June 27, 2016

Star Behavioral Health Providers program receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Award

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Star Behavioral Health Providers, led by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue and its partners, has been selected as one of four recipients of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award.

The Star Behavioral Health Providers is a national, state and local collaboration that works to strengthen the community mental health infrastructure for veterans, military members and their families. Together with the National Guard and the Department of Defense's Center for Deployment Psychology, MFRI created SBHP as a training, referral and dissemination program that helps service members and those who care about them find trained civilian behavioral health professionals who better understand challenges associated with military service.

"At Purdue we want to do everything we possibly can to help military members, veterans and their families adjust and excel once a service member returns home," said Deba Dutta, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity. "We are proud to offer Star Behavioral Health Providers so that well-trained help can be found when needed."

As one of four regional winners of a $2,500 prize, Purdue is eligible to compete for the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium annual conference in October. The money from the Kellogg Foundation will be used to create a video, which will be presented for the national award, highlighting the program. Purdue was chosen as a finalist over eight other applicants from the North Central Region.

The C. Peter Magrath Award includes a sculpture and $20,000 for the winner. The three programs that are not chosen will receive $5,000. The winner will be announced during the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting Nov. 13-15 in Austin, Texas.

Since 2006, the APLU and ESC, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to honor engagement, scholarship and partnerships of four-year public universities. The award recognizes programs that demonstrate how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become more involved with their communities.

This is the second Purdue program selected for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Award in the last three years. The Purdue Kenya Partnership was recognized in 2014. 

Writer: Megan Huckaby, 765-496-1325, mhuckaby@purdue.edu

Source: Deba Dutta, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, dutta@purdue.edu

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