0100,0100,0100Challenges for the 21st Century: Mental Health Services Research
NIMH conference in Washington, D.C.
July 18 - 20, 2000
Wyndham 0100,0100,0100Washington Hotel
The end of the last century brought sweeping changes in the structure
and organization of services, in the accountability and monitoring of
treatments, in the financing of mental health, and in the need to
translate research findings into clinical practice. Exciting progress
and advances in mental health services research occurred, yet the
dilemma of how to best weave research, practice and policy to improve
care still remains. As we enter the new millennium, we confront
serious challenges to find effective solutions to tackle unmet mental
health service needs, to reduce health disparities and to provide
equitable and effective treatments for mental illness in a managed
care era. We are at a crossroads where we can continue with
traditional models of mental health services research, or decide to
examine alternative, yet complementary, models or approaches for the
0100,0100,0100The National Institute of Mental Health proudly supports the 14th
International Conference on Challenges
for the 21st Century: Mental Health Services Research. The goals of
this conference are to:
1.present innovative and creative ideas for mental health services
2.denote and discuss limitations in conventional mental health
services research and in the
theoretical models being used;
3.propose appropriate research methods for the next millennium;
4.connect trainees with leaders in the field;
5.facilitate interaction between practitioners, researchers and
policymakers in different areas; and,
6.promote future directions for the field.
Both the call for papers and the call for posters sessions will be
organized by the areas described below. Abstract submissions (*pdf
format) for these sessions will undergo peer review. Abstracts are
due April 28, 2000. Decisions about presentations will be made on or
around May 20, 2000. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed
methodologies will all be considered. The Committee also welcomes
original papers on other topics in mental health services research.
There will also be special sessions for trainees and new
investigators to meet with established investigators in certain
0100,0100,0100Conference Co-Chairs: Margarita Alegria, Ph.D., University of Puerto
Rico; Junius J. Gonzales, M.D.,
National Institute of Mental Health
Overcoming Limitations of Conventional Mental Health Services
Institutional and Philosophical Obstacles to Weaving Research,
Practice and Policy
Why Do Research Results Fail to be Translated into Practice?
Research Methodologies for the New Millennium
Rethinking Quality of Mental Health Care/Services
Can Sociocultural Research Practice & Impact Policy: What Next?
A Blue print for Child and Adolescent Services Research
Clinical Epidemiology/Practice Research
Financing for Mental Health Services
Primary Care & the General Health Sector
Vulnerable Populations (e.g., rural, minority, homeless,
Disablement & Functioning
Advance registration for the conference is encouraged. The
registration fee is $150. Registration must be postmarked no later
than June 18, 2000. Those who register after June 18 will be required
to pay a registration fee of $175. Confirmation of registration will
be mailed upon receipt of registration form and fee. Mail the
completed form and fees to B.L. Seamon & Associates, Inc., attention:
Pamela Handon, 4221 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 245, Lanham, MD 20706.
Make checks payable to: B L Seamon & Associates, Inc. You may
register on-line at www.blseamon.cc.
0100,0100,0100Cancellation and Refunds
All cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing.
For cancellations postmarked by June
18, 2000, full refunds will be made. Refunds requested after June 18,
2000 will be charged a $25.00
cancellation fee. All refunds will be processed after the conference.
A block of rooms has been reserved for participants at the Wyndham
Washington Hotel in Washington, DC with arrivals beginning on July
17, 2000 and departures on July 20, 2000. The hotel is located at
1400 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. Attendees are responsible
for making their own reservations. Rates are $118 for a single room
and $143 for a double room per night exclusive of tax. This rate will
be honored through June 26, 2000. After that date, reservations will
be confirmed at the group rate based upon availability. Space is
limited and reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served
basis. To reserve a room, call the Wyndham Hotel at (202)429-1700,
making sure you refer to the block of rooms for the "National
Institute of Mental Health Conference." If you need to cancel your
room reservation, please do so 24 hours before the day you are
scheduled to arrive to avoid a one night's stay being charged to your
Reduced airfares are available to conference attendees through
specially arranged rates on selected airlines. The easiest way to
take advantage of these low fares is to call Travel On at (301)589-
5100 or toll free at (800) 333-6778 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, EDT.
As our official conference agent Travel On is familiar with the best
fares and routings for this conference, on both official conference
airlines and other airlines. With a major credit card, your tickets
will be issued electronically at no additional charge or sent
overnight (at cost) directly to your home or office and every
ticketed passenger will receive $200,000 automatic flight insurance
at no extra charge. When making your conference plans, please mention
the "NIMH 14th International Conference (project code 0993)." You may
also make your travel arrangements on-line at http://www.tvlon.com or
you may use your own travel agency.
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