Mental and substance use disorders afflict individuals, families, and communities alike. Despite advancements in care and treatment, the U.S. healthcare system is struggling to meet demand. Too often, people with mental and substance use disorders don’t get the care they need. Many end up homeless or incarcerated. And millions die prematurely, as is evident with the current opioid epidemic.

DSG’s Behavioral Health Practice is devoted to improving knowledge, policy, practice, and access to treatment. Our research scientists and consultants have broad experience in

  • Rigorous research and evaluation of programs and policies
  • Assessment of the scientific evidence base
  • Training and technical assistance to increase program effectiveness
  • Consultation with local, state, and national agencies to improve service delivery

DSG works with healthcare organizations and local, state, regional, and federal agencies to address critical behavioral health issues.

Our marquee projects in Behavioral Health include:

  • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
  • Violence Prevention Leadership Support Program
  • Multisite Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Risk Behavior Change Interventions Among Injection-Drug and Crack Users
  • DATA (Buprenorphine) Waiver Processing and Support
  • Recovery to Practice Initiative
  • Workplace Managed Care Initiative


Research and Evaluation

DSG performs scientific reviews and conducts methodological research to develop effectiveness measures, datasets, and assessments. Our work has focused on at-risk populations, social determinants of behavioral health, and addressing behavioral health disparities. In all of these efforts, we apply our expertise in evidence assessment.

DSG is an established innovator in developing research-to-practice activities in behavioral health. We have been a leader in dissemination of research-based findings through multiple avenues, facilitated advances in implementation science, and worked to identify and assess effective evidence-based programs.

Training and Technical Assistance

DSG staff and consultants provide technical assistance and training to federal agencies, states, cities, federal program grantees, and community-based organizations in program management, resource development, and Web development. For behavioral health, these training and curricular materials have related to substance use, recovery, prevention, minority health access, and professional development.


DSG provides rigorous analysis, quality assurance, and dissemination vehicles for supporting and advancing the missions of behavioral health organizations and agencies.


DSG provides print and Web-based products to deliver and disseminate behavioral health information and resources to stakeholders, including behavioral health professionals, health professionals, community organizations, and the public.


DSG plans and convenes webinars, conferences, meetings, and expert panels to support behavioral health programs. In this work, DSG produces promotional, registration, and support materials, programs, speeches, handouts, session summaries, and full proceedings.


Data (BUPNX) Waiver Center


Minority Fellowship Program Coordinating Center

Violence Prevention Leadership Support Program


Every day beings with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed.

Mason Cooley