Social Solutions and Services Research
With much discussion and action around the need for better care and innovative approaches to behavioral health care services, disparities in access, engagement and recovery remain. Through our newly envisioned Department of Social Solutions and Services Research at NKI, it is our goal to lead community-relevant research and evaluation that is attentive to the social and structural determinants of health that directly impact mental health and substance use services among populations where disparities are greatest across New York State.
At NKI, this opportunity exists given its multi-disciplinary research approach. Our team is engaged in investigating creative solutions operating at both individual and structural levels, to optimize effective and efficient delivery of mental health care. Due to new national and state policy reforms, connecting highest need communities to prevention, wellness, and recovery is a high priority for the Office of Mental Health, as well as for NKI.
These factors are, in turn, intertwined with race and ethnicity, income, immigration status, language barriers, aging, and culturally-based factors including various forms of stigma and discrimination that often accompany these challenging life circumstances. Testing innovative approaches (such as the use of mental health peer advocates) to improve quality service outcomes, and using robust epidemiologic and services research methods are vital for achieving successful translation, implementation, and sustainability.
Mt Sinai Hospital, Fordham University, John Jay College (CUNY), Columbia University School of Social Work, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City Human Resources Administration, NYS Psychiatric Institute, New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, Bellevue and Kings County Hospitals, Center for Urban Community Services, the Mental Health Empowerment Project, Patient Centered Outcomes Institute, Mental Health America, and the NYS Office of Temporary Disabilities and Assistance.