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2011 Outreach Partner Awardees

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has selected 28 new partners for its Outreach Partnership Program. This national outreach and education initiative recruits nonprofit organizations through a competitive expert review process. Outreach Partners have now been selected in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and, in partnership with NIMH, work to disseminate the latest mental health research findings, inform the public about mental disorders, and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

The new Outreach Partners are:

Location Name
Colorado Mental Health America of Colorado
Connecticut NAMI Connecticut
Florida Mental Health Association of Southeast Florida
Georgia Mental Health America of Georgia
Idaho Institute of Rural Health, Idaho State University
Kansas Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas
Kentucky Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky
Louisiana Mental Health America of Louisiana
Maine NAMI Maine in partnership with the Co-occurring Collaborative Serving Maine
Maryland Mental Health Association of Maryland
Massachusetts Massachusetts Association for Mental Health
Minnesota NAMI Minnesota
Nebraska University of Nebraska Medical Center, Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska
Nevada Nevada PEP
New Hampshire NAMI New Hampshire
New Jersey NAMI New Jersey
New Mexico University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
New York City Mental Health Association of New York City
New York State NAMI New York State
Ohio NAMI Ohio
South Carolina Federation of Families of South Carolina
Tennessee Tennessee Voices for Children
Texas Mental Health America of Texas
Texas East Texas Area Health Education Center
Utah NAMI Utah
Vermont Vermont Association for Mental Health
Virginia NAMI Virginia
Wisconsin Wisconsin Family Ties

For a complete list of Outreach Partners, please go to: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program/outreach-partners.shtml.

Outreach Partners disseminate NIMH research findings and educational materials statewide, and increase the public’s awareness about opportunities to benefit from participation in research. Additionally, Outreach Partners conduct targeted outreach to educate communities about mental disorders in children and adolescents, and/or mental health disparities that occur by race or ethnicity, age, education or income, disability status, geographic location, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified to be at-risk for health disparities such as immigrants, and military service members and their families. The Program also is an opportunity for Outreach Partners to dialogue with NIMH about the public health needs of communities within their states. This input provides NIMH with valuable insights as the Institute advances its research agenda to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.

Program benefits include a $7,500 award, access to NIMH bulk publications free of charge, networking opportunities with other state and national organizations, and sponsored participation in an annual meeting.

For more information on the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program, please visit us at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/outreach/partnership-program.