UNM Psychiatrist Hailed by National NAMI Org



June 1, 2009

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Steven Adelsheim, M.D., FAACAP, is one of 41 doctors nationwide recently honored as “Exemplary Psychiatrists” by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at the 2009 annual conference of the American Psychiatric Association.

Adelsheim, a professor of Psychiatry with UNM’s School of Medicine, was honored for his commitment to excellent care, his efforts at reducing stigma surrounding mental illness and his consistent close work with NAMI members in the community. More specifically, Adelsheim was recognized for his work related to the EARLY ( Early Assessment and Resource Linkage for Youth ) Program – a partnership between UNM’s Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health and the Mind Research Network (MRN).

Introduced in Bernalillo County last fall, EARLY is a treatment research program that focuses on mental health outreach, screening, and early intervention for young people showing early warning signs of mental illness and their families. Recent research indicates that half of all mental health conditions have their onset before the age of 14 and that early treatment may greatly improve recovery and long term outcomes for mental health problems.

“The EARLY Program is an important model to support prevention and early intervention for mental health issues, while also decreasing the stigma surrounding these conditions,” Adelsheim says. “NAMI has been incredibly supportive of this and other mental health programs that truly reach out to our communities. Being declared an Exemplary Psychiatrist by NAMI is a great honor, particularly because of the critical support the organization provides for individuals and families directly affected by mental illness.”

For more information about the EARLY Program, call 1-888-NM-EARLY or visitwww.earlyprogram.org. For more information on the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, visitwww.hsc.unm.edu.

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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