Minnesota Veterans Behavioral Health Needs Assessment
Wilder Research, February 2017
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) contracted with Wilder Research to conduct a behavioral health needs assessment of Veterans in Minnesota. This assessment set out to identify the mental and behavioral health needs of Minnesota Veterans, the existing mental and behavioral health resources available to them, and the opportunities to address any unmet mental or behavioral health needs of this population. more info >
Adult Mental Health: Benefit-Cost Analysis
Minnesota Management and Budget, December 2016, 71 pp.
Minnesota's Department of Human Services and county agencies administer a range of services designed to reduce the prevalence and severity of mental health conditions. Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) created an inventory of these services and conducted benefit-cost analyses of the mental health offerings in the state. more info >
Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health - Final Report 2016
Minnesota Department of Human Services, November 2016, 83 pp.
The Task Force on Mental Health was established to develop comprehensive recommendations for improving Minnesota’s mental health system. The task force concluded that Minnesota’s mental health system provides effective services that can assist people in their recovery from mental illnesses, but it is not yet a comprehensive continuum of care that promotes wellness, prevents mental illnesses where possible, and supports Minnesotans with mental illnesses to pursue recovery in their communities. This report presents nine recommendations for transforming Minnesota's mental health system into a comprehensive continuum of care. more info >
Hennepin County Children's Mental Health Collaborative
Wilder Research, September 2016
The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (HCCMHC) focuses on juvenile justice, uninsured/underinsured youth, primary care, school-based mental health services, parent involvement, culturally-responsive initiatives, early childhood, and parent leadership. more info >
Art as Intervention: Evaluation of a Trauma-Informed Creative Arts Program for Young Children
Wilder Research, September 2016, 28 pp.
Children's Theatre Company developed a series of trauma-informed creative arts workshops to help children experiencing toxic stress develop social emotional skills and resilience. They worked with early childhood organizations to implement the workshops with young children. The evaluation looks at early impacts of the program, promising practices, and lessons learned. more info >
Minnesota Hospital Association Mental and Behavioral Health Data Collection Pilot
Wilder Research, Minnesota Hospital Association, August 2016, 19 pp.
To better understand how often and why Minnesotans are unable to access mental health care in the most appropriate settings, the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) commissioned a pilot study to track the number of "potentially avoidable days" mental and behavioral health patients spend admitted to inpatient hospital units. more info >
Somali Mental Health Project Findings and Recommendations
Minnesota Department of Health, May 2016, 4 pp.
This brief describes the results of community dialogues about mental health attitudes, knowledge, perceptions, and gaps in services with Somali community members and service providers in Minnesota. more info >
Hennepin County SHAPE Surveys
Hennepin County Community Health Department, Bloomington Division of Public Health, April 2016, 30 pp.
SHAPE is a periodic health surveillance and assessment survey of children and adults in Hennepin County. more info >
Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, April 2016, 383 pp.
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. more info >
Outcome Evaluation of Zumbro Valley Health Center Primary Care Service
Wilder Research, January 2016, 33 pp.
Zumbro Valley Health Center provides behavioral health and substance use disorder services to residents of Olmsted, Fillmore, and surrounding counties in Minnesota. Wilder Research estimated the economic benefits of integrating primary care and behavioral health services. more info >
East Metro Mental Health Roundtable Community Metrics
Wilder Research, April 2015, 11 pp.
The East Metro Mental Health Roundtable aims to accelerate improvements in the Twin Cities east metro mental health system through partnerships that deliver high quality mental health services. more info >
Behavioral Health Barometer
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, October 2014
A series of state and national reports that provide a snapshot of behavioral health in the United States. The reports present a set of substance use and mental health indicators as measured through data collection efforts sponsored by SAMHSA, including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. This array of indicators provides a unique overview of the nation's behavioral health at a point in time as well as a mechanism for tracking change and trends over time. more info >
America's Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, July 2014, 100 pp.
Detailed report that provides data on young adults, ages 18-24. Includes demographic characteristics, living situation, and overall well-being. more info >
State of Black America
National Urban League, April 2014
Annual report presenting the National Urban League's Equality Index. Focuses on unemployment and income equality, but also includes measures of education, health, civic engagement, housing, transportation, and public safety for Hispanic, Black, and White populations. Includes metropolitan area rankings of unemployment and income equality. Requires a free registration to download full reports. more info >
Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature
Minnesota Department of Health, February 2014, 130 pp.
An overview of Minnesota's health disparities, discussion about the inequitable conditions that produce disparities, and recommendations to advance health equity in Minnesota. Conversations and surveys were conducted with Minnesotans to get their input. more info >
Blind Spot: The Impact of Missed Early Warning Signs on Children's Mental Health
Center for Children's Advocacy, March 2013, 24 pp.
This study analyzed school records in an effort to identify patterns that could be helpful in designing or strengthening identification and intervention strategies to reduce or prevent serious mental health issues in early adolescence. more info >
Mental health disorders, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 10 pp.
Focuses on mental health disorders in adolescence. Includes prevalence rates, consequences and risk of mental disorders, treatment options, and barriers to accessing mental health care. more info >
Access to mental health care, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 5 pp.
Focuses on access to mental health care for adolescents. The report describes barriers to treating adolescent mental health disorders; discusses the connection between insurance status and access to mental health treatment; and explains funding for adolescent mental health services. more info >
Positive mental health: Resilience, Adolescent Health Highlight
Child Trends, January 2013, 6 pp.
Discusses resilience in adolescence, including the characteristics that are associated with resilience, program strategies that promote resilience, and resources on the topic. more info >
Results-based public policy strategies for promoting children's social, emotional and behavioral health
Center for the Study of Social Policy, March 2012, 19 pp.
Presents three overarching policy strategies for ensuring that children's mental health needs are identified and addressed. The paper includes specific examples and ways to ensure and sustain success. more info >
Immigrant Children: The Future of Children Spring 2011
The Brookings Institution and Princeton University, March 2011, 270 pp.
Includes a variety of articles that look at the well-being of immigrant children and what can be done to improve their educational attainment, health, social and cognitive development, and long-term prospects for economic mobility. more info >
Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County
Wilder Research, April 2010, 60 pp.
Results of a survey of Anoka County residents about their attitudes and beliefs about mental health. A 2006 survey provided baseline information, and a 2010 survey measured whether attitudes had changed since the original survey. more info >
Stigma reduction: Promoting greater understanding of mental health
Wilder Research, August 2009, 4 pp.
Despite an increased understanding of the underlying biological basis to mental health disorders, individuals with mental health issues often face negative judgments or actions from others. This brief highlights stigma’s various forms and its impact on individuals with mental health concerns and summarizes effective stigma reduction approaches. Areas in need of additional research are also identified. more info >
Reducing the teen death rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 15 pp.
This brief offers broad strategies that address the underlying causes of the nation’s high teen mortality rates and the three leading causes of teen death—motor vehicle accidents, homicide, and suicide. more info >
Mental Health, Work and Mental Health Service Use Among Low-Income Mothers
Urban Institute, August 2007, 38 pp.
Analyzes how mental health problems impede low-income mothers' ability to work and how health insurance improves access to mental health treatment. more info >
Healthy Ideas: Replication report
Care for Elders, August 2007, 30 pp.
An evidence-based program designed to detect depression and reduce the severity of depressive symptoms among community-dwelling older adults. more info >
Growing older in America: The Health & Retirement Study
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, March 2007, 108 pp.
A national sample of adults over 50 were interviewed to gather information about their physical and mental health, insurance coverage, financial situations, family support systems, work status, and retirement planning. more info >
Effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of depression in adolescent girls: A review of relevant research
Wilder Research, January 2007, 37 pp.
Reviews research literature on the effectiveness of services to prevent or treat depression in adolescent girls. more info >
Children's mental health: Facts for policymakers
National Center for Children in Poverty, November 2006, 4 pp.
Facts on children's mental health, including disparities, lack of care and policy recommendations for system improvements. more info >
Racial and ethnic disparities in children's mental health
Wilder Research, October 2006, 16 pp.
Children from minority families are one-third to one-half as likely to receive mental health care as white youth. This briefing outlines some contributing factors and steps that can be taken to help reduce disparities. more info >
Developing a Stigma Reduction Initiative
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, January 2006, 108 pp.
Provides tools to mount a mental health stigma and discrimination reduction initiative. more info >
Children's mental health: new developments in policy and programs
National Institute for Health Care Management, March 2005, 13 pp.
An action brief developed from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation forum that was focused on children's mental health issues held in May, 2004. more info >
Mental health: culture, race, and ethnicity - a supplement to Mental Health : A Report of the Surgeon General.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, November 2000, 219 pp.
Reports on the nature and extent of disparities in mental health care for racial and ethnic minorities and on promising directions for the elimination of these disparities. more info >
Mental health: a report of the Surgeon General
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health, November 1998, 458 pp.
An in-depth report on the topic of adult and children mental health and mental illness, including an overview of the issue, and organizing and paying for mental health services. more info >
Common psychosocial problems of school aged youth: developmental variations, problems, disorders and perspectives for prevention and treatment
UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools, November -0001, 250 pp.
Designed as a "desk reference aid," includes sections on labeling, environmental situations, and potentially stressful events; programs to address behavioral, emotional, and learning problems; frequently identified psychosocial problems; and a listing of resources, agencies, and organizations. more info >
National Center for Children in Poverty
Research on preventing child poverty and improving the lives of low-income families. Includes poverty statistics and information on child care, welfare reform, and more. more info >
Social Programs That Work
This site summarizes the findings from well-designed randomized controlled trials. It includes programs in the areas of early childhood, education, substance abuse and treatment, mental health, crime and violence prevention, employment and welfare, and more. more info >