Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Mental Health Services and Interventions Grants


Type of Activity: Research

Funding Mechanism:Grants

Total Available Funding: N/A

Number of Awards: 17

Award Amount: $5.6 Million per year

Length of Project Period: Varies (2-5 years)

Federal Partners: N/A

Summary:Within the NIMH Division of Services and Interventions Research, seventeen active grants support research related to improving available services and interventions for incarcerated populations and their families. The investigator-initiated studies include infrastructure development grants (two advanced centers), career development awards, pilot studies, and large-scale research projects. Topics include treatment, prevention and services intervention development across juvenile and adult correctional systems, community reentry programs, and the ethics of conducting research within jails and prisons.

Principle Investigator Location Title
Current Grantees:
Naomi E. Goldstein Drexel University 
Philadelphia, PA
Anger Management Treatment for Female Juvenile Offenders
Caron Zlotnick Women and Infants Hospital 
Providence RI
Interventions for Financially Disadvantaged Mothers
Carol Louise Caton Columbia University 
New York, NY
Columbia Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies
Bartley Christopher Frueh University of Hawaii at Hilo 
Hilo, HI
Mentoring/Career Development in PTSD Services Research
Jeffery N. Draine University of Pennsylvania 
Philadelphia, PA
Critical Time Intervention (CTI) for Men with Mental Illness Leaving Prison
J. Steven Lamberti University of Rochester 
Rochester, NY
Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: An Emerging Model of Service Delivery
Karen J. Cusack University of North Carolina 
Chapel Hill, NC
PTSD and Dual Disorders at the Interface of the MH and CJ Systems
Nancy Wolff Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Advanced Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research
Christine E. Grella University of California – Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Mental Health Characteristics and Service Utilization of Substance-Abusing Offend
John Edens Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Contextual Influences in Prisoner Research
Alison L. Miller University of Michigan 
Ann Arbor, MI
Locally-Tailored Prevention Programming for Children of Incarcerated Mothers
Cathleen E. Willging Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation 
Beltsville, MD
Mental Illness and Community Reentry in a Multi-Ethnic Population of Female Inmates
Cheryl Cepelak Connecticut State Department of Corrections 
Wethersfield, CT
Formalizing a Research Partnership in Corrections
Joseph P. Morrissey University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC Community Reentry of Persons with Severe Mental Illness Released from State Prison
Michael Rowe Yale University 
New Haven, CT
Social Inclusion and Mental Illness: Outcome Measure Development
Stephanie Hartwell University of Massachusetts Boston, 
Boston, MA
Evaluating Effectiveness of a Statewide Public Mental Health Reentry Program

Future Prospects: One time funding; may submit applications for funding of additional research projects.


Robert K. Heinssen, , Ph.D., ABPP
Director, Division ofServices and Intervention Research
Phone: (301) 435-0371
Email: rheinsse@mail.nih.gov

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