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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Priority Research Opportunities in Crisis Response Services

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) are issuing this Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to outline priorities for research in crisis response services. Research is sought that is conducted in real-world settings, where a wide range of clinical presentations, psychosocial factors, age-related (e.g., youth; adult; older adult), geographic (rural/remote settings), cultural considerations, and health disparities influence the types of care that are provided. Studies are encouraged that address the continuum of crisis service systems, as well as applications that address crisis services for children and under-resourced populations.

Topics of research interest span the crisis care continuum, including the effectiveness of call center strategies to address distress and coordinate care; approaches to deploy mobile crisis outreach and support; and approaches to diagnose and provide short-term stabilization. The varied nature of strategies deployed by States and Territories to provide expanded crisis services creates opportunities to address research questions pertaining to policy approaches, as well. 

This notice applies to due dates on or after February 5, 2023 and subsequent receipt dates through May 8, 2025.