Research Briefs

MNCAMH research briefs offer an introduction to the Center’s research and evaluation initiatives. Together, these briefs can be used as a tool for community-wide dissemination of research results that support MNCAMH training and raise public awareness of issues related to mental health, substance abuse, and treatment of CODs.

Treatment of Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Preparedness of Social Workers and Alcohol and Drug Counselors in Minnesota

Of the 9.2 million Americans with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (CODs), only 44.4% received treatment for either mental illness or substance use disorder alone, while an even smaller minority (7.7%) received treatment for both (SAMHSA, 2012). Download Brief

Integration of Mental Health and Primary Care: Barriers, Strategies, and Recommendations

Individuals with serious mental illness have a much shorter lifespan than the general population, with increased incidence of physical illness such as hypertension, diabetes, and respiratory disease (De Hert et al., 2011). To address the life expectancy gap between those with serious mental illness and the general population in Minnesota, the 10 x 10 initiative was started in 2008. The goal of this initiative is to increase the lifespan of individuals with serious mental illness by 10 years within 10 years. Download Brief

Piloting Integrated Illness Management and Recovery with Assertive Community Treatment Teams: Targeting Physical Health in Persons with Serious Mental Illness

The Minnesota 10 by 10 initiative, led by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, has set a goal to increase the life expectancy of individuals with SMI by 10 years, in 10 years from its commencement in 2011 (Minnesota Department of Human Services, 2011). As part of the Minnesota 10 by 10 initiative, resources were developed to create opportunities for increasing discussion surrounding physical health screenings between health care providers, practitioners, clients, and their family members. MNCAMH trained 10 ACT teams across Minnesota in the I-IMR model to examine the feasibility of an individualized intervention to address both mental and physical health needs. This Research Brief highlights the outcomes of the intervention. Download Brief

December 13 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Current Health Perspectives on the Legalization of Cannabis

The debate continues over medical marijuana and broadly legalizing its use among adults.  There are several public health questions about the potential medicinal benefits and health harms associated with legalization.  Attendees will learn about current research on cannabis, including issues pertaining to risk for mental illness and impact of the drug on brain development.  The presenter will also address several specific arguments in the cannabis legalization debate. Learn More

January 10, 2020 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Vaping and the Developing Brain: How big tobacco is capitalizing on adolescent brain development and what health professionals can do about it

Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, MD, FAAP Friday, January 10,2020 Noon. – 1pm With 1 in 5 Minnesota high school students reporting e-cigarette use in the prior month, health care professionals caring for them must understand the short and long-term impact on the adolescent and young adult brain. This… Learn More