Application Instructions

 
 

2014 Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards Competition

Review award description and video highlights of previous winners.

Questions? achievementawards@psych.org or 703.907.8612

Competition Timeline:

  • Open application period: March 18  May 12, 2014./CLOSED for 2014
  • On-site review of semi-finalists conducted during June & July.
  • Winning programs notified in late August/early September.
  • Awards presented at the APA’s Institute on Psychiatric Services, October 30, San Francisco, CA.

To begin the online application process you must first sign in.

Scroll down to view step by step Instructions & elements required for completing the online application. You can download and print a PDF of the instructions to refer to as you complete the application.

Reminder: To be eligible for consideration, programs must have been in full operation for a minimum of two years before the application submission deadline of May 12, 2014.

Please complete all required fields. Keep a record of your username and password. This is an online-only application and all information you enter will be sent to us electronically. All fields for Part 1 and Part 2 are required. As you work, ‘Save Draft’ frequently so you don't lose content. Note:  You can save and retrieve the draft form for editing but once you have successfully submitted your application you can no longer make changes. Note also, you may always logout and return later but remember to click Save Draft first if you have added information to the application form or your information will not be saved.  [For problems with the application, email achievementawards@psych.org or call 703-907-8612.]

Before you click the Submit button be sure to

1.  read over your application for completeness;
2.  check to see your uploads are correct (the file name will appear);
3.  make any corrections; 
4.  select check to sign box; and 
5.  print a copy for your records.  [Only non-expanded content will appear in the print version.]
6.  If your Submit button is not enabled, look to see that you have completed all fields AND selected the 'Check to sign' box. Once you have successfully submitted your application you can no longer make changes.

The application packet consists of three parts:

  • Required:  Part 1 (Application Form) & Part 2 (Program Description);
  • Optional:   Part 3 (Supporting Materials).

Submission procedures for each part are described below. If you have any questions about the application process, email achievementawards@psych.org or call 703.907.8612.

Part 1.  Application.  Required.

Asks you to identify

  • applying program; facility;
  • program and facility director(s);
  • contact information (populates from registration data you entered, please review for completeness);
  • description of the facility;
  • brief statement of the program to be considered (under 100 words).

Part 2.  Program Description. Required [This section requires you to upload documents.]
The description should be no more than the equivalent of 3 pages, single-spaced or 6 pages double-spaced. Include the program name on the top right hand corner of each page.

The program description must address the following 9 elements:

    1. Verification that the submission is an ongoing program.
    2.  Evidence that the program has made a significant contribution to the field of mental health on a local or national level.
    3. Evidence that the program provides a model for other mental health programs.
    4. Evidence that the program is innovative.
    5. Description of ways staff has overcome obstacles and barriers or has extended resources and funding.
    6. Verification of the program’s effectiveness and focus on quality improvement through use of quality assurance measures, quality improvement methods, UR, outcome measures, etc.
    7. Documentation of the program’s staffing and the role of each staff member, including the role of the psychiatrist in the program.
    8. Documentation of involvement of consumers and/or family members.
    9. A list of the program’s funding sources during the last fiscal year and the amounts of the funding.

To upload this document,

  • select Award Application (Part 2) as document type from the drop down menu,
  • click on the Browse... button,
  • identify the document in your system,
  • select the file, then
  • click the Upload button.

The screen will refresh and you will see the file in the grid below the upload box. Be sure to select the correct file for upload as files cannot be deleted. If you have uploaded the wrong document, also upload the correct document to your application and send an email to achievementawards@psych.org with details.

Part 3. Supporting Materials.  Optional [This section requires you to upload documents.]
E.g., abstracts of research studies, publications, photographs, and news clippings. Supporting materials may not exceed 5 pages and should be relevant.

To upload supporting materials

    • select Other Documents(Part 3) as document type,
    • click on the Browse... button,
    • identify the document in your system,
    • select the file and
    • click the Upload button.

The screen will refresh and you will see the file in the grid below the upload box. Repeat for each document. Be sure to select the correct file for upload as files cannot be deleted. If you have uploaded the wrong document(s), also upload the correct document(s) to your application and send an email to achievementawards@psych.org with details.

Once you have completed & checked your application select check to sign box; print a copy for your records and select the Submit button to submit your completed application.

Note:  Be sure to read over your application before you click Submit.  Once you have successfully submitted your application you can no longer make changes.