Current & Past Projects

This page contains a sampling of projects that NRI is currently involved in or has completed in the past. The list is not exhaustive; if there is information you are looking for about a specific initiative, but are unable to find it on this page, please contact NRI.


Current Projects:

The Behavioral Healthcare Performance Measurement System (BHPMS) offers monthly, real-time, web-based reports in support of your facility's quality improvement initiatives. Each facility in our system receives one-on-one, personal technical assistance from their assigned liaison, including live interactive webinars.

The Patient Experience of Psychiatric Care as Measured by the Inpatient Consumer Survey (ICS) © is a proprietary survey tool that measures six domains of the patient's experience of care in psychiatric facilities. The ICS is copyrighted to NRI, but the NRI allows individual psychiatric facilities to use the survey under a Terms of Use Agreement. For access to NRI´s robust comparison group reports, facilities must participate in the ICS module NRI´s performance measurement system, known as BHPMS.

NRI maintains databases about the structure, service systems, emerging policy issues, consumer issues, and research and evaluation activities of state behavioral health systems. The Profiles System’s databases from 1996 to present are accessible online.

NRI collaborates with Advocates for Human Potential, JBS International, SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)  to help states utilize a State Community Integration State Self-Assessment (CISA) tool that NRI and AHP developed and pilot tested. Working through a Community of Practice of interested states, NRI is facilitating states utilizing the CISA tool to assess their behavioral health system’s strengths and weaknesses in helping mental health consumers lead productive lives in their own communities and avoid institutional stays.

People with a serious mental illness served by state behavioral health systems die 25 years earlier than the general population. NRI is working with several state behavioral health authorities to determine causality, causes of death, and the association of this outcome with a variety of social determinants.  

In December 2015, Congress approved a ten percent increase to the Mental Health Block Grant over prior-year levels for states to support evidence-based practices that address the needs of individuals in early stages of serious mental illnesses. NRI has partnered with NASMHPD to develop a series of technical assistance resources to support the development of these early intervention programs. 

NRI collaborates with SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) and the states to improve the use of mental health performance indicators, enhance state information systems capacities, and facilitate reporting on performance indicators and federal mental health block grant information to CMHS.

NRI conducted two phases of a study that evaluated the delivery of services and expenditures for mental health through other state agencies. The study addressed the issue of the additional resources being expended by state governments to provide mental health services outside the state mental health agencies.