Mental Health
BIP’s Mental Health research team operates with the ambitious goal of assessing the state of behavioral healthcare in Rhode Island and advocating for data-driven policy prescriptions to improve upon its shortcomings.
Overall Purpose
BIP’s Mental Health research team operates with the ambitious goal of assessing the state of behavioral healthcare in Rhode Island and advocating for data-driven policy prescriptions to improve upon its shortcomings. In the past, we have produced white papers regarding new models for the provision of behavioral health services in Providence area public schools, and we are currently endeavoring to improve access to these services statewide, across all age and socioeconomic groups. In partnership with the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island (MHARI) and the Rhode Island Parity Initiative, our aims are to ensure that the provisions of the Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) are upheld, examine disparities in mental health outcomes between subsets of the Rhode Island population, and identify ways in which the state legislature can augment the existing behavioral health infrastructure in Rhode Island.
In the course of pursuing these goals, we are striving to develop a more nuanced understanding of the state’s provider network, improve the system of health insurance coverage for behavioral health services in our state, and make incremental strides toward alleviating the pervasive implications of unaddressed mental health disorders for Rhode Island’s educational, public health, and criminal justice systems.
Short-Term Goals
The Mental Health team spent the 2020-2021 academic year and this past summer completing a data-driven research report on the state of behavioral healthcare in Rhode Island in collaboration with MHARI. Integrating dozens of metrics, the report included assessments of mental health outcomes, barriers to accessing care, demographics and disparities, and more.
This coming year, the team is looking forward to continuing its track record of unifying research and advocacy while building collaborations with stakeholders at the state and local levels.