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Serious Mental Illness Educational Needs Assessment


This 4-minute survey will assist us in identifying education and practice needs of those engaged in the care of individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). Your responses will inform a 5-year initiative by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to provide resources and consultation to improve care for this population.

Serious mental illness (SMI) includes one or more diagnoses of mental disorders combined with significant impairment in functioning. Schizophrenia, bipolar illness, and major depressive disorder are the diagnoses most commonly associated with SMI, but people with one or more other disorders may also fit the definition of SMI if those disorders result in functional impairment.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.