Press Release (2/12/2014)

Contact:  Peter Anning                            Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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VA Medical Center’s Outreach Program at City College
Gets APA Psychiatric Services Award

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the San Francisco VA Medical Center will honor CCSF’s Chancellor Tyler by presenting him with the APA’s Psychiatric Services Achievement award on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, on campus in the Cloud Hall plaza, between Cloud Hall and the Science Building. The CCSF Veteran's Alliance, the Veteran’s club on campus, will be hosting a barbecue fundraiser as part of this event, taking place from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. In case of rain, the award will be presented in the adjacent lounge.

In October of 2013, The American Psychiatric Association (APA) presented its Silver 2013 APA Psychiatric Services Achievement Award to the San Francisco VA Medical Center’s (SFVAMC) Veterans Outreach Program at City College of San Francisco (CCSF). CCSF’s Veteran Outreach Program, whose services are provided by SFVAMC, was recognized for its innovative program that provides accessible mental health services for Veterans enrolled in college, and gives Veterans access to a supportive network of on-campus peers. “Transition from military life to college life can be difficult,” said Keith Armstrong, LCSW, who directs the program. “Our outreach program helps Veterans to succeed by providing them with comprehensive, specialty mental health care on campus.”

“This award signifies a successful marriage between two institutions (SFVAMC and CCSF) that have both kept student Veterans at the forefront. They’ve done something that not too many places have done well—which is making sure that our student Veterans come first,” said Armstrong.

The winning program was selected from among 27 applications reviewed by the 2013 Achievement Awards committee. The APA is a national medical society whose physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders.