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Research and Evaluation

Researchers at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services identify questions of importance to the agency and the public behavioral health system and lead studies that can inform planning priorities, disparities and quality of care. Major statewide research has been conducted on services and outcomes for adults with serious mental illness, as well as children/adolescents with serious emotional disturbances, and youth and young adults in transition. A recent series of studies looked at the impact of an economic recession on the delivery of mental health services.

Outcomes and System Performance Monitoring

Staff members in this unit also evaluate departmental program and policy initiatives. A major activity of the unit involves supporting the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Block Grants with treatment outcomes and system performance measurement. Both substance abuse and mental health treatment data are collected through the Ohio Behavioral Health System (OHBH)

The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring (OSAM) Network

The OSAM Network disseminates its findings through a variety of publications. Drug trend reports are comprehensive reports that provide general epidemiological descriptions of substance abuse trends across the state, focusing on drug availability, prices, quality, and abuse patterns. Reports are published on a biannual basis shortly after OSAM researchers meet as a group in January and June of each year. Critical findings are also disseminated through “OSAM-O-GRAMS,” one-page summary reports that briefly and graphically represent significant substance abuse trends. Targeted Response Initiatives (TRI’s)* represent another publication that typically focus on specific substance abuse-related issues that OhioMHAS has determined need further investigation. For more information, see the OSAM Pamphlet.

Sherba, R. T. & Martt, N. J. (2013). Overall gambling behaviors and gambling treatment needs among a statewide sample of drug treatment clients in Ohio. Journal of Gambling Studies, (DOI) 10.1007/s10899-013-9406-5.

AOD Targeted Response Initiatives

Drug Trend Reports


SEOW Epidemiological Outcomes