The PRC conducts interdisciplinary research on services for individuals who have mental illness. The PRC specializes in developing effective interventions under research conditions, then translating these interventions into actual mental health service and addiction treatment practices and evaluating their effectiveness in routine practice settings. PRC research incorporates multiple scientific perspectives, such as clinical, economic, and ethnographic. The PRC works with efficacy and services researchers to address the needs of multiple stakeholders through effectiveness research in routine practice settings. The major fields of research conducted at the PRC include addiction health services, dual diagnosis, implementation, IPS supported employment, shared decision-making, and technology.
The PRC was established in 1987 with initial research in New Hampshire focused on integrating case management and substance abuse services, and on integrating vocational and mental health services. In the early 1990s, the PRC expanded beyond New Hampshire and replicated its earlier findings through research in urban settings in Connecticut and Washington, DC. In the late 1990s, the PRC developed new research areas; further developed existing programs; enhanced economics, statistics, and data management capacity; developed a greater number of research collaborations around the country; and enhanced junior faculty support and training. Today, the PRC’s staff are involved in various capacities (e.g., investigators, consultants, trainers) in many states. Our current projects are listed here.