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Community Connections for Families wins national award for Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach

Community Connections for Families, a Center for Mental Health Services system of care grant site at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, was nationally recognized for achievement in communications at the 2001 Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Awards, which took place Oct. 26 in Stamford, CT.

Community Connections for Families (CCF) competed with more than 250 entries submitted by mental health professionals and child advocates from across the country.  CCF won a silver award for Communications Planning and a bronze award for Media Outreach.

The ECCO Awards are sponsored by the Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program of the Federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.  The ECCO Awards are designed to highlight communications achievements in promoting children’s mental health.  The awards celebrate the talents, strengths, and successes of communities that are a part of a CMHS grant program to build community-based “systems of care” for children with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

CCF coordinates services for youth who have serious emotional disturbances and their families, who are also involved in multiple child serving systems, in 5 Allegheny County communities – East Liberty, the Hill District, McKeesport, Sto Rox, and Wilkinsburg.   CCF’s Mission is to empower youth, families and communities to manage and advocate for their needs and realize their dreams.  CCF accomplishes this by partnering with, supporting and educating youth, families, communities, and professionals.

The award presentations by category included: Media Outreach, Community Outreach: Parents & Other Caregivers, Community Outreach: Kids & Teens, Professional Outreach, Partnership Development, Communications Planning, Communications Training, Best Video, and Other, along with a Best of Show award.

All entries were peer-judged, and the criteria included consideration of message, delivery, creativity, audience, originality, production values, inclusiveness, and writing.

For more information about CCF, please contact Gwen White at 412-350-4944.