $37.6 billion public mental health system serving 7.1 million people annually in all 50 States, four territories, and the District of Columbia. NASMHPD perceives mental health as essential to overall health and advocates for services that are recovery-oriented, person- and family-centered, and trauma-informed, in order for people with serious mental illnesses to live long and healthy lives.
National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations and the pioneer of Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. Together with its 2,000 member organizations, it serves the Nation’s most vulnerable citizens—the more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. The National Council is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life.
Producers Guild of America
The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is the nonprofit trade group that represents, protects, and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television, and new media. The PGA has more than 5,000 members who work together to protect and improve their careers, the industry, and their community by providing employment and networking tools, facilitating members’ health benefits, encouraging enforcement of workplace labor laws, and promoting fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, as well as other education and advocacy efforts.
Project Return Peer Support Network
Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN) is Los Angeles County’s premier nonprofit organization run by and for people living with mental illness. As its core purpose, PRPSN demonstrates that self-help is a valuable part of the recovery process. PRPSN promotes wellness, personal growth, and self-determination for people who have experienced mental illness by providing social opportunities, education, community involvement, and peer-to-peer support to help individuals reach their personal goals.
SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) represents more than 165,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters, journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists, and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.
Writers Guild of America, West
The Writers Guild of America, West is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels.