Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research
Lisa Dixon, MD, MPH, Director
The Division of Behavioral Health Services 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. In addition to conducting research, the Division provides technical assistance and training in the evaluation of and delivery of evidence based practices throughout New York State and nationally. The Division also provides mentorship and support for trainees at predoctoral and postdoctoral levels interested in mental health services and policy research and evaluation.