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SAMHSA Releases Publication on First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders

November 7, 2019

NRI's Board President Dr. David Shern and Senior Director, Ted Lutterman served as members of the expert panel.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the release of a new publication titled, “First-Episode Psychosis and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders.” The evidence-based resource notes that young adults who experience a first-episode psychosis along with a substance use disorder (SUD) are at high risk for recurring episodes of psychosis, later physical health problems, and have a greater likelihood of future disability. Read more.


New, Unique Report: Functionality and Usability of Various Electronic Health Record Systems: State Psychiatric Hospitals and Systems

October 24, 2019

Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology varies not only by vendor but also by implementation. In this latest report, Lucille Schacht PhD, CPHQ, NRI’s Senior Director Performance and Quality Improvement, discusses the components that have been implemented and the perceived usability of the EHR system. Learn more.


NASMHPD Annual Meeting

September 19, 2019

The NASMHPD Annual 2019 Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) and the International Initiative for Disability Leadership (IIDL) Leadership Exchange Network meeting took place from September 11-14 in Washington, D.C. NRI staff and board members participated in panels and presentations.

Below are links to the presentations and related materials:


Mental Health Metrics Match

September 19, 2019

The NRI-sponsored Mental Health Metrics Match took place September 9th and 10th as part of the IIMHL/IIDL meeting. This Match allowed participants from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, United States and Wales to share their newest and most effective uses of data to understand systems, monitor accountability, and drive innovation.

NRI's Executive Director and CEO, Tim Knettler and Senior Director of Government & Commercial Research, Ted Lutterman presented about United States/State Mental Health Agencies & Systems.


The Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) by State Behavioral Health Authorities (SBHAs)

August 22, 2019

On September 5 at 2PM EST, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute (NRI) and the National Council for Behavioral Health will present a demonstration of the uses of Geographic information systems (GIS) for behavioral health pursued by Washington State and Oklahoma.Register now.

NIMH Reddit “Ask Me Anything” with Dr. Jane Pearson – Suicide Prevention

August 22, 2019

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month in September, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is participating in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) event on Thursday, September 5, 2019. NIMH's suicide prevention expert, Dr. Jane Pearson will answer questions from the public about how NIMH-supported research is helping save lives and reduce the rising suicide rate.

Learn more about participating in this discussion.


NRI Report About Forensic Patients in State Psychiatric Hospitals Published in CNS Spectrums

August 8, 2019

We’re pleased to announced that an NRI research article, Forensic Patients in State Psychiatric Hospitals: 1999-2016 has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, CNS Spectrums Read more.

Wraparound Services Increase Benefits of Mental Health Courts, Study Finds

August 8, 2019

Debra A. Pinals, MD, Medical Director of Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and a member of NRI's Mental Health/Criminal Justice Board Committee was lead author on a pilot study published in Psychiatric Services in Advance. The study suggests that a program that offers integrated behavioral-health and criminal-justice services to individuals who are participating in mental health courts may help reduce recidivism and promote recovery among participants, Read more.


Study Finds Early Discharge from a State Psychiatric Hospital is the Most Reliable Predictor of Readmission within 30 Days

July 25, 2019

A study published in the July-August issue of the Journal for Health Care Quality finds that length of stay in a state psychiatric hospital is the strongest predictor of re-hospitalization within 30 days. An increase in the length of stay from 31 to 89 days was found by the NASMHPD Research Institute (NRI)’s Principal Biostatistician Glorimar Ortiz in a study funded by NRI to be associated with a 25 percent reduction in the proportion of discharges with rapid readmission. Read more.


Harnessing The Power Of Analytics To Create Innovative Solutions For Complex Consumers

July 25, 2019

On June 5, 2019, at the 2019 OPEN MINDS Strategy & Innovation Institute, Lynda M. Zeller, Senior Program Officer, Behavioral Health, Michigan Health Endowment Fund and Vice President of the NRI Board of Directors reviewed the big policy changes and industry trends shaping the market; and discussed how provider organizations can utilize data analytics to build a meaningful strategy and operational practices; and offered her perspective on the future of care delivery and coordination for the complex consumer market. Her presentation slides are available.


Creating Quality, New Journal Issue from NRI Focused on Electronic Health Records

July 11, 2019

NRI division of performance and quality improvement initiates a new journal, Creating Quality. The inaugural issue, April 2019, focuses on electronic health record technology and use for performance measurement in psychiatric hospitals. Three articles from NRI researcher delve into the status of using Electronic Health Records (EHR) for transitions of care and where interoperability fits in this picture, using public use files from CMS; plans for changing EHR technology in state psychiatric hospitals based on a survey conducted by NRI with the NASMHPD Medical Directors Council; and the fundamental differences between abstraction and extraction of medical records to get to the nuggets that are used for performance measures.

The importance of clinicians’ involvement in building and refining systems that are the evidence of their work cannot be understated. It is re-connecting the data bytes to the context that is  the vital step needed to inform the quality of care and engage the clinical staff in quality improvement. Read the full journal.


Implementation Status of Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems in State Psychiatric Hospitals

June 27, 2019


Electronic health records continue to be a driver for operational change at providers. The uptake of EHRs at state psychiatric hospitals was recently investigated by NRI researchers. Forty-one states have an EHR in their state operated psychiatric hospitals, although no state has an EHR that was all-inclusive in terms of components. A consumer report based on a survey of all states is available now on the NRI website. Read the full report.