About $20,000 Raised for Hospital

More than 350 runners raised about $20,000 in the Ninth Annual Spring Valley 5K Race to benefit Children's Hospital.

The race, held Sept. 18 in the Spring Valley neighborhood of Northwest Washington, was sponsored by W.C. & A.N. Miller Cos., a full-service real estate company. With the money raised from the race, Miller Co. will donate about $25,000.

One of the programs at Children's Hospital benefiting from the race is Laura's Room--a special playroom planned at the hospital in memory of Laura Nerenberg, daughter of Miller associate Carol Nerenberg. The room, which is slated for completion in 2001, will be painted with colorful murals and furnished with bright, comfortable sofas, chairs and activity tables. It also will feature recreational and educational equipment to encourage learning and provide fun for the children who visit.

Free Mental Health Screening

A free mental health screening for D.C. area residents will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at George Washington University, 2134 G St. NW, Room B15.

Mental health professionals from the George Washington University Community Counseling Services will help residents learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and manic depression. This is part of the National Depression Screening Day.

Participants will hear a brief talk on the causes and symptoms of depression, followed by a short video. Individuals will complete an anonymous written screening test for depression and have the opportunity to discuss the results with a mental health professional. Participants also will be able to fill out a shout questionnaire to help determine whether a loved one needs help.

Grants for Substance Abuse Treatment

The D.C. Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration, part of the D.C. Department of Health, and Whitman-Walker Clinic Inc. each received grant money from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

The Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration received a $475,000 grant to help address gaps in treatment capacity at the local level. It was one of 30 programs across the nation receiving these grants.

Whitman-Walker received one of 35 HIV/AIDS grants, for $557,735. These are new grants recommended by the Congressional Black Caucus and are designed to treat HIV/AIDS and substance abuse issues in minority communities.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the lead federal agency for improving access to quality substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services in the United States.