Seven Salt Lake County programs and departments have been recognized by the National Association of Counties through program achievement awards commending their creativity and vision.

County Commissioner Mike Stewart presented the awards and recognized 75 county employees and volunteers for their contributions to the award-winning programs during Monday's commission meeting.Stewart was elected second vice present of the association last week during the annual association convention in Anaheim, Calif., where national awards that went to county programs providing innovative solutions to the problems of local government were announced.

Salt Lake County programs and departments recognized with awards were the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, Summer Youth Employment Program, Jail Trustees Solid

Waste Container Assembly Project, New Hope Multi-Cultural Center, Wheeler Historic Farm, the Personnel Division and the offices of the county treasurer, county attorney and county auditor.

The substance-abuse program was recognized for uniting three private substance-abuse treatment agencies with a county agency to create a coalition offering a cooperative approach to substance-abuse treatment.

The youth employment program is designed to improve employability among teens by improving academic performance and self-confidence, and providing career information, vocational training and job experience.

The county Sanitation Division was recognized for using trustees from the county jail to assemble the 90-gallon trash containers needed for the county's automated garbage-collection system, savings an estimated $37,000.

The New Hope Multi-Cultural Center is a joint venture of private citizen volunteers with government agencies. The center was described as "a place where refugees help refugees prepare to integrate into a new culture and society."

The Wheeler Historic Farm, a living history museum, was recognized for developing creative fund-raising solutions to raise half its annual budget.

Under the leadership of County Treasurer Art Monson, the offices of the treasurer, auditor and attorney put together a policies and procedures manual to assure proper accounting and safekeeping of money received by the county.

The personnel division was recognized for its production and distribution of an employee handbook detailing county policies and procedures and descriptions of insurance and other benefit programs.