Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health
The Scattergood Foundation and the National Council for Behavioral Health have partnered to grow and support the 7th Annual Scattergood Innovation Award.

Scattergood Innovation Award

Apply for the 2019 Scattergood Innovation Award

The application period for the 2019 Scattergood Innovation Award is now open. 

HOW is innovation being defined?

Innovation: The process of translating an idea or discovery into a good or service that creates a new or different value improving the consumer/end user experience.

The innovations we seek challenge how behavioral health care is currently viewed, organized, and practiced through the creation of catalytic concepts, products, processes, services, and/or technologies.


  • Reward innovation as defined by the community;
  • Challenge how behavioral health care is currently viewed, organized, and practiced;
  • Enhance the conversation surrounding innovation in behavioral health; and
  • Build a database of behavioral health innovations to be shared with all.

The winner receives the Scattergood Innovation Award and a $25,000 cash gift for their program. Finalists for the 2019 Scattergood Innovation Award will also have the opportunity to have their work be featured at the 2019 National Council for Behavioral Health Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

The Scattergood Foundation and National Council for Behavioral Health will also work to promote and share all finalists' work nationally. All submissions that meet the selection criteria will be posted online in the 2019 Innovation Award Database. Your work will receive attention from an ever-growing community of stakeholders through our open public review.

To view last year’s submissions, click here.

  1. Scattergood Foundation staff screens online submissions to ensure compliance.
  2. The panel of experts selects five finalists based on specified selection criteria.
  3. The public votes among the five finalists online to select the winner of the $25,000 prize. 
  1. Disruption: The innovative program uses a new and/or different strategy to solve a specified problem.
  2. Leadership: The innovative program design provides leadership to the broader behavioral health community.
  3. Scalability: The innovative program can be implemented on a larger scale either within the organization or for a broader community. Sufficient information about existing and potential funding mechanisms and partner organizations is included.  
  4. Results/Outcomes: Metrics are specified to assess the effectiveness of the innovative program.
  5. Judge's Choice: Judges can rank the innovative programs based on their assessment of the evaluation.
Please review our FAQs if you have further questions about the 2019 Innovation Award. 

Please contact Caitlin O'Brien, Special Projects Manager, at if you have additional comments or questions.