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What's New

New Unit Joins SSRI

We are pleased to announce that a new research and training unit has joined SSRI last year. The Mental Health Services Research, Evaluation, and Training Program, better known as MHSRET, relocated from the Department of Psychology to SSRI. Under the direction of Dr. A. Michael Wylie, the program is committed to improving the quality of life for persons with severe and persistent mental illness through evidence-based practices and mental health services research. The MHSRET Program is a collaborative project between the State of Hawaii Adult Mental Health Division and the University of Hawaii Social Science Research Institute. Supporting over 15 graduate assistants and employing over 40 full-time staff, the MHSRET Program brings in about $ 3 - 5 million in extramural funds annually.


The cornerstone of the MHSRET Program is the Services Research, Evaluation, and Training (SRET) Program, which employs researchers and faculty who hold academic affiliations with SSRI, the Department of Psychology, the School of Social Work, and the School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. SRET staff are responsible for advising and supervising students. Faculty affiliated with the Department of Psychology (i.e., Dr. John Steffen, Dr. Deborah Altschul, and Dr. Keith Claypoole) supervise students in the Clinical Studies Program (CSP) who have chosen to specialize in the CSP's dual specialty training program in the area of severe mental illness.


MHSRET is one of 51 nationwide outreach partners in the National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Constituency Outreach and Education Program. They share with NIMH the commitment of disseminating science-based information on mental health to a broad array of audiences, bridging the gap between research and practice, thus improving the health and quality of life of people with mental illness.


MHSRET was recently awarded a $1,200,000 grant over a three year period (2006-2009) to increase the capacity of the state to provide specialized and enhanced mental health and social services to people over the age of 60. Hawaii will provide education and support to caregivers and service providers dealing with older adults with serious mental illnesses and offer enhanced clinical services to older adults with serious mental illnesses through the use of an evidence-based, community-based geriatric mental health treatment team.

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