banner image
A Conversation about Youth and Behavioral Health
May 17, 2018
On Friday, April 20 NRI led a focus group in Orange County, NC about overcoming access barriers to Behavioral Health treatment for young county residents. NRI hosted various agencies from across the county to promote inter-agency collaboration and determine next steps to improve care in the county. The meeting is part of an overall behavioral health assessment being conducted by NRI focused on youth services. 

Photos from the day are below: (click to view original photo)





Programs for Individuals with Mental Health and I/DD Needs

May 3, 2018

On April 25, NRI organized and facilitated the webinar, Programs for Individuals with Mental Health and I/DD Needs for SAMHSA's Olmstead Communities of Practice: The Intersection of Criminal Justice and Olmstead. Paul Van Almkerk, Ed.D., and Susan Powers, Ph.D. shared their knowledge regarding this unique criminal-justice involved population, including information on community-based programs that have been developed to support criminal-justice involved individuals with mental health and I/DD needs. The recording is available for playback.

NASMHPD Launches Website 

May 3, 2018  

NASMHPD Executive Director Dr. Brian Hepburn announced the creation of a new website,, dedicated to providing the framework needed to optimize mental health crisis services within communities. NASMHPD is partnering in the proect with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and RI International.

Debunking Caricatures of Behavioral Healthcare

April 12, 2018

Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., NRI Board member and Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD), recently published an article on the Behavioral Healthcare Executive website.In the article, Debunking Caricatures of Behavioral Healthcare, Dr. Manderscheid discusses the importance of recognizing the vast array of sources for behavioral health care beyond visits with a psychiatrist. Read more.

New Resources for Early Intervention in Psychosis

April 12, 2018

Since fiscal year 2014, NRI and NASMHPD have collaborated to develop technical assistance resources for states and providers as they implement early intervention programs supported by the MHBG Set Aside for early serious mental illness (ESMI).  These resources include an annual Snapshot of State Plans for Using the MHBG Set Aside that highlights each state’s initiatives around early intervention programs, a variety of issue briefs and tutorials that provide insight and guidance on components and populations affected by ESMI, and a series of webinars that feature subject matter experts who address emerging issues in the field.  In addition to providing technical assistance, NRI is also working with Westat to implement SAMHSA’s MHBG 10% Set-Aside Evaluation. The evaluation assess the program fidelity of 38 study sites nation-wide over two years, taking into account the local environmental and contextual factors of each site.  For more information on any of these initiatives, please contact Kristin Neylon

Webinar Recaps: Olmstead Communities of Practice

March 29, 2018

In March, NRI helped organize and facilitate two webinars for SAMHSA's Olmstead Communities of Practice.  The purpose of the Olmstead COP is to bring together behavioral health stakeholders to discuss challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned related to improving community integration for individuals with mental illnesses.  

Supporting Evidence-Based and Promising Practices: Assertive Community Treatment Fidelity and Rural Considerations * March 20, 2018

Hannah Koch, Psy.D. from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education shared her expertise on implementing ACT in rural areas and the implication for model fidelity.  Recording | Slides

The Intersection of Olmstead and the Criminal Justice System: Using ADA and Olmstead Principles to Divert People with Mental Illness from the Criminal Justice System * March 28, 2018

This webinar featured Mark Murphy from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law; Melissa Smith from the State of Delaware; and Bob Bernstein, Delaware's Court Monitor.  This panel shared their expertise with Olmstead and how it relates to the criminal justice system, and lessons learned from Delaware's Settlement Agreement with the Department of Justice.  Recording | Slides 

For more information on these webinars and the Olmstead Community of Practice, please contact Kristin Neylon