Indianapolis — The Aurora Center for Life Skills (ACLS) was honored during the 2010 National Eli Lilly Reintegration Awards ceremony, receiving the first-place award for clinical medicine. A program of Aurora Mental Health Center, ACLS is known as an innovative outpatient treatment program that serves the needs of developmentally disabled adults who live with mental illness.
Since the start of the program in 1986, ACLS has become a "Center for Excellence" within managed care organizations, from which consultations are often sought by other mental health centers for differential diagnosis. During that time, its annual number of clients served has grown from 12 to more than 350.
Services currently include psychiatric consultation and treatment, individual, group and family therapies, psychoeducation and residential, vocational and case management services. Clients define their own recovery goals, moving to less intensive treatment as needs change.
According to Randy Stith, PhD, CEO and Executive Director of the Aurora Mental Health Center, receiving the Lilly Reintegration Award is an affirmation that their work is important in supporting clients in the recovery process.
"We think the award will provide impetus for the treatment methods we use to be replicated by others," Stith said. "It is gratifying to be recognized for treatment that we know to be effective, and to know that an effective treatment will be available to more people, and that they will have the opportunity to recover, achieve life goals, and significantly improve their quality of life."
The Lilly Reintegration Awards recognize mental health professionals and individuals battling severe mental illness for their exceptional contributions and achievements—specifically, treatment teams, programs and services that assist those with severe mental illness as they reenter the community. The first-place award also carries with it a $5,000 grant for the organization.
"Every year we look forward to the spotlight these awards shine on the most innovative services in supporting people with mental illness," said David Ricks, President of Lilly USA, LLC. "It is these dedicated individuals and strong community programs that make it possible for those living with mental illness to reintegrate into society—to secure jobs, housing, education, all the essentials of a meaningful life."