The Center for Behavioral Health Services & Criminal Justice Research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), advances research that seeks to improve the welfare of people with mental illness in ways that minimize the disruption of treatment and maximize their potential to lead productive and rewarding lives. We achieve our mission by fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary research informed by the expertise of practitioners, policymakers, advocates, and consumers.
The Center, while “borderless,” is located at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. It is directed by Nancy Wolff (Rutgers), with Helene White (Rutgers) serving as Deputy Director. The Center’s Research, Methods, and Network cores are directed, respectively, by Steven Belenko (Temple University), and Richard Baron (University of Pennsylvania).
Together, under the auspices of the Research and Methods cores, researchers and stakeholders pursue timely, rigorous, and interdisciplinary services and intervention research. The Network Core builds and sustains social networks through local and web-based communities of practice. These networks are information highways for translating service and policy needs and problems to researchers and disseminating research evidence to practitioners and policy makers. Our practice laboratory supports the testing of interventions in community settings.