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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Outreach Partnership Program

The National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health is the lead Federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. NIMH envisions a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured. The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. This public health mandate demands that the Institute harness powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment, and eventually, prevention of these disabling conditions that affect millions of Americans.

The Outreach Partnership Program is a nationwide initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL). The Program works to increase the public’s access to science-based mental health information through partnerships with national and state nonprofit organizations. The Program has a particular emphasis on reaching historically underserved populations. The Program also strives to enhance opportunities for the public to benefit from participation in research. These partnerships provide NIMH with the opportunity to engage community organizations in dialogue to better understand the needs, questions, and concerns of those intended to benefit from the research the Institute supports.

Objectives
The Outreach Partnership Program is vital to NIMH’s efforts to deliver science-based information to communities across the country. Specifically, the Program is designed to:

  • Foster more widespread understanding about mental disorders, the brain, and behavior, thereby helping to reduce misperceptions and negative attitudes towards mental illness; 
  • Increase awareness of the role of basic, translational, and clinical research in the understanding, prevention, and treatment of mental illnesses; and
  • Increase awareness about the opportunities to benefit from participation in mental health research.

Outreach Partners
There are 55 Outreach Partner organizations representing all states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Outreach Partners disseminate NIMH research findings and educational materials to the public throughout their states and local communities, including families and individuals affected by mental illness, healthcare professionals, underserved populations, and other constituencies such as schools, social service agencies, and faith-based organizations. Outreach Partners also conduct targeted outreach activities to address mental disorders among children and adolescents and other populations identified to be at-risk, and mental health disparities that occur because of race, ethnicity, age (e.g., older adults), education, income, disability status, geographic location, or risk status related to sex and gender. In addition, Outreach Partners promote volunteer participation in NIMH and NIH clinical trials and often collaborate with researchers to advance the research process. Learn more about what Outreach Partners are doing to address mental health disparities and increase awareness about mental disorders during childhood and adolescence.

Outreach Partners are selected through a competitive process and serve three-year terms. Benefits provided to these organizations include an annual stipend, sponsored participation in an annual meeting, the biweekly electronic Update newsletter featuring the latest Federal news and resources related to mental health, and access to NIMH scientific and educational publications for mass dissemination. Partners are able to network among themselves and with Federal, national, and state organizations through the annual meetings and a dedicated electronic mailing list.
See list of Outreach Partners

NAMI Oregon is proud to serve as an NIMH Outreach Partner. We welcome the opportunity to continue providing Oregonians affected by mental illness with the latest science-based mental health information. Please see notices of clinical trial recruitment and read about the latest developments in NIMH's pursuit of its mission below (click on the update title to read the full text).

Notices of Clinical Trial Recruitment

For general information on clinical trials, browse the respective webpages for NIMH Clinical Trials and NIH Clinical Trials.

August 1, 2014

NATIONWIDE RECRUITMENT: BIPOLAR DISORDER (ADULT) RESEARCH STUDY
BIPOLAR DISORDER & RILUZOLE (OUTPATIENT OR INPATIENT: 8 WEEKS)
This study of Riluzole (an FDA-approved drug for Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS) tests how this drug affects glutamate in the brain and improves treatment-resistant depressive symptoms (failure to reduce symptoms after taking two or more antidepressants.) Recruiting ages 18-70. [03-M-0092]
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/labs-at-nimh/join-a-study/trials/adult-studies/bipolar-depression-and-riluzole.shtml
National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
For more information on research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD click here www.nimh.nih.gov/JoinAStudy.

July 1, 2014

NATIONWIDE RECRUITMENT: BIPOLAR DISORDER PEDIATRIC RESEARCH STUDY
TREATMENT OF SEVERE MOOD DYSREGULATION, SMD
(Inpatient: 12- to 15 weeks) This study tests the efficacy of different treatments for decreasing irritability in children with severe mood and behavioral problems. Participants have symptoms of severe irritability and are not doing well on their current medications. The child must be currently in treatment with a physician, medically healthy and not currently hospitalized, psychotic or suicidal. The study includes day or full hospitalization to discontinue medication, followed by either methylphenidate plus citalopram, or methylphenidate plus placebo. Recruiting ages 7-17. [09-M-0034]
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/labs-at-nimh/join-a-study/trials/childrens-studies/clinical-trial-of-citalopram-and-methylphenidate-in-severe-mood-dysregulation.shtml
For more information on research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD click here www.nimh.nih.gov/JoinAStudy.


ROAR: HHS AGENCIES SEEK TO RECRUIT OLDER ADULTS INTO RESEARCH
This National Institute on Aging post describes HHS efforts to increase older adult enrollment in clinical trials. Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR) seeks to raise research awareness and engagement among older adults, connect them with easy and actionable opportunities to participate, and ultimately, expand the pool of older adults willing to participate in clinical studies and trials for Alzheimer's and other health conditions. http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/features/roar-hhs-agencies-seek-recruit-older-adults-research

 

June 1, 2014

SCHIZOPHRENIA AND GENETICS (Outpatient: 1-2 days) This study examines the role genes play in schizophrenia. Eligible participants have a diagnosis of schizophrenia and no serious drug or alcohol abuse. If possible, the siblings and/or parents of the individuals are invited for interviews and blood donation. Travel and lodging assistance may be available. Recruiting ages 18-55. [95-M-0150] http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov/SchizophreniaAdult.aspx#161

National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information on research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD click here http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov.

May 1, 2014

SCHIZOPHRENIA AND GENETICS (Outpatient: 1-2 days) This study examines the role genes play in schizophrenia. Eligible participants have a diagnosis of schizophrenia and no serious drug or alcohol abuse. If possible, the siblings and/or parents of the individuals are invited for interviews and blood donation. Travel and lodging assistance may be available. Recruiting ages 18-55. [95-M-0150] http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov/SchizophreniaAdult.aspx#161

National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information on research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD click here http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov.

March 1, 2014

NATIONWIDE RECRUITMENT SCHIZOPHRENIA (PEDIATRIC) RESEARCH STUDY: CHILDHOOD ONSET PSYCHOTIC DISORDERS (Inpatient: 3 weeks & 4-6 months) This study investigates the causes and treatment of childhood psychotic disorders that start prior to age 12. Thorough evaluations are provided including genetic studies, and further participation in a drug treatment sub-study is optional. Currently recruiting ages 6-18. [89-M-0006] http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov/SchizophreniaPediatric.aspx National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. For more information on research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD click here http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov.

COMBAT INJURY STUDY FOR MILITARY FAMILIES The FOCUS-CI—Families OverComing Under Stress: Combat Injury study evaluates the effects of combat injuries on the entire family while studying the best ways to keep injured service members, Veterans, and their families healthy, strong, and resilient. The goals of the FOCUS-CI are: to evaluate the effects of combat injuries on all members of a family; to shed light on the recovery of injured individuals, and how they and their families may best be helped over time; to learn if a new program will strengthen families and help them learn new skills to deal with the challenges they are facing; and to provide a forum for service members and families to confidentially share whatever successes and challenges they have experienced while adjusting to a combat injury. The FOCUS-CI Study is sponsored by a Department of Defense grant and is being conducted by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a Federal university which educates and trains military health professionals. http://www.cifamilies.org/about-the-study/

February 1, 2014

NATIONWIDE RECRUITMENT: BIPOLAR DISORDER PEDIATRIC RESEARCH STUDY Descriptive Study of Bipolar Disorder: Outpatient: 1-3 visits and may include follow-up visits until age 25 This study describes, over time, the moods and behavior of children. Participants must have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, be currently in treatment with a physician, medically healthy and not currently hospitalized, psychotic or suicidal. The study includes performing research & computer tasks, neuropsychological testing, and MRI brain imaging. Recruiting ages 6-17. [00-M-0198]
To find out about study criteria and qualifications, or for more information, please call 301-496-8381 or email bipolarkids@mail.nih.gov. http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov/BipolarDisorderPediatric.aspx
National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information on research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD click here http://patientinfo.nimh.nih.gov.

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NIMH Updates

NIMH Update August 15, 2014

  • Emergency department visits for drug-related suicide attempts rise over six year period
  • Emergency department visits linked to zolpidem overmedication nearly doubled
  • Substance use treatment facilities offering outreach service rise 10 percentage points since 2006
  • HHS awards more than $106 million to support state home visiting programs
  • VA announces new grants to help end veterans homelessness

NIMH Update August 1, 2014

  • Schizophrenia's genetic "skyline" rising
  • Common gene variants account for most genetic risk for autism
  • How might new neurons buffer against stress?
  • NIH system to monitor emerging drug trends
  • Substance use during childhood or adolescence is linked to long-term health risks
  • HHS awards $54.6 million in Affordable Care Act mental health services funding
  • DOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans

NIMH Update July 15, 2014

  • Rehabilitation helps prevent depression from age-relation vision loss
  • New brain imaging dataset now available to enhance reliability and reproducibility
  • Obama administration releases national drug control policy strategy emphasizing public health approaches to nation's drug problem
  • HHS announces the availability of $100 Million in ACA funding to expand access to primary care through new community health centers
  • HHS awards $83.4 Million to train new primary care providers
  • Report shows combining drug use with underage drinking raises health risks
  • Young adults more likely to attend college

NIMH Update July 1, 2014

  • Lead in kids' blood linked with behavioral and emotional problems
  • Report shows rise in methamphetamine-related hospital emergency department visits
  • SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $5.6 million for cooperative agreements to implement the national strategy for suicide prevention
  • SAMHSA is providing up to $1.5 million in supplemental funding for the cooperative agreement for networking, certifying and training of suicide prevention hotlines
  • HHS grants bolster health care and public health disaster preparedness

NIMH Update June 15, 2014

  • Shining a light on memory
  • NIH embraces bold, 12-year scientific vision for brain initiative
  • NIDA review summarizes research on marijuana's negative health effects
  • MDMA can be fatal in warm environments
  • Report reveals millions of young adults use illicit substances every day

NIMH Update June 1, 2014

  • Older medication just as effective as newer medication for patients with schizophrenia
  • Genes impact suspect cortex areas more as youth mature
  • Emergency departments see increased visits involving the nonmedical use of sedative alprazolam

NIMH Update May 15, 2014

  • NIMH's Dr. Robert Heinssen receives special Presidential commendation from APA
  • Longevity gene may boost brain power
  • SAMSA data reveal the impact of behavioral health conditions and treatment on older adolescents and young adults
  • Inactivity related to chronic disease in adults with disabilities
  • 2014 National Alzheimer's disease plan available

NIMH Update May 1, 2014

  • Jump-starting natural resilience reverses stress susceptibility
  • Channel makeover bioengineered to switch off neurons
  • NIMH director honored by BBRF
  • Ocytocin promotes social behavior in infant rhesus monkeys
  • More than half of all adults with serious thoughts of suicide do not receive mental health services
  • Half of all substance abuse treatment facilities accept teen clients
  • NIDA announces new resources for healthcare providers
  • American Indian and Alaska Native death rates nearly 50 percent greater than those of non-Hispanic whites
  • CDC reports on effective strategies for reducing health disparities

NIMH Update April 15, 2014

  • NIH-funded brain atlas offers clues to psychiatric disorders
  • Most individuals receive health services a year before suicide death
  • Disorganized cortical patches suggest prenatal origin of autism
  • CDC estimates 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder
  • New resource helps identify developmental delays in infants and young children
  • SAMHSA and USDA collaborate to help communities better identify local behavioral health issues
  • Gender differences are an important factor when examining patterns in substance abuse
  • New interactive video claims to better protect research subjects and reduce misconduct in clinical research
  • HHS announces progress in disease prevention and health promotion

NIMH Update March 15, 2014

  • Suicide in the military
  • Brain region singled out for social memory
  • Girls thrive emotionally, boys falter after move to better neighborhood
  • Announcing new U.S. disability statistics on the NIMH website
  • Nine eating disorders myths busted
  • Physicians are a leading source of prescription opiods for the highest-risk users

NIMH Update March 1, 2014

  • More than one-third of adults experiencing major depressive episodes did not talk to a care provider
  • SAMHSA issues advisory to treatment community on the danger of heroin contaminated with fentanyl and what can be done to save lives
  • NIH releases comprehensive new data outlining Hispanic/Latino health and habits

NIMH Update February 15, 2014

  • NIH, industry and non-profits join forces to speed validaiton of disease targets
  • FY2014 funding for SAMHSA expands vital mental health services - especially for children and youth
  • FDA launches its first national public education campaign to prevent, reduce youth tobacco use

NIMH Update February 1, 2014

  • Adult illicit drug users are far more likely to seriously consider suicide
  • SAMHSA'S nwe report tracks the behavioral health of America
  • VA offers $600 Million in funding to support services for homeless veteran families
  • New committee to advise HHS on needs of children in disasters

NIMH Update January 15, 2014

  • Severe mental illness (SMI) tied to higher rates of substance abuse
  • NIH's 2013 monitoring the future survey shows high rates of marijuana use
  • Obama administration takes additional steps to strengthen the federal background check system
  • 43.7 million Americans experienced mental illness in 2012
  • HHS strengthens community living options for older Americans and People with Disabilities
  • VA to expand benefits for traumatic brain injury
  • U.S. Departments of Education and Justice release school discipline guidance package
  • Cognitive training shows staying power
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