Mental Health Services

Our division conducts research studies with clinical providers at the Mount Sinai Health System, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York State Office of Mental Health, and mental health service agencies and communities locally and nationally. Our multidisciplinary team of investigators works in real world settings with consumers, advocates, and clinicians to create, deliver, and test child and family-focused mental health interventions as well as prevention programs and services. Our division strives to advance the understanding of what constitutes quality mental health for urban families.

Programs and Services

Our division has spearheaded several significant mental health programs to benefit the community.

Collaborative HIV Prevention and Adolescent Mental Health Project (CHAMP)

CHAMP has received more than fifteen years of funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Through associated evaluation research, we examine the impact of this family-based HIV prevention and mental health promotion program targeting 4th-, 5th-grade and 6th- 7th-grade African American and Latino urban youth in two urban areas, New York City and Chicago. Valuable guidance is provided by collaborative boards that oversaw program design, co-delivered the intervention in school-based and community sites, and has been an integral part of the evaluation planning and research. To date, the program has been replicated in South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago.

CHAMP In Our NeighborhoodS (CHAMPions)

Funded by NIMH, this intervention research study helps us explore factors that influence urban parents to collaborate in the delivery of a school-based intervention to enhance mental health and reduce risk behavior among inner-city minority youth. We are also studying the impact of an evidence-based program for youth called "Be Proud! Be Responsible!" This initiative is an eight-module intervention meant to enhance youth sense of competence and skill in navigating urban risks. Currently, we conduct the intervention within school and community sites using trained community facilitators.

Center for Collaborative Inner-City Child Mental Health Services Research (CCCR)

CCCR is an NIMH-funded developing center (P20), which aims to organize and focus multi-disciplinary teams of researchers on the conduct of child mental health services studies. The center is specifically focused on the development and testing of novel clinical practices and service delivery models that are informed by existing empirical findings. We also study outcomes associated with intensive collaboration between researchers, practitioners, youth, and families living in inner-city neighborhoods.

Multiple Family Group

Funded by NIMH, this project examines a multiple family group (MFG) service delivery strategy on service use and outcome for urban, low-income children of color. The study will involve a total of 372 school-age (7 - 11 years) youth exhibiting serious behavioral difficulties and their families (including adult caregivers and siblings between the age of 6 and 18) in a 16-week series of group meetings with six to eight families in each group.

Homeless Outreach for Parents and Early Adolescents (HOPE)

HOPE is a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded project that examines the impact of the HOPE (HIV prevention Outreach for Parents and Early adolescents) Family Program, a family-based prevention program for early adolescent youth and their adult caregivers living in family homeless shelters in New York City. By the project’s end, HOPE will reach 336 early adolescent youth (11 - 14 years) and their families.

Project Step-Up

This is a multi-level, school-based mental health service for youth evidencing academic failure and mental health difficulties. Our goals in this program include:

  • Delivery of a school, family, and community-based mental health intervention for adolescents (14 - 17 years of age) with serious impairments in behavioral and educational functioning due to complex and unmet mental health difficulties
  • Providing Project Step-Up within urban high school programs and neighboring inner-city communities
  • Examining the process of mental health service delivery and the impact of Project Step-Up on youth mental health, impairment and functioning across inner-city ecological contexts