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. #####

About The Felton Institute

Founded in 1889, 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.

Felton’s PREP program provides services in five Northern and Central California Counties: Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Joaquin, and Monterey. A rigorous, data driven program using five evidence‐ based practices in synergy, PREP’s comprehensive treatment approach includes care management, algorithm guided medication management, individual and family group therapy, and educational and vocational counseling to help clients and their families manage the disease over the course of a lifetime. Key program partners include UCSF, East Bay Community Recovery Project, Sojourner Truth Foster Family Agency, the Mental Health Association of Alameda, and the behavioral health services departments of all five counties. The Mental Health Association of San Francisco was also a founding partner. Learn more at: prepwellness.org and Felton.org.

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