Mental Health Research Network
A population-based approach to transform research
The Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) is a consortium of public-domain research centers based in large not-for-profit health care systems.
Its mission is to improve the management of mental health conditions through a closer connection between research, practice and policy. This mission spans a wide range of mental health conditions and treatments affecting children, adults, and seniors.
This mission also spans a wide range of research methods and questions about etiology, treatment development, treatment efficacy and effectiveness, implementation and dissemination and health policy. The MHRN is based in the HMO Research Network, a consortium of 19 public-domain research centers based in not-for-profit health care systems.
Participating centers include:
- The Group Health Research Institute at Group Health Cooperative
- The Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- The HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research
- The Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research at Henry Ford Health System
- The Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente Colorado
- The Center for Health Research-Southeast at Kaiser Permanente Georgia
- The Center for Health Research-Hawaii at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
- The Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California
- The Center for Health Research-Northwest at Kaiser Permanente Northwest
- The Department of Research and Evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California
- The Center for Applied Health Research at Scott & White Healthcare
These research centers work with health systems that finance and care for more than 10 million people in 12 states. They also share data resources to support a range of clinical and health services research on mental health conditions and treatments.
Diversity of member demographics, insurance coverage, and organization of health care services as well as access to computerized medical records and insurance claims data make this network an ideal environment to:
- Identify research questions that matter to patients, health care providers and health care systems
- Efficiently answer research questions involving real-world patients and providers
- Disseminate and implement research results
Initial funding for the MHRN is through a 3-year cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Mental Health (U19 MH092201 “Mental Health Research Network: A Population-Based Approach to Transform Research” ($8,999,198) and through a supplement from NIMH to the existing Cancer Research Network funded by the National Cancer Institute ($1,499,873).