Our Research

  • "Health Habitus" Integration - a new approach to "Cultural Competency"

    NYS Office of Mental Health, Divison of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families received a SAMHSA Systems of Care Expansion Grant in 2016 and partnered with CCASE to provide Cultural & Structural Competency Training for High Fidelity Wraparound youth peer advocates familiy peer advocates, and care managers. CCASE used an innovative, theory-driven training approach that empowered the peer and care manger workforce, fostered youth and family engagement, and heightened humility and self-awareness of trainees. More info, contact  

  • Innovative Spaces & Strategies: Pharmacy Opioid Treatment & Mental Health Services

    Identifying more amenable service delivery for persons experiencing social and economic barriers to care is a priority for CCASE and a viable solution to disparties in access and engagement in behavioral health services.  Using an implementation science approach to adapt and create new strategies to increase uptake of salient public health services including opoid overdose prevention, opioid treatment services, and mental health screening and linkage to services is underway through a partnership with Allure Specialty Pharmacy, Bronx NYC. More info, contact

  • Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training Evaluation for Police: Impact on Social Determinants

    CCASE has partnered with the Institute for Police, Mental Health & Community Collaboration and the New York State Office of Mental Health, Division of Forensic Services to conduct a formal mixed methods evaluation of a 40-hour training on de-escalation and diversion when faced with a mental health crisis event, and improving relations between the community, mental health organizations and individuals living with mental illness. Pre-/post training surveys, qualitative assessments, and 30-follow-up surveys are underway exploring application of training content to practice, and impact on stigmatizing attitudes toward persons experiencing challenges with substance use and mental illness in the community. More info, contact

  • Intervening to Prevent Stigma and Suicide in Korean Americans

    In partnership with the Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Department of Population Health, CCASE launched a pilot study to investigate stigma related to mental illness and other intersecting stigmas (related to race/ethnicity, social and economic condition, and model minority status) among Korean Americans in Queens, NYC. The goal of this pilot work is to develop a stigma-reducing intervention to decrease stigma, increase uptake and engagement in mental health services, and reduce suicide ideation and attempts. In the wake of COVID-19, this work has become an even higher priority and intervention development and additional grant seeking is underway. More info, contact  

  • Tracking Disparities in Suicide & Overdose: Statewide Data Linked to Social Determinants

    CCASE is currently analyzing NY Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative (SPARCS) data (years 2005-2017) to identify substance use and mental health indicators of suicide attempts, overdose attempts, and related mortality through linkage to vital records data.  Trends by race/ethnicity will be explored and linked with aggregate social determinants data to provide social contextualized interpretation of identified trends in behavioral health mortality and morbidity. More info, contact

  • Community Re-entry & Integration for Patients Discharged from a State-Operated Hospital

    CCASE has partnered with an NYS Office of Mental Health hospital to examine individual, social, structural and system factors related to successes and challenges of hospital discharge and community integration.  Using a mixed methods research design, CCASE launched a 3-phase study with Phase I currently underway with multilevel qualitative assessments completed and being analyzed. As our nation contends with COVID-19, Phase II will soon follow in 2021 which will include baseline survey assessments of discharged patients and 12-month follow-up. More info, contact

  • Enhanced Intensive Outpatient Program Evaluation: Multilievel Behavioral Health Model

    CCASE partnered with a NYC Health + Hospitals facility affiliated with the NYU Grossman School of Medicine to evaluate the programmatic impact and clinical outcomes of the newly developed Enhanced Intensive Outpatient Program (EIOP). This innovative model of care increases patient coping skills, establishes and strengthens psychosocial supports and comprehensively addresses social, psychological, or medical challenges impacting a patient’s well-being. The program includes frequent meetings with providers, attendance to group therapy sessions and tailored individualized service planning. CCASE is conducting a process evaluation to examine program fidelity, and an outcomes evaluation to assess benefits to patients. More info, contact