Policy and Program Planning and Evaluation

NRI has expertise in conducting policy and program evaluations at both macro and micro levels. Some notable evaluation studies are multi-state evaluations related to the implementation of evidence-based practices, an evaluation to assess interventions related to the reduction of seclusion and restraint in state hospitals, and a national assessment of the impact of SAMHSA's Community Mental Health Block Grant Program through which NRI developed standardized processes and outcomes measures. NRI staff have also been involved with evaluations related to managed care, specialty populations (e.g., older adults and children), legal issues (e.g., Olmstead), and deinstitutionalization.


NRI regularly produces both brief and longer policy analyses. Recent brief reports include analyses of state mental health budget gaps and the closing of state psychiatric hospitals. More extensive policy analyses include trends on SMHA revenues and expenditures since 1981.


NRI can bring its expertise to your state. Examples of specific services available include:

  • Implications of Medicaid expansion on the delivery of public behavioral health services

  • State budget justifications

  • Development of briefings for legislative hearings and testimony, if necessary

  • Olmstead policy evaluations

  • Return on investment analyses

  • Root cause analysis