Alkermes announces the winners of the 2022 Alkermes Inspiration Grants® program

6e Funding for nine innovative programs focused on people living with addiction, serious mental illness or cancer –

DUBLIN, October 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Alkermes plc (Nasdaq: ALKS) today announced the 2022 winners of the Alkermes Inspiration Grants® program. Grants were awarded to nine nonprofit organizations working to meet the needs of people living with alcohol addiction, opioid addiction, schizophrenia, bipolar I disorder, and cancer. Selected programs also aim to address unmet needs in historically underfunded or underrepresented communities with long-standing and widespread health disparities.

“Recipients of this year’s Alkermes Inspiration Grants inspire us with their innovative approaches to providing essential support to people living with addiction, serious mental illness or cancer, as well as their caregivers and family members. These organizations have the potential to positively impact people across the United States and provide an opportunity to engage diverse communities in new ways,” said Richard Pops, CEO of Alkermes.

Nearly 250 applications were submitted for this highly competitive program. Submissions were evaluated based on a set of criteria outlined in the RFP, including clearly defined needs, objectives, activity format, mode of delivery and target audience, and relevance to historically underfunded or underrepresented communities. Grant recipients were selected by a committee comprised of senior Alkermes leaders and individuals from outside the organization chosen to represent the views of people with lived experience, caregivers and patient advocates.

“Alkermes’ desire to support high-impact programs that can help those affected by addiction, cancer and serious mental illness was evident throughout the review process. I was impressed with the deliberate and collaborative effort, and the particular focus on supporting underserved communities and regions of the country,” commented a committee member. Sharon SladeDirector of Marketing, Institute for Cancer Research.

Since 2016, the Alkermes Inspiration Grants program has rewarded more than $4.5 million in funding innovative programs that meet the needs of people affected by serious diseases in our areas of intervention. For more information on the Alkermes Inspiration Grants program, visit https://www.alkermes.com/responsibility.

Organizations and programs receiving 2022 grants:

The American Psychiatric Association Foundation Building Bridges to Care: The APAF Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership aims to foster dialogue to improve understanding of mental health and substance use disorders, reduce stigma and increase connections to care with community organizations communities, including faith-based organizations. The group will develop and disseminate culturally appropriate mental health information and resources for people with mental health and addiction disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and/or caregivers for people living with these illnesses.

Community Coalitions Against Drugs of America (CADCA) create an alcohol use disorder (AUD) awareness video and fact sheet to further support CADCA formation of local grassroots groups, known as community coalitions, with the aim of developing effective community strategies for problem solving related to substance use disorders. Groups learn to assess their local problems with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and develop a comprehensive plan to address them. The video and fact sheet will be used to increase awareness and reduce stigma of AUD and seeking treatment.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) The Addressing Mental Health Disparities Through Peer Support program will train Asian American/Pacific Islander, Black, and rural American peers with lived experience as support group facilitators and create 10 peer-led support groups. The goal is for participants to address and overcome systemic barriers, increase their access to mental health support, and achieve positive mental health outcomes along their recovery journey.

Women’s Cancer Foundation (FWC) The Move The Message campaign is designed to motivate high-risk and historically marginalized communities to take preventative action by raising awareness of gynecological cancers through the dissemination of life-saving FWC resources. Gynecological cancer death rates are increasing among women of color and rural women, with late-stage diagnoses more common due to lack of education and awareness. FWC will take its message directly to communities across the country to raise awareness and improve education and support for early diagnosis by motivating people to help #MoveTheMessage.

The National Association for Child Addicts (NACoA) Children deserve recovery too! The program aims to provide on-demand training on NACoA’s Children’s Program Kit through a learning management system to 40 community-based nonprofit organizations serving youth in historically underrepresented and underserved communities. represented with high rates of alcohol or opioid use disorders. Children living with a parent or caregiver who has an alcohol or opioid use disorder are at high risk of experiencing negative childhood experiences (ACE), making them vulnerable to negative consequences mental and physical health throughout their lives. Early prevention and intervention are key to addressing this systemic issue, and this program will provide proven, trauma-sensitive, and culturally-informed educational support programs to mitigate the impact of AECs.

Ovarcoma The Lifecycle of OVARCOMING program aims to eliminate disparities in equity of care and information to Ovarcomers who are part of an underrepresented portion of the population. Ovarcome will educate, inform, engage and empower ovarian cancer survivors, caregivers, friends, family members and the general population with information about screening, genetics, detection, diagnosis and treatment ; an inspirational book with real-life stories for newly diagnosed patients; a video and resource pack to make Ovarcomers feel supported; and a clinical trial search tool in English and Spanish, among other resources. This information will help people take ownership of their treatment process and the OVARCOMING journey.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones The Healing Families of Substance Use Disorder in the Nation’s Largest Cities program will launch free weekly reunion groups using evidence-based education for parents of substance-using loved ones in the nation’s 15 largest cities. The lessons used in the meetings will give parents whose adult children have substance use disorders (SUDs) the tools to promote their loved one’s recovery and provide peer support to deal with the challenges of SUD.

Sound Mind live The “Relaxed” Mental Health Docuseries on Bipolar Disorder will be a five-part docuseries that takes us into the lives and work of five influential musicians living with bipolar disorder. Each episode will focus on an artist living with bipolar disorder and how his journey with the disease and creating music helped him break free from stigma to find support, healing, and ultimately, himself. even to share his creations with the world. This will reinforce the work that Sound Mind Live is doing to bring together a coalition of mental health and music organizations with musicians and music lovers to build a community of support and open a dialogue about mental illness.

Youth in Recovery (YPR) The Native American Youth Substance Use Disorders Recovery Support Services Pilot Project will be a community chapter and redesign of one of their existing life skills curriculum to be linguistically and culturally appropriate for young Native Americans struggling with addiction or recovering. substance use disorder. YPR will partner with a tribe to launch a new chapter serving tribal voters under 30. The program will be made up of Native Americans and create a youth advisory council to inform the program about the values, language and traditions of the specific tribe.

About Alkermes plc
Alkermes plc is a fully integrated global biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines in the areas of neuroscience and oncology. The Company has a pipeline of proprietary commercial products focused on alcohol addiction, opioid addiction, schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder, as well as a pipeline of product candidates in development for neurological disorders and cancer. Based at Dublin, IrelandAlkermes plc has a research and development center in Waltham, MA; a research and manufacturing center in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing plant in Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, please visit the Alkermes website at www.alkermes.com.

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