Mental Health Services and Policy Research
Susan Essock, PhD, Director
The Division of Mental Health Service and Policy Research’s work is practical. Investigators examine the structure, content and outcomes of services as they occur in real world settings. Researchers aim to gain an understanding of what interventions are most helpful in allowing people to maximize their recovery from mental illnesses. This includes examining which interventions work, how well they work, for whom they work best, the cost of these interventions, and the organizational and financing strategies that facilitate implementing and sustaining such interventions. Policy makers want research of high public health significance to guide them, yet too often data are not available to inform decision making. Similarly, services researchers want to address questions of high policy relevance to decision makers so that services issues determine research topics but often do not have open channels of communication to policy makers. Hence, the Division emphasizes research partnerships among researchers and public sector administrators as well as other payers.
The Center for Practice Innovations (CPI), directed by Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, supports the New York State Office of Mental Health’s mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services, ensure accountability, and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for consumers and families.
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program, headed by Harold Pincus, MD, provides a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans.