In collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), a nationally recognized research leader among state mental health and substance abuse agencies, the University of Connecticut School of Social Work conducts innovative research to inform policy and practice in the mental health and addictions fields.
UConn School of Social Work faculty and staff work in collaboration with the DMHAS staff and other research partners. Researchers affiliated with the DMHAS Research Division conduct a diverse array of federally funded research and evaluation studies focused on such programmatic areas as supported housing, homeless families, criminal justice diversion, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, consumer-operated services, mental health service quality indicators, substance abuse treatment outcomes, and the prevention of substance abuse. In addition, the DMHAS Research Division provides a number of supervised research experiences for doctoral and masters level researchers in training from multiple social science disciplines.
UConn School of Social Work current DMHAS research projects include:
- ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) for Recovery
- Nursing Home Transition Study
- Evaluation of ASIST
- Services in Supportive Housing Program Evaluation Study
- Connecticut Mental Health Transformation Evaluation
- Evaluation of the Community Support Program and Recovery Pathways
- DIG Program Evaluation and Analysis
- CT Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS) Center
- Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Project
- Veteran Diversion Evaluation