A New Port Richey resident, Samantha Ferrara, was recently selected as one the winners of the American Addiction Centers Behavioral Health Scholarship. Samantha will receive a $2,500 scholarship toward her undergraduate degree at Florida State University
At a time when millions of Americans are facing mental health challenges and/or addiction, now more than ever we need trained experts in this field.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, it is estimated that one in every four adults experiences mental illness while approximately 20% of youth ages 13 to 18 suffer from severe mental disorders in any given year. Findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimate 20 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. reports that one in every 12 adults suffers from alcohol abuse or dependency.