Honorees to Share their Stories at a Special Awards Ceremony on May 6, 2014, in Washington, D.C. featuring Guest Speaker, Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 6, 2014) ─ The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) will honor the Felton Institute’s PREP (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis) program today with its prestigious Science to Service Award.

PREP and fellow 2014 honorees will be recognized for their achievements at the Awards of Excellence celebration in Washington on Tuesday, May 6, in conjunction with the National Council’s Annual Conference. The conference will include some of the most recognized and influential leaders and advocates in the mental health field including Former Representative Patrick Kennedy and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Science to Service Award recognizes a behavioral health organization that is committed to innovation and has translated new research into practice to provide better care for persons with mental illness and improve treatment outcomes, who are innovative and transformative in bring improved care to persons with mental illness that translates into better care.

PREP is an evidenced‐based program founded and operated by the Felton Institute in partnership with the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).

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 sustainable remission. We define success as when patients learn to manage and cope with symptoms so they can achieve their life goals, graduate from college, form meaningful relationships, and live full lives.”

Serving over 250 clients each year, 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’s early results show dramatic improvements in outcomes for consumers, 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.

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.


Felton Institute responds to the needs of our community by providing innovative, evidence-informed social services to transform lives. Our organization offers 50+ programs that address mental health, the unhoused, early care and education, those impacted by the justice system, transitional age youth, as well as aging adults. Our award-winning programs, which have been recognized as national models, combine the latest scientific research with cultural sensitivity and a deep commitment to supporting and reflecting the communities we serve.

Founded in 1889, Felton is the oldest secular non-profit social services provider in the City and County of San Francisco. We have expanded our services across most Bay Area counties and continue to be at the forefront of pioneering new approaches to meet the emerging needs of underserved populations.

We know what it looks like to successfully build community.

We foster impactful change by strengthening the community as a premiere service provider. We also strengthen other service providers by supporting them in their fiscal, human resources, communications, IT and overall agency operations. With Felton’s support, they are able to focus on providing the best services to their clients, doing the work they were meant to do.

Felton empowers the community and ensures successful outcomes to all we engage with.

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