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DHS News Newsletter February 2004 

County initiative achieves national recognition for excellence in community communications and outreach

February 2004

Community Connections for Families (CCF), a Center for Mental Health Services system of care grant site at DHS, was recognized nationally for achievement in communications at the 2003 Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Awards, which took place January 16 in San Antonio, Texas.

The CCF system of care won “gold” in the categories of Media Outreach and Professional Outreach at the recent ECCO competition.  The awards were presented for "School Daze" and the "It's All About U" anti-stigma Web site. 

The ECCO awards showcase communications achievements that promote children’s mental health and celebrate the talents, strengths and successes of communities that build community-based “systems of care” for children with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

CCF competed with more than 87 entries submitted by system of care initiatives from across the country and won two awards for entries related to its anti-stigma campaign, It’s All About U.

The campaign was piloted in the McKeesport, Wilkinsburg and White Oak school districts and in two schools in the Pittsburgh school district during the 2002-2003 school year.
 
The Web site—www.itsallaboutu.org—and materials about the program were also distributed at School Daze, an event held at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum to familiarize families with the It’s All About You project.

About CCF

CCF coordinates services for youth who have serious emotional disturbances and their families, who are also involved in multiple child-serving systems. The system of care site serves five communities in Allegheny County: the East End, the Hill District, McKeesport, Sto Rox and Wilkinsburg.   CCF accomplishes its mission of empowering youth, families and communities to manage and advocate for their needs and realize their dreams by supporting, educating and partnering with youth, families, communities and professionals.

For more information about Community Connections for Families or the It’s All About U campaign, contact Shari Morris at 412-350-5934.


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