Public Involvement at NIMH
NIMH Activities with Interested Constituent Organizations
NIMH values opportunities to engage in dialogue with the advocacy community whose members act as advisors, educators, fund raisers, practice association leaders, and public policy advocates. The NIMH Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL) coordinates several programs that provide mental health research stakeholders the means to offer feedback on NIMH's priorities and initiatives:
NIMH Professional Coalition for Research Progress
NIMH convenes representatives of national professional organizations once a year: (1) to share the latest developments at the Institute with professional constituent organizations and (2) to foster dialogue on the future path and directions of NIMH-funded research.
NIMH Alliance for Research Progress
The Alliance is a group of advocates from national voluntary organizations representing individuals with mental illness, as well as their family members and all those concerned about them. The Alliance meets twice a year to allow the NIMH Director and staff to hear views and concerns about current Institute priorities directly from these representatives.
In order to facilitate and stimulate communications with NIMH constituent organizations, we are providing a list of them.
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NIMH Public Interest News
To keep informed about NIMH research, activities, and changes to the Web site, register for NIMH E-Mail Newsletters:
Sign up for the latest mental health news, research advances, upcoming events, publications, clinical trials, meeting summaries, and more.
Inside NIMH provides funding news for current and future NIMH awardees. NIMH publishes this newsletter three times a year (after each meeting of its advisory council). Visit the following link to view the full mailing list archive.
The NIMH Update
Prepared by NIMH’s Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison, the Update is published twice a month and consists of the newest Government resources for the mental health and substance abuse fields. The Update summarizes: new alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and mental disorders research; Federal grant opportunities; materials, reports, and other tools that help targeted audiences gain a better understanding of mental illnesses, alcoholism, drug dependence disorders, the research programs of the NIH, and services support mechanisms of SAMHSA; and Federal government mental health/substance abuse related meetings, conferences and online presentations. Visit the following link to view the full mailing list archive.
Receive the latest information on and about Requests for Applications and other research funding opportunities from NIMH, as well as administrative updates and changes to grant policies and procedures. The research interests and directions of the NIMH will be reflected in these announcements. Visit the following link to view the full mailing list archive.
Public Involvement and the NIH
The NIH Offices of Public Liaison provide outreach to constituency groups and serve as points of contact for the public with regard to NIH-wide policy matters. The Public Liaison Officer provides a channel for communication between NIH and the public to promote mutual understanding.
NIMH Public Liaison
At NIMH, the Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison houses this function. The point of contact is:
NIMH Public Liaison Officer
Phyllis M. Quartey
Phone: (301) 451-2803
Fax: (301) 496-3850
6001 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-9669
Through the NIH Director's Council of Public Representatives, the NIH offers a public forum for discussing issues including
- priority setting,
- clinical trials and managed care,
- privacy and genetics,
- and health disparities among various populations.
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