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APA Institute
Programs With Family Focus Win APA Gold Awards
Psychiatric News
Volume 38 Number 23 page 15-15

Two programs that support parents with mental illness and benefit seriously mentally ill children and adolescents on an inpatient unit were awarded APA’s 2003 Psychiatric Services Gold Awards at last month’s Institute on Psychiatric Services. The winners were selected from two categories: smaller, community-based programs and large academically or institutionally based programs. In addition to a plaque, each program was presented a check in the amount of $10,000 as an unrestricted cash grant from Pfizer Inc.

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Clifton Tennison Jr., M.D. (left), chair of APA’s 2003 Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards Committee, and Grace Monica Cotelingam, M.D. (second from left), the APA/Bristol-Myers Squibb fellowship liaison to the committee, gather with Kit Kinneen Crane, L.I.C.S.W. (center), and Susan Totten, L.M.S.W., of the Family Support Services/PACE program of the Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa. Presenting the award check is Hugh F. McGlone Jr. of Pfizer Inc. The program won APA’s 2003 Gold Achievement Award for small, community-based programs.

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Tennison poses with Kathleen Regan, R.N., and Bruce Hassuk, M.D., of the Open Arms Program of the Cambridge Health Alliance Child Assessment Unit in Cambridge, Mass. This program won APA’s 2003 Gold Award for large academically or institutionally based programs.

The large academic or institutional Gold Award was presented to the Open Arms Program of the Cambridge Health Alliance Child Assessment Unit (CAU) in Cambridge, Mass., for its implementation of a dramatic culture change on an inpatient unit for children and adolescents with serious psychiatric problems.

The CAU’s medical director, Bruce Hassuk, M.D., and nurse manager, Kathleen Regan, R.N., developed a set of core values for the way children would be treated on the CAU by implementing the Open Arms Program, representing a new culture and a total restructuring of inpatient psychiatric care for children. Their goal was to provide more humane psychiatric care to children by balancing the dangers associated with aggressive behavior with a desire to manage such behavior with less-restrictive interventions. They wanted to move away from a limit-setting, consequence-based culture of "teaching life lessons" to children by punishing them for their behaviors.

In lieu of the certificates of significant achievement presented in past years, APA also presented Silver and Bronze Awards. Silver Awards were presented to Innovations and the Neurobehavioral Center—two programs of the CARITAS Peace Center in Louisville, Ky.—and to Southeast Mental Health Services in La Junta, Colo. Bronze Awards were presented to the Sinnissippi Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Service Enhancement program in rural northwestern Illinois and to the Summit County (Ohio) Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board. All Silver and Bronze Award winners were presented with plaques during the awards ceremony. ▪

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Clifton Tennison Jr., M.D. (left), chair of APA’s 2003 Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards Committee, and Grace Monica Cotelingam, M.D. (second from left), the APA/Bristol-Myers Squibb fellowship liaison to the committee, gather with Kit Kinneen Crane, L.I.C.S.W. (center), and Susan Totten, L.M.S.W., of the Family Support Services/PACE program of the Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa. Presenting the award check is Hugh F. McGlone Jr. of Pfizer Inc. The program won APA’s 2003 Gold Achievement Award for small, community-based programs.

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Tennison poses with Kathleen Regan, R.N., and Bruce Hassuk, M.D., of the Open Arms Program of the Cambridge Health Alliance Child Assessment Unit in Cambridge, Mass. This program won APA’s 2003 Gold Award for large academically or institutionally based programs.

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