Supporting mental health in primary and specialty care
Our behavioral health research program is a national and local model for integrated research and practice. We collaborate in studies that guide major improvements in behavioral health care. We play a leadership role in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Mental Health Research Network (MHRN). The MHRN is developing a model for learning health care organizations and networks by developing strong relationships with other care systems.
Areas of focus include:
- Predicting and preventing suicide
- Evaluating smartphone apps for people with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder
- Guiding primary care in the treatment of opioid use disorder
- Improving depression care in primary care
- Other medical conditions for patients with serious mental illness
Assessing the impact of virtual mental health care during COVID-19
With partners in the Mental Health Research Network, we are analyzing how changing from in-person to phone- or video-visits during the COVID-19 crisis is disrupting care of people with mental health conditions, including those in potentially disadvantaged subgroups. This work will help us understand who needs more support during crises. It will also help us determine who benefits most from telehealth visits as behavioral health care transitions to using more of these services.