Papers Commissioned to Inform 2008 Conference on Developing a Mental Health Research Agenda

Working papers for a conference aimed at developing a research agenda for behavioral health

During 2006 and 2007, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Network on Mental Health Policy Research commissioned a series of working papers to stimulate agenda building and encourage future funding of mental health research in areas that do not pertain directly to mental health, such as education, housing, criminal justice, disparities and welfare.

The Network on Mental Health Policy Research is a research network sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to develop a knowledge base linking mental health policies, financing and organization to their effects on access to quality care.

Members of the network co-authored the commissioned papers with experts in a non-mental health field. On May 9–10, 2007, all authors attended a meeting in Miami to discuss the papers and offer critiques. Based on these discussions, the authors revised and finalized the papers.

Key Results

  • The eight commissioned papers include:

    • "Housing Policy in Persons with Mental Illness: Research Gaps and Opportunities," Newman S and Goldman H.
    • "Mental Health and Education Policy: Research Issues & Opportunities," Kataoka S, Hoagwood K and Rowan B.
    • "Income Support, Employment and Social Insurance Programs," Danziger S, Frank R and Meara E.
    • "Productivity Growth and Technology Diffusion in the Treatment of Mental Illness," Drake R and Skinner J.
    • "Managing Dangerousness: New Models for Collaboration between Justice & Mental Health Systems," Fagan J, Cocozza J and Morrissey J.
    • "The Role of Culture, Race and Ethnicity in Health and Mental Health Disparities," Miranda J, McGuire T, Wang P and Williams D.
    • "What Is Old Is New Again: A Research Agenda for Stewardship in an Age of Ambiguity and Wicked Problems," Brown L, Hogan M and Isett K.
    • "Competition Policy and Mental Health Care," Cuellar A and Hass-Wilson D.

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