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Federal Partnership on the Transformation of Mental Health Care in the United States

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Meeting Summary
Washington, DC

Led by the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, NIMH participates in this Federal effort to improve the quality of mental health care delivered to US citizens. NIMH's involvement in this effort has increased with the creation, in 2006, of five workgroups to examine focus areas related to transformation of mental health care. These workgroups include Financing, Emergency Response, Suicide Prevention, Employment, and the Integration of Primary Care and Mental Health Care. Each workgroup has NIMH staff representation, whose goal is to influence the development of service initiatives based on strong research findings. A sixth workgroup, chaired by NIMH and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, will focus on the development of research initiatives to complement existing demonstration projects funded by Department of Health and Human Services agencies and other government departments. This effort is a direct response to the recent Advisory Council Workgroup Report, The Road Ahead, which called for efforts to work across Federal agencies to develop timely, policy-relevant research studies. For more information, please contact Dr. David Chambers.