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 individuals with mental illness or substance abuse disorders. A recent survey assessed the needs of communities to address suicide prevention.
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 OSAM Network conducts focus groups and individual qualitative interviews with active and recovering drug users and community professionals (treatment providers, law enforcement officials, etc.) to produce epidemiological descriptions of local substance abuse trends. The Network disseminates its findings through a variety of publications (See links below). For more information, see the OSAM Pamphlet.
Office of Quality, Planning and Research
Sanford Starr, Deputy Director
Bureau of Research and Evaluation
Kraig Knudsen, Chief
Carol Carstens, Manager,
Outcomes and System Performance
Tom Sherba, Supervisor,
Health Services Policy
Helen Anne Sweeney, Manager,