CMHDARN Innovation and Evaluation Grant 2019-2020
What are experience and outcome measures telling us about the services we deliver?
CMHDARN is excited to announce that the Sydney Drug Education and Counselling Centre (SDECC) has been awarded the CMHDARN Innovation and Evaluation Grant.
SDECC will explore the implementation of new tools that highlight strengths and protective factors for young people and their families seeking treatment for mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues in their project titled Widening the lens: incorporating protective factors in feedback informed treatment for young people and their families.
Previous rounds – Seeding Grants
2018/2019 – Round 2
Organisations were invited to submit an Expression of Interest for the CMHDARN Research Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Seeding Grants. These grants provided the opportunity for organisations to conduct a research project that can contribute to an understanding of best practice in relation to any aspect of service delivery across the mental health and alcohol and other drugs sectors. There were three grants available at $9,000 each.
In order to apply for these research grants, applicants were asked to propose a partnership between two organisations, one being a NADA member and another a MHCC member; with one organisation taking the lead in terms of the application and managing the grant. Alternatively, the Applicant could be a member of both NADA and MHCC and demonstrate that they work across both areas.
CMHDARN is pleased to announce the two successful recipients of the second round of Seeding Grants Program for 2018-19. The projects both investigate the coexisting mental health and substance use issues for the diverse group of clients that access their services and well represent the aims of the Network. For more information click here.
2018/2019 – Round 1
The Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Research Network (CMHDARN) invited organisations to submit an Expression of Interest for the 1st round of CMHDARN Research Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Seeding Grants for 2018-19. Applicants were asked to propose a partnership between two organisations, one being a NADA member and another a MHCC member; with one organisation taking the lead in terms of the application and managing the grant. Alternatively, the Applicant could be a member of both NADA and MHCC and demonstrated that they worked across both areas.
CMHDARN is pleased to announce the successful recipient of the first seeding grant to be made available in 2018-19 as Positive Life NSW (lead agency) together with the NSW HIV Supported Accommodation Program (ADAHPS). Their project seeks to investigate independent living among people with HIV where alcohol or other drug use and moderate to severe mental illness are present. The purpose of this study is to identify lived experience and competencies that enable navigation and stability in housing circumstances. CMHDARN will report on the progress of this project in the near future. We congratulate these two agencies and wish them all the best as they commence their research.
Member organisations from the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and the Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies (NADA) were invited to apply for the 2017/18 CMHDARN Research Seeding Grants. CMHDARN awarded seeding grants to nine organisations. In their final reports and a recent presentation snapshot of the projects, (which was part of a CMHDARN Symposium program) seeding grant recipients reported that access to grants enabled them to: build their organisation’s research capacity; involve consumers in a co-design and development and evaluation research process; and, conceptualise and promote research into practice in a meaningful way. Most recipients demonstrated that they had identified and collaborated with research partners to assist them with their projects.
An evaluation report of the 2017-18 CMHDARN Research Seeding Grants is available here.