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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 http://www.nimh.nih.gov/events/mhsrconf.cfm 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 new millennium. 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 research; 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 areas. 0100,0100,0100Conference Co-Chairs: Margarita Alegria, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico; Junius J. Gonzales, M.D., National Institute of Mental Health Research Areas: Overcoming Limitations of Conventional Mental Health Services Research 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, incarcerated) Disablement & Functioning Registration Information 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. Hotel Information 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 credit card. 0100,0100,0100Travel Information 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. **************************0100,0100,0100 Isabelle Melese-d'Hospital, Ph.D. Research Specialist Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center 111 Michigan Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20010-2970 phone: (301) 650-8059 fax: (301) 650-8045 email: [log in to unmask] website: www.ems-c.org [OUT of the office 3/25-3/30/00, 4/10-4/17/00] For more information, send mail to [log in to unmask] with the message: info PED-EM-L The URL for the PED-EM-L Web Page is: http://www.brown.edu/Administration/Emergency_Medicine/ped-em-l.html