NEWS | September 15, 2011

Urquiza honored for leadership in child-abuse treatment


Anthony Urquiza, director of mental health services for the UC Davis Children's Hospital CAARE (Child and Adolescent Abuse Resources and Evaluation) Center, has received the William Friedrich Memorial Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). 

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Anthony Urquiza

APSAC is a national organization of health-care providers and law-enforcement professionals dedicated to supporting the health and safety of children and decreasing risk of maltreatment. This award is given to one individual each year who demonstrates leadership and achievement related to child maltreatment.

Urquiza's efforts have resulted in the establishment of child-abuse treatment programs in more than 125 agencies, which provide treatment to more than 10,000 children per week.

Urquiza received the award in recognition of his contributions and leadership in the field of child maltreatment for the last three decades. In addition, he has been a leader in improving the quality of mental-health services to children by training mental-health providers in evidence-based interventions throughout California, the United States and in several other countries.

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