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Improving mental health outcomes through innovation and research

There is no disputing that mental health and addiction challenges are on the rise. Yet, more than half of people struggling don’t receive treatment, insurance reimbursements for time in treatment are decreasing, and most communities face a shortage of mental health professionals.

Research has the power to stem this tide.

Established in 2020 by a generous donor, Rogers Research Center was created with the goal of advancing evidence-based practice and improving mental health outcomes through innovation and research. Their vision is to become the premier patient-centered mental health research organization in the world.

The Research Center was established with three core priorities:

  1. Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics
  2. Treatment Enhancement
  3. Genetics and DNA Biobank

 

The research conducted at Rogers is designed to be generalizable to the broader mental health community. Their research findings are published in high-impact, peer-reviewed scientific journals, so it is not just our own patients who see the benefits of our studies.

Rogers envisions a day when mental and addiction challenges can be predicted and prevented, when treatment is readily accessible, and when it takes fewer days of treatment for recovery. Research is the driver that will get us there, and Rogers Research Center is positioned to play an important role in this process.

An estimated 20 million adolescents and adults in the US had at least one major depressive episode in 2017. In contrast, 15.3 million people were living with a cancer diagnosis. Yet, there is a staggering disproportion of public research funding between mental health and cancer.

Future advancements in mental health and addiction care will be built on a foundation of adequate funding for research. That isn’t going to happen with a reliance on public funding. The numbers are clear. Mental health research is underfunded and underprioritized. For mental health research to continue to move forward, private underwriting will pave the way.

Learn more about mental health and addiction challenges and the work of Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation on our YouTube channel.