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Outreach Partnership Program 2016 Annual Meeting: Overview

July 19-21, 2016
Bethesda, Maryland

Meeting Agenda

Dr. Bruce Cuthbert, Acting Director of NIMH, and Peggy Huppert, Executive Director of NAMI Iowa

Dr. Cuthbert and Peggy Huppert, Executive Director of NAMI Iowa, dialogue after his presentation.

On July 19-21, 2016, NIMH convened representatives from the 55 Outreach Partner organizations, state level mental health advocacy and education groups from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, for the 16th annual Outreach Partnership Program meeting, which was held at the Porter Neuroscience Research Center on the National Institutes of Health campus. The Outreach Partners and representatives of some of the more than 80 National Partner organizations heard about the latest mental health research from NIMH scientists and grantees from around the country. They also learned about the Institute’s research priorities from then Acting NIMH Director, Dr. Bruce Cuthbert, and dialogued with NIMH leadership about some of the most pressing mental health issues in their states.

Preventing and Treating Psychosis

An area of particular importance to NIMH is the prevention, early identification, and treatment of psychosis, which was covered during three sessions at the annual meeting. Dr. Kristin Cadenhead from University of California San Diego presented the opening plenary about NIMH’s North American Prodromal Longitudinal Study, a consortium of eight research programs working to identify predictors and mechanisms of conversion to psychosis among individuals ascertained to be in a clinical high risk or prodromal clinical state, a critical first step in early identification leading to prevention of psychosis onset.

Steven R. López, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Social Work, University of Southern California

Dr. Lopez provides remarks.

On day two of the meeting, two grantees funded under NIMH’s initiative to shorten the duration of untreated psychosis described their public health research approaches to address the critical need for interventions to get individuals with psychosis into treatment early on in their illness. Dr. Steven Lopez from the University of Southern California discussed his research project, LA CLAve, designed to increase psychosis literacy in Spanish-speaking communities. He was joined by Dr. Vinod Srihari from Yale School of Medicine who described the Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis Program (STEP), a population-based early intervention for psychosis.

Treating Refractory Depression

Sarah H. Lisanby, M.D., Director, NIMH Division of Translational Research and Director, Noninvasive Neuromodulation Unit, Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch (ETPB)

Dr. Lisanby presents during session on treatment refractory depression.

NIMH scientists Dr. Sarah Lisanby and Dr. Lawrence Park addressed device-based and pharmacologic advancements for the treatment of refractory depression. Dr. Lisanby, one of the foremost experts on neuromodulation therapies for depression and other mental disorders, described the current research on transcranial magnetic stimulation and electroconvulsive therapy while Dr. Park presented the latest information about use of ketamine as a rapid-acting antidepressant medication.


Additional Research Updates

Outreach Partners also heard about the state of suicide and interventions to prevent suicide. Dr. Jane Pearson, chair of the NIMH suicide research consortium, discussed the latest suicide rates and Dr. David Brent of the University of Pittsburgh described short- and long-term evidence-based strategies to prevent youth suicide. In another plenary session, Dr. Rezvan Ameli, told participants about the science behind mindfulness, including its use for depression relapse prevention. In the closing session, Partners heard from Dr. Anthony Mannarino of Drexel University about the use of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic events and had adverse childhood experiences.

Addressing Mental Health Disparities

Dr. Charlene LeFauve, PhD, Deputy Director, Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health

Dr. Le Fauve opens the panel discussion on addressing mental health disparities.

In addition to the research plenary sessions, participants heard about NIMH and Outreach Partner efforts to improve access to mental health care in minority communities. Dr. Charlene Le Fauve, Chief of Mental Health Disparities Research and Deputy Director of NIMH’s Office of Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health, described the use of collaborative care to increase access to mental health care, including the NIMH-funded Community Partners in Care, a unique community-partnered research program to improve depression care in under-resourced African American communities.

Dr. Le Fauve was followed by Dan Aune of Mental Health America Montana (MHA MT), the NIMH Outreach Partner for Montana, who described MHA MT’s work to bring sustainable and culturally-appropriate mental health services to tribal communities to address the shortage of mental health providers available through Indian Health Service and tribal health care facilities. Stacie Hiramoto, Director of the Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO) at Mental Health America California, described this statewide policy effort to reduce disparities in access to care among racial and ethnic minority communities in California. REMHDCO, funded through Proposition 63 – The State Mental Health Services Act, is part of the state’s California Reducing Disparities Project, which focuses on prevention and early intervention strategies.

Partner Sharing

Outreach Partners sharing session

Partner Sharing Session.

During the Partner Sharing Session, Outreach Partners, National Partners, and federal representatives shared information and resources about their outreach and education projects addressing mental health. Outreach Partners also presented during two breakout sessions – one addressing mental health in the criminal justice and law enforcement settings, and the second on the intersection of domestic violence and mental health.

Learn more about Partner activity at the meeting in the Summer 2016 issue of the Outreach Connection.