AHP Wins Gold Achievement Award


AHP Director Dr. James Dilley, 2014 Gold Achievement Award

We are thrilled to report that AHP was presented with 2014 Gold Achievement Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the 66th Institute on Psychiatric Services in San Francisco. The award recognizes AHPs success as a community psychiatry program that initially  responded to the AIDS epidemic and, most recently, in response to health disparities within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

The 2014 Gold Achievement Award is a welcome acknowledgement of AHP’s 30 years of innovative community service. Founded as the AIDS Health Project in 1984, AHP has pioneered a variety of programs that have become national models. In 1985, AHP developed the first HIV antibody test counseling protocol in the world, which highlighted client-centered counseling and was adapted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and applied throughout the state of California.

From 2003-2009, AHP developed Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC), a cognitive-behavioral counseling approach to reduce sexual risk behavior among gay and bisexual men at highest risk of HIV. It has been designated a “Best Evidence” HIV/AIDS prevention behavioral intervention by the CDC and is now being distributed nationwide. Other AHP programs that have become national models include Assertive Case Management and the AIDS and Substance Abuse Program Plus. In 2013, the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists presented AHP with the Stuart Nichols Award for outstanding achievements in LGBT community mental health.

The goal of the APA’s Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards is to recognize and publicize national models of creative service delivery. The awards have been presented since 1949 to innovative programs that deliver services to people with mental illness or disabilities, have overcome obstacles, and can serve as models for other programs. The APA, the world’s largest psychiatric organization, presents annual achievement awards to four mental health programs. Coverage of the award-winning programs will appear in two APA publications, Psychiatric News and Psychiatric Services.

AHP offers LGBTQ-affirming mental health services, substance use counseling, and peer support to low-income members of the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities. We also offer free HIV testing and STD screening at our Market Street services center and mobile test sites. Additionally, individual psychotherapy services and ongoing psychiatric clinical care, including medication evaluation and monitoring, are available to low income, uninsured or underinsured San Francisco residents. We also provide culturally competent mental health crisis services to the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities.

AHP is San Francisco’s primary low income LGBTQ mental health clinic. Our mission is to support the mental health and wellness of the LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities in constructing healthy and meaningful lives. For more information about our services, please go to our website, www.ucsf-ahp.org.