Development of the ICARE Evaluation Plan

From March through June of 2007 the Sheps Center, with funding from the NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs, Inc., developed an ICARE evaluation plan to assess the impact of the ICARE initiative that includes analyses of Medicaid claims, surveys of providers and patients, and implementation of the pilot projects.

Evaluating an Intervention to Prevent Family Homelessness

In the current phase of the project, the Sheps center, in cooperation with the Coordinating Centers (Vanderbilt University) and Policy Research Associates, Inc), has begun to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of these services for homeless women and their children.

Gender, Ethnicity, and Mental Health in Primary Care

This five year project, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, is focuses on a neglected area within mental health research– how patient gender, ethnicity, and age influence the discussion and treatment of mental health problems during primary care medical visits.

Impacts of Managed Care on Substance Abuse Service Linkages

This project, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, focuses on an important issue affecting the delivery of substance abuse services across the nation: the implementation of managed care funding mechanisms on the service relationships involving outpatient substance abuse services.

Integration Diffusion for SMI Service Delivery

The goal of this study was to describe and assess the process by which integration spreads through a multi-sector service delivery network for adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

Medicaid Benefits and Patterns of Re-Arrest for Mentally Ill Patients in Jail

With funding from the National Institute of Justice, administrative data from two large urban counties were examined to assess the extent to which Medicaid benefits lead to service receipt and the extent to which receipt of services serves as a deterrent to subsequent jail incarcerations in a one-year post-release interval for persons with severe mental illness.

Ethnicity and Postpartum Depression

The project will involve recruiting a sample of 75 women at the Alamance county health department (25 Hispanic, 25 African American, and 25 white) at their second trimester visits (preferably the fifth month) and using the interviewer-administered version of the Beck Depression Inventory, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, self esteem, hopefulness, positive well-being, and social support instruments.