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Vision & Mission

Vision: To ensure that all people have equitable access to behavioral health care and the opportunities to achieve optimal health outcomes.

Mission: Establish a national center for mental/behavioral health policy and research, provide thought leadership, and engage key stakeholders to advance mental and behavioral health equity.

Impact Areas

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The Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy & Research will focus on behavioral/mental health research, policy tracking and analysis, and thought leadership. The center will serve as a national resource for convening key stakeholders regarding policy-relevant behavioral/mental health issues and providing leadership focused on reducing health disparities and ensuring equitable access to quality behavioral health care and optimal health outcomes for people living with mental health and substance use disorders.

Initially, the center will:

  1. Develop a state behavioral health database to track, monitor, and support the analysis of behavioral health policies and their impact.

  2. Assess state, regional, and national emergency systems of care for mental/behavioral health disorders.

  3. Continue to build best practice models for culturally-informed integrated (primary and behavioral health) care that include policy implications and solutions to policy and system-level barriers.

  4. Assess policy level interventions that address community-level risk and protective factors to mitigate risk and maximize resilience.

Leadership

Dual leadership for the early development of the Mental Health Policy Center will be provided by Drs. Glenda Wrenn, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health and Harry J. Heiman, Director of the Division of Health Policy at SHLI.  They will work with the appropriate persons from The Kennedy Forum.

A National Advisory Board will be established with input from both Morehouse School of Medicine and The Kennedy Forum. Additionally, we will continue to build our extensive network of collaborating thought leaders and partner organizations.

Administrative contact: Ayanna Jackson (anjackson@msm.edu)

SHLI on Twitter

IMG_2028 180px

Vision & Mission


Vision:
To ensure that all people have equitable access to behavioral health care and the opportunities to achieve optimal health outcomes.

Mission: Establish a national center for mental/behavioral health policy and research, provide thought leadership, and engage key stakeholders to advance mental and behavioral health equity.

Impact Areas

The Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy & Research will focus on behavioral/mental health research, policy tracking and analysis, and thought leadership. The center will serve as a national resource for convening key stakeholders regarding policy-relevant behavioral/mental health issues and providing leadership focused on reducing health disparities and ensuring equitable access to quality behavioral health care and optimal health outcomes for people living with mental health and substance use disorders.

Initially, the center will:

  1. Develop a state behavioral health database to track, monitor, and support the analysis of behavioral health policies and their impact.

  2. Assess state, regional, and national emergency systems of care for mental/behavioral health disorders.

  3. Continue to build best practice models for culturally-informed integrated (primary and behavioral health) care that include policy implications and solutions to policy and system-level barriers.

  4. Assess policy level interventions that address community-level risk and protective factors to mitigate risk and maximize resilience.

Leadership

Dual leadership for the early development of the Mental Health Policy Center will be provided by Drs. Glenda Wrenn, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health and Harry J. Heiman, Director of the Division of Health Policy at SHLI.  They will work with the appropriate persons from The Kennedy Forum.

A National Advisory Board will be established with input from both Morehouse School of Medicine and The Kennedy Forum. Additionally, we will continue to build our extensive network of collaborating thought leaders and partner organizations.

Administrative contact: Ayanna Jackson (anjackson@msm.edu)

SHLI on Twitter