The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) honored Felton
(Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis) program with its
prestigious Science to Service Award at its annual Awards of
Excellence gala honoring achievements in mental health.
was recognized at the Awards of Excellence celebration in
conjunction with the National Council's Annual Conference. The
conference features influential leaders in the mental health field
including Former Representative Patrick Kennedy and Former Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
to Service Award recognizes an innovative behavioral health
organization committed to innovation that has translated new research
into practice to provide better care for persons with mental illness and
improve treatment outcomes.
Founded and operated by the Felton
Institute in partnership with the University of California at San
Francisco (UCSF) and other community partners, PREP provides services
using five evidence-based practices in synergy.
According to Felton President and CEO Bob Bennett, "PREP's vision is to
transform the treatment and perception of psychosis - and by extension
the lives of young people and their families - by intervening early with
culturally competent diagnosis and treatment, with the goal of achieving
PREP's early results show dramatic improvements in outcomes for clients,
including 70% reduction in hospitalizations and psychiatric crisis, a
near doubling of participation in work and school within one year, and
increases in social functioning and cognitive capacity.
Serving over 250 clients each year in five Northern California counties,
PREP is one of the largest outpatient treatment programs for early
psychosis in the U.S. In 2013, Felton established the BEAM
(Bipolar Early Assessment Management) program to take a similar
approach to bipolar I disorder.
PREP is funded in part through a Centers
for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), Center for Medicare and
Medicaid Innovation Award, through Funding Opportunity Number
CMS-1C1-12-0001. The contents of this press release are solely the
responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the
official views of HHS or any of its agencies.
To see a complete list of honorees, visit www.thenationalcouncil.org/about/awards.
About The Felton Institute
Founded in 1889 in San Francisco, California, the Felton
Institute has been at the forefront of social service innovation,
pioneering development of new approaches to meet emerging needs of
underserved populations with cutting edge social services and treatment
that combine the best social science research with cultural sensitivity,
a deep respect for the consumer, and a commitment to social justice.
Learn more at Felton.org
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