Institutional Resources, Databases, and Statistics

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality …

…(of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). The Mental Health section of AHRQ’s site provides a copious compendium of research oriented reports and documents.

Disability Research Right to Know (DRRK)…

…is a website with a resource for consumers, researchers, providers, policy makers and their associations. Through research syntheses, information products, and its community forum, DRRK seeks to foster the everyday use of disability research. The DRRK site, managed by the Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, is funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

MHA State of MH in America 2015Mental Health America’s Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015

For many years, Mental Health America has wanted to identify a common set of data indicators for mental health that would give a more complete picture of mental health status in America. As both the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were implemented, it also saw a need to establish a baseline from which we could document the successes and failures of both federal and state initiatives aimed at improving mental health status. This report is the result.

For the first time, Mental Health America has pulled together a number of indicators available across all fifty states and the District of Columbia. It has organized them into general categories relating to mental health status and access to mental health services. Some indicators are specific to children; others to adults. Together,they paint a picture across the entire nation of both the nation’s mental health and how well the nation is caring for it.

Mental Illness Policy.org …

…is a one-man “think-tank” founded in 2011 to provide information to the media and policy-makers about care and treatment of people with serious and persistent mental illness. Different from those with mental “health” issues, this 5-8% segment of the  population is uniquely associated by difficult issues like violence and involuntary treatment, issues many organizations prefer to avoid. Its founder is Mr. D.J. Jaffe, co-founder with Dr. E. Fuller Torrey of the Treatment Advocacy Center and brother-in-law of an individual with schizophrenia. See D.J. Jaffe’s blog on Huffington Post here.

Excellence in Motivational Interviewing,…

…a website for clinicians, researchers, and trainers, offers a copious compendium of resources on this important communicating technique, a practiced method which invovles “active listening.” Some of the material may be a little technical, but the concept can be a powerful tool for families particularly in turbulent moments of their odysseys.

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