Mental Health Self-Direction: New Publication and Project Summary

December 20, 2017

A new HSRI Research Brief summarizes the results of new research on self-direction published online this month in the journal Social Work in Mental Health. The study – conducted by a team from HSRI, Boston College School of Social Work, and the University of Maryland School of Public Health with funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – looked into mental health program directors’ views on self-direction, and found that the majority consider it a high or moderate priority for their agency and have high expectations for its impact on systems and individuals.  

The full article is available for purchase online and links to this research and other self direction studies are at

The team thanks the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors for hosting the informational webinar and helping with recruitment for the study. More information about the Demonstration of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health can be found on the project website or in the project summary.