Caring for Every Child's Mental Health

The Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Recognition Program

The Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Recognition Program showcases and celebrates the outstanding achievements of grantees.

The ECCO Recognition Program is sponsored by SAMHSA’s Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. It showcases and celebrates the talents, strengths, and successes of grantees that build community-based programs incorporating “systems of care” for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. The Program also provides an opportunity for grantees to learn from others.

Learn more about the award process by reviewing the 2014 ECCO Recognition Program Call for Entries (PDF | 1.7 MB). Also learn more about the 2014 ECCO finalists.

ECCO categories reflect audiences most often identified in the communications/social marketing plans of system-of-care grantees and the strategies they use to reach their intended audiences.

2014 ECCO entrants were allowed to submit one entry in up to two categories—one for the entry audience and one for its strategy.

In 2014, ECCO awards were given in the following categories:

Audience categories

  • Parents and Caregivers
  • Children, Youth, and Young Adults
  • Professionals
  • Internal Constituents

Strategy categories

  • National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
  • Media Outreach
  • Communications/Social Marketing Planning
  • Partnership Development

Grantees who are interested in participating or have any questions about ECCO awards should email

Last Updated: 08/06/2014