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Children's Mental Health Research Service Center

The Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center in the College of Social Work improves the lives of at-risk youth and their families by researching the health and social service systems that care for them. The center is a national leader in research on organizations that provide mental health and child welfare services to youth and families. The center also conducts studies on evidence-based prevention and treatment practices for delinquency, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Much of the center’s work has focused on developing and testing strategies for assessing and changing the cultures and climates of youth-serving organizations to improve their effectiveness.

In operation for more than twenty years, the center’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and other public and private funders. In 2013, two new Betsey R. Bush Endowed Professorships were established in the center to support nationally known researchers in medicine, social work, psychology or related fields focused on child and family behavioral health.

The center recently established the ARC Institute for Organizational Effectiveness to disseminate the tools and strategies it has designed to help mental health and social service organizations become more effective in meeting the needs of the youth and families they serve.



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