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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Standing Committee On Integrating New Behavioral Health Measures Into The Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration’s Data Collection Programs

The Standing Committee on Integrating New Behavioral Health Measures into the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Data Collection Programs will assist SAMHSA and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in their responsibilities to expand the measures of behavioral health in SAMHSA data collection programs. The Behavioral Health Measures Standing Committee’s work will focus on the following four broad topic areas:
(1) measuring serious emotional disturbance in children,
(2) measuring trauma,
(3) measuring recovery from a substance use or mental disorder, and
(4) measuring specific mental illness diagnoses with functional impairment.
 
Within these principal areas, the Behavioral Health Measures Standing Committee will identify topics to be explored in depth in the form of three public workshops, including new measures and efficient mechanisms for collecting the data. Options for expanding SAMHSA’s behavioral health data collection in these areas include adding new measures to existing surveys, such as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), reinstating the Mental Health Surveillance Study (MHSS), initiating new data collections, or implementing model-based estimation procedures that take advantage of existing data sources, in the event that primary data collection methods are cost-prohibitive or not necessary. The committee and workshop discussions will consider survey and questionnaire design tradeoffs, as well as the potential impact of any changes to existing surveys, such as the NSDUH. While the Standing Committee itself will not produce reports, publicly available summaries will be prepared of the presentations and discussions at workshops (commissioned papers and presentation slides will also be posted on the CNSTAT web site).

The Standing Committee on Integrating New Behavioral Health Measures into the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Data Collection Programs is a committee appointed by the Academies’ National Research Council through its Committee on National Statistics and Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, and in collaboration with the National Academy of Medicine's Board on Health Sciences Policy. Members are appointed for 2-year terms beginning October 2014 and will meet periodically through summer 2016. The work of the Standing Committee will play an important role in informing the implementation of an efficient approach towards the collection of enhanced population data that supports policy, research, and public understanding in the area of behavioral health.

Sponsors: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


Meetings

PAST MEETINGS:

Standing Committee Meeting: January 29-30, 2015 - Agenda
Location: The National Academy of Sciences Building, Room 125, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037

Workshop: June 11, 2015 - Agenda
Measuring Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children
Location: 
The Keck Center of The National Academies, Room 201, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Presentations: Glorisa Canino
, Benjamin Druss, Steve Heeringa, Ian Hickie, Michael Kogan, Kathleen Merikangas, Heather Ringeisen and Jeremy Aldworth, Neil Russell, Peter Szatmari, Susanna Visser, Alan Zaslavsky

Workshop: September 24, 2015 - Agenda
Measuring Specific Mental Illness Diagnoses with Functional Impairment

Location: The Keck Center of The National Academies, Room 208, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Presentations:  Stephen BlumbergDavid CellaLisa Colpe, Robert Gibbons
, Ron Manderscheid, Mark Olfson, Neil Russell, Theo Vos

Workshop: December 17, 2015 - Agenda
Measuring Trauma
Location:
The Keck Center of The National Academies, Room 101, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Presentations: Rhonda Karg, Terence Keane, Dean Kilpatrick, Robert Pynoos, Neil Russell, Benjamin Saunders, Terry Schell, Robert Ursano


Workshop: February 24, 2016 - Agenda
Measuring Recovery from a Substance Use or Mental Disorder 
Location: The Keck Center of The National Academies, Room 101, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Presentations:  Michael DennisAlyson EssexChristine GrellaDonna Hillman and Steven FryKeith HumphreysCorey KeyesAlexandre Laudet-DefinitionAlexandre Laudet-MeasuresKim MueserNeil RussellMark SalzerKenneth Wells

Standing Committee Meeting: May 26, 2016 - Agenda
Location: The Keck Center of The National Academies, Room 201, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Discussion briefs:  Measuring Specific Mental Illness Diagnoses with Functional Impairment, Measuring Trauma, Measuring Recovery from Substance Use and Mental Disorder



Workshop Summaries

Measuring Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children: Workshop Summary

Measuring Specific Mental Illness Diagnoses with Functional Impairment: Workshop Summary

Measuring Trauma: Workshop Summary

Measuring Recovery from Substance Use or Mental Disorders: Workshop Summary



Commissioned Papers

Measurement of Serious Emotional Disturbance in Population-Based Studies of US Children (Katholiki Georgiades, Peter Szatmari)

The Role of Measuring Functional Impairment in Assessing Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children
(Glorisa Canino)

Assessing Children and Adolescents in Large Scale Surveys: Identifying Prevalence of Serious Emotional Disturbance
(Sally Atkins-Burnett)

Challenges and Options for Estimating the Prevalence of Autism in Population Surveys (Alison Presmanes Hill, Katharine Zuckerman, Eric Fombonne)

Challenges and Options for Estimating the Prevalence of Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorders, and Bipolar Disorders in Population Surveys
(John J. McGrath, Fiona Charlson, Harvey A. Whiteford)

Considerations in Estimating the Prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Populations Not Typically Covered in Household Surveys - Updated (Richard A. Kulka)

Challenges and Options for Adding Trauma Items to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
(Christal L. Badour, Amanda K. Gilmore, Heidi S. Resnick)

Youth Recovery from Substance Use Disorders and Co-occurring Disorders: Implications of Developmental Perspectives on Practice, Assessment, Definitions, and Measurement (Rachel Gonzales-Castaneda and Yifrah Kaminer)

Managing Stakeholder Expectations in Ongoing Federal Surveys (Barbara C. O’Hare)

Steps Involved in Adding Questions or Existing Scales to an Existing Large-Scale Federal Survey
(Evelyn S. Mathis)

Overview of Sources of Existing Data on Behavioral Health (Jeanne C. Rivard)



Members 

James S. Jackson
(Chair), Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
Hortensia D. Amaro, Department of Social Work, University of Southern California
Frederick G. Conrad, Survey Research Center and Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Michigan
Michael Davern, National Opinion Research Center
Benjamin Druss, Department of Health Policy and Management, Emory University
Graham Kalton, Westat
Dean G. Kilpatrick, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South
   Carolina, Charleston
Kathleen Ries Merikangas, Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health
Nora Cate Schaeffer, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin
Lisa Schwartz, Mathematica Policy Research


Staff
Krisztina Marton, Study Director
Jeanne Rivard, Senior Program Officer
Adrienne Stith Butler, Senior Program Officer
Michael Siri, Program Associate

To submit a question or comment to the project, please email BHMSC@nas.edu.
(please provide name, affiliation, and contact information, along with your comment/question)





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