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US Award for Indian Muslim

Chicago: Dr. Abdul Basit, Director of the Division of Multi-cultural Mental Health Services at the University of Chicago Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, was given a special award by the US Department of Health & Human Services. The valuable contributions of Dr. Basit were acknowledged, and a plaque was presented to him stating: “Nationally Recognized Leader in the Field of Mental Health Services.” This award was presented to him during a symposium organized by the US Department for Substance Abuse Prevention in Washington, D.C., on August 14, 2002. 

Donna Shalala, former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, appointed Dr. Basit to serve on the Mental Health Advisory Council for a period of four years (1999-2003). The Advisory Council provides guidance to various federal agencies to promote improved state of mental health within the nation. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Basit has a cosmopolitan educational background with degrees from India, England, and the United States. He has served in the past as superintendent of a psychiatric hospital in Chicago, director of research and training in Kansas, a senior staff clinician in England, and professor of psychology at the University of Delhi. He has widely published in professional journals and has extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, teacher, and administrator. He is also a member of the Children & Family Services Advisory Council of the State of Illinois. After the 9/11 incident, the US Department of Health & Human services held a special conference to discuss the problems encountered by American Arabs and American Muslims. When the conference was held on November 12, 2001, in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Basit was asked to be the Facilitator. The participants of the conference identified many problems and made a number of recommendations. A brief report of this special session was published in the Newsletter of SAMHSA in the winter issue of 2002. 

Dr. Basit has been actively involved with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) for the past six years. ISNA is the largest Muslim organization in North America. Recently, ISNA has appointed him to head a newly created ISNA Center for Health & Human Services. "The primary goal of this ISNA Center is to provide a broad spectrum of multi-cultural health care services, promote research and educational activities on a national level, and disseminate such knowledge through conferences, publications, and various other means of communications," said Mr. Mohammad Yunus, the Executive Director of ISNA Center for Health and Human Services.

Nearly a year ago, Dr. Basit was awarded a federal grant to study the A Mental Health Needs of Muslim Youth. He is currently the President of the American Islamic Association of Mental Health Professionals. 

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