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Steve Leff receives 2013 APHA Mental Health Section Carl Taube Award partly for modeling work

Steve will receive the Carl Taube Award at the 2013 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.

From the awards letter:

“This award was inaugurated by the APHA Mental Health Section in 1990 to serve two purposes:
1) To remember the many contributions that Carl Taube made to mental health policy and
research, and
2) To recognize scholars who have made important contributions to the public mental health
field.
APHA’s Mental Health Section, as an organization that explicitly encourages the applied use of
scientific findings to improve our public mental health systems, most highly values your [Steve’s] many
contributions in this effort. Your work as an intervention scientist has been and continues to be
especially important in this endeavor. We appreciate, too, your development of innovative
planning and evaluation tools, such as the Jail Diversion Cost Simulation Model, that assist local
and state program managers and policymakers as they seek to implement effective policies and
programs across mental health and other human service systems.”

Steve will be presenting the Carl Taube Award Lecture at the APHA annual meeting on November 4th in Boston 10:30-12:00.  The abstract for the presentation is as follows:

“The original planning for the deinstitutionalization of persons with serious mental illness (that is persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other disorders that can result in significant functional impairments) underestimated the need for community-based services and service coordination.  This was because the initial planning for deinstitutionalization was motivated by unproven theory and the vision of advocates, but not evidence.  Are we about to make the same mistakes when it comes to planning for integrated care for persons with serious mental illness?  Research on types and outcomes of integrated care for persons with serious mental illness is in short supply.  Yet successes using integrated care for persons with depression and aspects of the Affordable Care Act have resulted in a movement to use integrated care for persons with serious mental illness.   This presentation will review the available evidence on integrated care for persons with serious mental illness.  Further, given the shortage of research, it will illustrate how a simulation model developed by the presenter, in combination with available evidence, can be used to provide a theoretical basis for and inform the planning of integrated systems of care for persons with serious mental illness.  Finally, it will discuss the theoretical questions such as the relationship of simulation outcomes to recovery and data needs stemming from this simulation model.  The presentation will include a demonstration of the simulation model and a description of where resources for planning services for persons with serious mental illness can be found.”

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