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Science News about Mental Health Services Research

NIMH Funds 3 ‘Zero Suicide’ Grants

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NIMH is supporting Zero Suicide efforts with 3 new research grants. Each project focuses on prevention and health care systems.

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A BRIGHT Technological Future for Mental Health Trials

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Is mobile mental health research the next frontier for smartphones? Based on Dr. Patricia Areán’s pioneering BRIGHTEN study, research via smartphone app is already a reality.

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Team-based Treatment for First Episode Psychosis Found to be High Value

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Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis is Cost Effective

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Federal Agencies Partner to Promote Coordinated Services for Patients with First Episode Psychosis

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On October 16, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced support for a new treatment for first episode psychosis called coordinated specialty care (CSC). This decision means more clinics may be able to offer CSC and it may become more readily available.

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Antipsychotics Use Among Older Adults Increases with Age

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Researchers find antipsychotic use among older adults increases with age despite known health risks. In 2010, more than 3/4 of seniors receiving an antipsychotic prescription had no documented clinical psychiatric diagnosis during the year. In addition, among those who did have a diagnosed mental disorder and/or dementia, nearly half of the oldest patients had dementia, regardless of FDA warnings that antipsychotics increase mortality in people with dementia.

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Team-based Treatment is Better for First Episode Psychosis

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New research shows that a team-based, coordinated specialty care treatment plan produces better outcomes than typical community care for people with first episode psychosis. Investigators also found that treatment is most effective for people who receive care soon after psychotic symptoms begin.

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Embracing the SPIRIT of reducing suicide

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NIMH, NIH, and the National Institute of Justice are collaborating on a 4-year, $6.8 million study called Suicide Prevention for at-Risk Individuals in Transition or “SPIRIT.” The study focuses on the high-risk individuals who are transitioning from jail to community. SPIRIT is NIMH’s first major investment in suicide prevention in the justice system.

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A New Look at Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use Among Adults

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New report on mental health service use among racial/ethnic groups

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Largest Autism Gene Dragnet Fingers 33 Prime Suspects

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Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found.

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Increased Health Risks Linked to First-episode Psychosis

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Many patients with psychosis develop health risks associated with premature death early in the course of their mental illness, researchers have found.

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NIMH’s Dr. Robert Heinssen Receives Special Presidential Commendation from APA

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NIMH’s Dr. Robert Heinssen Receives Special Presidential Commendation from APA

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The 22nd NIMH Conference on Mental Health Services Research

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The 22nd National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR): Research in Pursuit of a Learning Mental Health Care System, will be convened on April 23–25, 2014, at the Natcher Conference Center on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus, Bethesda, MD.

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President Obama’s Executive Order Leads to National Research Action Plan

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President Obama announced the National Research Action Plan (NRAP)—a comprehensive approach to improve our understanding and treatment of mental health problems affecting veterans, service members, and their families.

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Community-based Treatments Offset Depression Disparities

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Improving care for depression in low-income communities -- places where such help is frequently unavailable or hard to find -- provides greater benefits to those in need when community groups such as churches and even barber shops help lead the planning process, according to a new study.

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DoD, VA, and HHS Report on Improving Mental Health Services for Military, Veterans, and Families

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A new report from the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services outlines progress made toward improving mental health services for members of the military, veterans, and their families.

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NIH-funded Study Finds Community-based Efforts Increase HIV Testing, Prompt Behavior Change

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An international study supported by NIMH reported today that community efforts, in comparison to standard clinical testing and counseling, yielded greater testing and lower HIV incidence in high-risk individuals.

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Science/AAAS Webinar on Translational Neuroscience Research Featuring NIMH’s Carlos A. Zarate, M.D.

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Want to know how the latest findings in neuroscience research go from bench to bedside? NIMH and Science/AAAS partnered to produce an informative webinar on translating neurobiological research into treatments.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the State of Mental Health Care in the United States

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discusses state of U.S. mental health care, commemorates JFK’s speech on the topic 50 years ago.

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Leading Neurobiologist Appointed NIMH Scientific Director

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Renowned neurobiologist Susan Amara recently joined NIMH as scientific director of its intramural research program.

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