The Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation was founded in 1994 by the Cummings Family as a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster the inclusion of doctoral level psychotherapy as an integral, indispensible part of healthcare delivery. Providers with special training in both behavioral and primary care are seen co-located with primary care physicians (PCPs) in behavioral/primary care settings serving as behavioral care providers (BCPs). The board of directors is composed of the immediate Cummings Family: Dr. Janet Cummings, President; Dr. Nicholas Cummings, Board Chair; Dr. Dorothy Cummings, Secretary; Andrew Cummings, Esq., Vice Chair and Legal Counsel. The following ongoing projects have been endowed:
So as to carry out its various programs, the Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Foundation created in 1995 the Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health.
Cummings Foundation for Behavioral Health consists of the same Board embers, but with Dr. Nicholas Cummings as its President. CFBH derives all of its funding from the parent foundation, which also must approve its projects. It has successfully launched a number of cutting-edge projects, which will be described only briefly, with more detailed information in the index.
1995. Arnold A. Lazarus, Ph.D. of Rutgers University, for being the “Father of Behavioral Therapy.”
1996. Aaron T. Beck, M.D. of the Beck Institute, for being the “Father of Cognitive Therapy.”
1997. Leonard I. Stein, M.D. of the University of Wisconsin, for the Madison Model of community-based treatment of the chronically mentally ill.
1998. Don Lipsitt, M.D. of Harvard, for establishing the pioneering integrated program at Boston’s Beth-Israel Hospital.
1999. Simon H. Budman, Ph.D. of Harvard an Innovative Training Systems, for his monumental contributions to our knowledge of brief therapy.
2000. Morris F. Collen, M.D. for providing the setting at Kaiser Permanente for the first program (1963) in which behavioral care providers were co-located in primary care.
2001. Donald A. Block, M.D. of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and the Ackerman Institute, for a lifetime of contributions to collaborative family healthcare.
2002. Alex Eodriguez, M.D. for his relentless insistence on accountabilitu and outcome measures in managed behavioral care.
2007. Susan McDaniel, Ph.D. for a lifetime of endeavor in Collaborative Family Healthcare.
Michael Hoyt, Ph.D. for a lifetime of advancement of psychology as healthcare at Kaiser Permanente.
2008. Joseph Evans, Ph.D. for remarkably integrating 23 rural county primary care services throughout Nebraska.
2009. Anne E. Kazak, Ph.D. for her model of comprehensive integration of Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.
2010. Barbara Ann Cubic Ph.D. for her extensive model of service and training in integrated behavioral care in Norfolk, Virginia.
2011. John Caccavale, Ph.D., ABMP for the national “Truth in Drugs” Campaign his founding of the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP), and the design and promotion of the Model RxP Legislation.
In 2012, it was deemed that psychology’s response to the medicalization of mental health was too tepid as psychotherapy was rapidly being replaced by medication. The Cummings PSYCHE Award was concluded as the Foundation embarked on a different and more aggressive and calculated course.