CMH conducts rigorous community-partnered research to determine policies and practices that increase quality of care and associated outcomes, as well as reduce health disparities and improve health equity, for people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Our faculty bring expertise in implementation science, health economics, community-partnered research, field trials, effectiveness trials, research using large data sets, and qualitative and quantitative methods. CMH faculty lead a large portfolio of federally-funded research that includes:
- Studies using large administrative data sets to examine the effects of state policies on mental health service use and outcomes,
- observational studies of community care, and
- randomized effectiveness and implementation field trials, conducted in partnership with community agencies.
A few examples of specific studies are highlighted below. More complete lists of funded studies can be found on each faculty member’s web page.
In addition to the more traditional research we conduct, we also leverage our research infrastructure to support community mental health administrators, policy makers and payers to make informed decisions regarding mental health policy and practice. These services include:
- Program evaluation. We evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs to determine their impact.
- Service management. We help you provide your clients/patients with more efficient and effective services through the use of best practices, integrated data systems, and monitoring and evaluation methods to plan and manage complex services.
- Informed decision-making. We develop powerful analytic applications to embed in program information to inform effective decision-making.
- Policy and practice consultation. We help states and counties address policy and practice issues that affect children and adults with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.