Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health

The APF 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.

Congratulations to the 2013 Award recipients:The Latino Program at Positive Impact in Atlanta, GA; William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D. of Washington DC; LGBT Affirmative Action Program of South Beach Psychiatric Center in Brooklyn, NY; and Benjamin Woo, M.D. of Los Angeles, CA.

See a historical listing of all Award recipients here.

The 2014 Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health deadline has passed. The awards will be presented on Saturday, May 3 in New York City during the APA's Annual Meeting. Congratulations to this year's awardees, and check back soon to see who they are!

To apply:
Annually, please read both the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health brochure, and the instructions. The application form must be filled out completely, 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 APF at 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.