August 2, 2004
HONOLULU - The Department of Health Child and Adolescent Mental
Health Division (CAMHD) has been named the 2004 winner of the Norbert
and Charlotte Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence. CAMHD was
selected by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry’s Workgroup on Community Systems of Care. Alfred
Arensdorf, M.D., Medical Director of CAMHD, will accept the award on
behalf of CAMHD at the AACAP’s 51st Annual Meeting in
Washington D.C., October 18-24, 2004.
Dr. Arensdorf will present an overview of the factors that led to
Hawaii’s system of care being selected for the honor. Some of the
most notable factors were the utilization and dissemination of
evidence-based practice, the successful implementation of a
statewide public/private system of care, and the collaboration of
CAMHD employees and private agencies in the provision of
family-centered, culturally sensitive mental health services.
Measurements of outcomes and accountabilities are also noted.
"An award of this distinction is truly an honor. To be recognized
among such prestigious colleagues is a credit to the commitment and
dedication of the Hawaii mental health staff," said Dr. Arensdorf.
Michelle Hill, Deputy Director, DOH Behavioral Health Administration
adds, "The Department takes great pride in this award. We have come a
long way thanks to the immense contributions of CAHMD, the Behavioral
Health Services staff and our partners in the mental health services
Dr. Arensdorf and CAMHD staff were also honored recently by the
Department of Health with the State of Hawaii Incentive Award for Team
of the Year. As one of the leaders of the CAMHD Evidence Based Practice
Team, Dr. Arensdorf has helped foster some of the most progressive
achievements in evidence-based mental health practice among health
departments in the country. The team has developed tools to guide
public agencies; private providers and even parents in evaluating the
effectiveness of the treatments selected for each child. The
accomplishments of the Team encompass cost-effective innovative policy
formulation, training, consultation and mentoring on evidence based
mental health treatments.
For more information, contact:
Department of Health