InterAct Receives SAMHSA 2010 Science and Service Award


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the selection of InterAct of Michigan to receive a 2010 Science and Service Award for treatment of co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. The SAMHSA awards program recognizes public-and private-sector organizations that have worked to improve their communities and the lives of individuals by providing the best services possible. SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. states, “families and individuals deserve the most effective services possible for the prevention and treatment of health conditions including mental health and substance use disorders. These award winners deserve to be commended for blazing new trails in providing such cutting-edge effective services in their communities."

InterAct Executive Director Claudia Wink-Basing said, “the agency developed its substance abuse services program in 1999 to address the large percentage of people with mental illness who also have substance abuse problems by treating both problems at the same time. We are honored to be selected of over 100 applicants and to be one of only 5 co-occurring service programs to receive this award. We appreciate the hard work of our ACT teams and Substance Abuse Services staff who earned this award.” KCMHSAS CEO Jeff Patton states, “the outstanding efforts and work that InterAct staff does every day are a real asset to the Kalamazoo community. The individuals served by InterAct are the true benefactors of this accomplishment.”