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

May 10 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

An Overview of the NAVIGATE Model: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach for Persons with First Episode Psychosis

In this webinar, we will talk about the importance of providing high-quality, intensive treatment early on in the development of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders from individual, family, and societal standpoints. Research supporting NAVIGATE as an effective treatment will be presented, as well as in-depth descriptions of the various manualized interventions in NAVIGATE, as well as who is an appropriate referral to the three local teams providing NAVIGATE in the metro area. This webinar is pre-approved for one CEU by the Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Learn More

June 14 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

E-cigarettes: Variations in nicotine delivery and toxicity profiles

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are devices designed to deliver inhalable nicotine without burning tobacco. These devices have been continuously evolving and increasing in popularity since their first introduction to the market, and many different types are currently available.  E-cigarettes vary dramatically in design, voltage settings, battery power, the airflow rate, and other characteristics. In addition, liquids designed for the use with e-cigarettes are highly diverse, with hundreds of brands and thousands of flavors, each available in a variety of nicotine concentrations. The impact of these factors on nicotine intake and toxicant exposures in users will be discussed. Learn More