Report Backs Early Intervention for Serious Mental Illness
January 18, 2018
Members of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC), tasked with improving mental healthcare across the country released a report that presents the current status of federal activities and a summary of advances in the care and treatment of people with serious mental illnesses (SMI) and serious emotional disturbances (SED).
Committee chair, Dr. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at SAMHSA, says, “[the solution] is a national system of crisis intervention services.” This speaks directly to NRI’s recent report Trends in Psychiatric Inpatient Capacity, United States and Each State, 1970 to 2014, which addresses the changing trends in the use of psychiatric inpatient services.
Happy New Year!
January 4, 2018
The Board of Directors and NRI Staff wish everyone a Happy New Year! We have much to look forward to in 2018 as we follow up on an incredibly busy and exciting 2017 at NRI!
Over the last year, NRI produced the following landmark reports and will continue its work in this new year on these and other important focus areas.
- NRI Psychiatric Bed Registries Report
- Trend in Psychiatric Inpatient Capacity, United States and Each State, 1970 to 2014
- Forensic Patients in State Psychiatric Hospitals: 1999-2016
Additionally, NRI produced the following strategically important reports:
- Third Party Evaluation of Texas Behavioral Health Performance Measures, Contract Processes, and Payment Mechanisms
- Snapshot of State Plans for Using the Community Mental Health Block Grant Ten Percent Set-Aside to Address First Episode Psychosis
- Information Brief: Outreach for First Episode Psychosis
NRI’s Performance and Quality Improvement division continued to expand its webinars and reports to its existing clients to foster continued improvements (behavioral healthcare performance measurement systems) in quality of and transitions from inpatient psychiatric care.
We also hosted NRI Day at the 2017 NASMHPD Annual Meeting, which shared challenges across the systems of care, and identified solutions that have worked in peer States. This was the first time that a meeting of its kind has been held. Presentations and session recaps from the day are available.We also recently launched a new web site to provide easier access to national and state-level information on behavioral health systems.
We want to end this note by thanking our Board of Directors for their leadership, NRI staff for all their hard work this past year and many heartfelt thanks to all the collaborating organizations with which we have partnered on many of these and other important projects and new initiatives.