2011 Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award winner

PCC Receives Distinctive Innovation in Social Service Award
The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Alumni Association recognized the PCC Community Wellness Center for its Behavioral Health Program with the 2011 Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award, Saturday, June 4, at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL.

The Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award recognizes a program or agency that demonstrates the effective application of clinical and administrative techniques addressing client and organizational goals, allowing practitioners to share approaches that enhance effectiveness of social services. "The PCC model of mental health service delivery is not only forward-thinking, but touches many people in need who otherwise would not access mental health service professionals," said Dan Barnes, Ph.D. Director and Chief Psychologist, Adler Community Health Services.

Representatives from PCC Community Wellness Center presented key concepts from their innovative Behavioral Health Program at a presentation at SSA earlier that afternoon.

PCC Community Wellness Center, located at 14 West Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois, is an organization that offers community-based health care services for the medically underserved living in Chicago's west side and near west suburbs, and it strives to improve health conditions in these neighborhoods. The Behavioral Health Program offers mental health services in a primary care setting. Research has shown that the most effective way to reach mental health patients is through primary medical care. The Behavioral Health program at PCC Community Wellness Center integrates these services by locating them together in multiple locations in the Chicago area. The program reaches its patients through a network of psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. Due to the diversity in the Behavioral Health Program staff, patients can discuss mental health needs such as family counseling, substance abuse, and social distress. Launched in 2007, the Behavioral Health Program has expanded rapidly from one PCC medical location to several of PCC's facilities. By integrating mental health and primary care services, PCC Community Wellness Center improves access to mental health services to communities.

For more information about PCC Community Wellness Center, visit http://www.pccwellness.org. 

Zehua Cui

"I had no awareness of the existence of social work in schools in China, so I am thankful for my first year internship experience with children at Namaste Charter school, which totally opened up a new world for me. The experience broadened my horizon in terms of the various ways in which we can help children," says Zehua Cui.