Center Happenings - August 2014

The Center is very pleased to have been selected as the 2014 winner of the American Psychological Association (APA)'s Richard M. Suinn Minority Achievement Award. The Suinn Award is presented to a program that has demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and training of ethnic minority students. 

New Publication: How did health reform affect access to mental health care?
A key part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act is the provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans up to age 25. A new study in this month’s Health Affairs, co-authored by the Center’s own Dr. Benjamin Le Cook, found that this provision increased use of mental health treatment among young adults aged 19-25 when compared to a control group of people aged 26-35. Dr. Cook and lead author Dr. Brendan Saloner conclude that the Affordable Care Act seems to have removed one of the most common barriers to mental health care for young adults but that other factors such as provider supply and continuity of treatment may affect access over the long-term. Check out the original publication here and a shorter write-up in TIME.

The results of the Center's DECIDE clinical trial are now published in JAMA Psychiatry.
The DECIDE intervention was tested in 13 outpatient community mental health clinics across 5 states and 1 US territory from 2009 to 2011. DECIDE is an educational strategy that teaches patients to ask questions and make collaborative decisions with their behavioral health care professional. Results show that the DECIDE intervention appears to help patients learn to effectively ask questions and participate in decisions about their behavioral health care.  The study was funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Read more about the Center's follow-up study incorporating a health care professional component, Effectiveness of DECIDE in Patient-Provider Communication, Therapeutic Alliance, and Care Continuation, funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

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International Latino Research Partnership (ILRP) staff and advisors meet in Madrid for our first Advisory Board meeting in March, 2014. Partners came together at the Fundacion Jimenez Diaz, our partner in Madrid, and included collaborators from the Center, Vall D'Hebron Univeristy Hospital in Barcelona, and the Univeristy of Puerto Rico. Together wih a team of advisors from Spain and the U.S., we worked together to refine project strategies to best test an integrated care model for the Latino immigrant population in both countries.

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The mission of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research is to generate innovative mental health services research that helps shape policy, practice and service delivery to reduce disparities and improve the well-being of multicultural populations. 

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