Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health

The American Psychiatric Association Foundation Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health, formerly known as the Minority Mental Health Awards, were established in 2003 by the foundation with the support of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI). The awards recognize psychiatrists, other health professionals, mental health programs and other organizations that have undertaken innovative and supportive efforts to:

  • Raise awareness of mental illness in underserved minority communities, the need for early recognition, the availability of treatment and how to access it, and the cultural barriers to treatment.
  • Increase access to quality mental health services for underserved minorities.
  • Improve the quality of care for underserved minorities, particularly those in the public health system or with severe mental illness.

Awards in the amount of $5,000 are given each year.


View a historical listing of all past recipients.


Applications must be received by our office by January 20, 2017.

Recipients will be notified in March 2017. The awards will be presented in San Diego during the APA's Annual Meeting.


Health and mental health professionals, mental health programs and organizations, and others which have addressed minority mental health as outlined above. Psychiatrists and other health professionals must be licensed and/or accredited in the state in which you/they practice. Past award recipients are ineligible, unless applying for recognition of a new initiative, achievement, or program. Mental health programs and organizations must have been in operation for at least two years before the application deadline (this includes new initiatives for past recipients).

To apply:

Annually, please read the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health application, which contains eligibility requirements as well as instructions for applying.

The application form must be filled out entirely, either printed legibly or may be typed. Three (3) copies plus one original of your application packet must be mailed. Applications recieved electronically or in other non-hard copy form will not be considered.

Send your application packet to APA Foundation, Attn: Lilia Coffin, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825, Arlington, VA 22209.


If you, or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, click here for a list of resources.