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Focus Areas

Mental Health

The mental health team at HSRI works to provide sustainable ways to improve services that lead to recovery and advance the quality of life for persons with severe mental illness. HSRI has devoted its organizational life to supporting federal, state, and local decision makers to confront challenges through technologies for policy planning and analysis and by providing technical assistance and training. HSRI provides assistance to policy makers concerned with implementing the statutory, regulatory, and administrative change necessary to assure that persons with severe mental illness enjoy those basic civil rights to which all citizens are entitled. HSRI evaluates current human service programs and procedures and develops sound strategies for their reform as needed. The team at HSRI works with key stakeholders to design and implement mental health program planning, budgeting, needs assessment, gap analysis, quality assurance, and administrative systems for improved service delivery.

The mental health team at HSRI works every day on issues that the mental health field has identified as priorities:

  • evidence-based practices
  • cultural competency and disparities
  • recovery, resiliency, and recovery-oriented services and outcomes
  • workforce development
  • consumer-directed care and consumer and family involvement
  • fidelity and formative evaluation
  • evaluation of systems of care
  • identifying and treating co-occurring disorders
  • prevention and early intervention
  • increasing services for children and families
  • addressing homelessness
  • providing behavioral services to aging populations
  • coordinating and increasing the effectiveness of behavioral health care in criminal justice
  • treating HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C
  • investigating the role of seclusion and restraint in behavioral treatment
  • assessing and implementing behavioral services addressing terrorism/Bio-terrorism
  • supporting the New Freedom Initiative.

As an organization that is committed to bringing new methods to the field, HSRI finds these priorities and challenges exciting because they require cutting-edge evaluation knowledge and methods. Work with such methods contributes to innovative problem solving and sets the stage for future progress.

HSRI team members represent different constituencies and skill sets, including evaluators, policy makers, advocates, and biostatisticians. Evaluators are from a variety of disciplines: including psychology, sociology, political science, education, and economics. Team members have worked in substance use treatment and prevention, workforce development, housing and homelessness, criminal justice, child systems of care, psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, and web and information technology.