BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Mental health conditions and substance use disorders afflict millions of individuals and families in communities nationwide. Despite advances in care and treatment, the U.S. healthcare system is struggling to meet demand. Too often, people with mental health conditions 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, policies, practices, and access to treatment. Our research scientists and consultants have extensive 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.

FEATURED PROJECTS IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
APPLYING OUR EXPERTISE TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Research and Evaluation

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

DSG is an established innovator in the development research-to-practice activities and resources in behavioral health. We have been a leader in the 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 members and consultants deliver technical assistance and training to federal agencies, states, cities, federal program grantees, and community-based organizations in program management, resource development, and web development. These training materials have addressed substance use, recovery, prevention, access to care among minority populations, and professional development.

MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

DSG provides rigorous analysis, quality assurance, and dissemination vehicles to support and advance the missions of behavioral health organizations and agencies.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT

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.

COMMUNICATIONS

DSG develops first-rate print and web-based products to deliver behavioral health information and resources to stakeholders, including behavioral health professionals, primary care professionals, community organizations, and the public.

CONFERENCE MANAGEMENT AND EVENT PLANNING

DSG plans and convenes webinars, conferences, other types meetings, and expert panels to support behavioral health programs. As part of this work, DSG produces promotional, registration, and support materials – including programs, speeches, handouts, and session summaries, and full proceedings.

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

Mason Cooley