National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center
The Mental Health Services, Translation and Outcomes faculty have joint appointments with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Ann Arbor VA in the National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center (SMITREC).
SMITREC was created by Congress in 1991 to provide Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with critical, timely information to help the system evaluate the care received by VA patients with serious mental illnesses. The overall mission of SMITREC is to conduct critical evaluation and research that will:
- Enhance the mental and physical health care of veterans with serious mental illnesses (SMI) by providing clinicians with state-of-the-art information on the effectiveness of treatment options;
- Inform the VHA on issues of access to care, customer and clinician satisfaction, efficiency, and delivery of quality healthcare; and
- Provide VHA policy makers with relevant and timely guidance on key issues important to optimizing the system-wide delivery of health care to veterans with SMI.
SMITREC has developed longitudinal national registries to monitor care in the VHA system, the National Psychosis Registry and the National Registry for Depression. The investigators have developed the methodologies to efficiently provide answers to emerging VHA clinical and policy needs, and to conduct longitudinal studies of veterans with SMI who are often difficult to treat, require extensive clinical and financial resources, and often move from facility to facility in the VHA.