Recent Accomplishments

  • The adoption of a national “Centers of Excellence” model for research and clinical care.
  • Involvement in the drafting and passage of the ENHANCED ACT (to Establish a National Health-Advancing Network of Centers of Excellence for Depression), a component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 which paves the way for future federal funding to support a network of Centers of Excellence for depression.
  • The development of the NNDC Screening and Monitoring Package which combines five different scales to generate a standardized list of vital signs for depression and bipolar disorder.
  • The establishment of the NNDC Data Coordinating Center (DaCC), a data center that compiles and archives information collected from mental health providers in both primary care and community settings.  A comprehensive registry is essential to facilitating large-scale, longitudinal, multi-site studies, and will serve as an information hub for data from current and future NNDC projects.