Behavioral and Mental Health

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...

Exploring the impact of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), the law barring openly gay soldiers from serving in the military, was passed in 1993. On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed legislation that...

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...

Examining health needs of female veterans

Little is known about the long-term health and mental health status of female Vietnam veterans. For many of these women, the effects of this war are still present in...

Charting early childhood development

The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K: 2011) was designed to provide detailed and comprehensive data that can be used to describe and to better understand...

Helping to stop sexual assaults of youth in custody

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) asked Westat to conduct the National Survey of Youth in Custody in 2008-09 and 2012. In 2016, BJS selected Westat to conduct this...

Assisting in financing and delivery design issues in behavioral health

The Affordable Care Act is leading to dramatic changes in the way health care, including behavioral health care, is organized and funded. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

Studying the IDEAL way to age

The Insight into Determinants of Exceptional Aging and Longevity (IDEAL) Study, part of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), is interested in studying exceptional agers, people who stay...

Examining late-life trends and trajectories

As the U.S. population ages, it is important that we understand trends in late-life functioning, how these differ for population subgroups, and the economic and social consequences of aging...

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