Consumer Research Activities in the States
Dr. Paul Weaver, Kentucky Center for Mental Health Studies
This report provides an overview of consumer involvement in mental health research and evaluation, aiming to inform technical assistance centers, such as the Evaluation Center through its Consumer Evaluator Network, where to direct resources in regards to consumer research and evaluation activities. The report discusses 1) consumers’ involvement in evaluation and research, 2) the areas in which consumers’ desire technical assistance in these fields, and 3) consumers’ familiarity with a consumer grant program that funds consumer evaluation and research activities entitled The Consumer Evaluator Network. Information for this report was collected through organized discussions with individuals knowledgeable of consumer activities, such as the directors of the State Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA).