Behavioral & Mental Health

The grip of addiction and the challenges of mental health issues take their toll on both individuals and society. Westat supports efforts to reduce, treat, and prevent these issues through our work on surveillance systems, health services research, and program and policy evaluations.

Project Highlights

Examining sexual assault in the military

As part of its efforts to monitor and prevent sexual assault in the military, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) sponsors the Workplace and Gender Relations Survey (WGRS) of...

Finding how best to support family caregivers

The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) provides a range of assistance to people caring for an elderly parent, spouse, or other family member. This support can range from...

Helping foster children find permanent homes

About 400,000 children in the U.S. are in foster care. To help these children and their families, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports states’ efforts...

Helping young people move out of foster care

Foster youth who “age out” of the child welfare system, known as transition-age youth, face education, employment, health, and mental health challenges exacerbated by a lack of support networks...

How are our wounded warriors adjusting?

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by a group of veterans and friends to serve veterans and servicemembers who incurred a physical or...

Improving national sexual assault statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has hired Westat to test different methods for collecting self-reports of sexual assault, a crime that has proved difficult to measure in surveys...

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