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The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) are conducting a U.S. nationwide study to develop a new quality measure for treating adults with PTSD, particularly using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Outpatient mental health facilities in the U.S. are being sought to participate and partner with us to test the measure. The study aims to test a web-based survey of a clinician’s use of evidence-based psychotherapy to determine the usefulness and feasibility of the measure. The ultimate goal is to develop a measure that could be used for quality improvement. Participating organizations are paid a compensation honorarium for their time.

To be considered for participation, facilities must:

  • Have clinicians who currently provide cognitive behavioral therapy to at least 3 adults with PTSD in an outpatient setting;
  • Have clinical supervisors who provide supervision via direct observation or review of video or audio tape or would be willing to provide minimal supervision via review of audio tape;
  • Have an interest in helping to improve the quality of PTSD care; and
  • Have the time and staff capacity to designate a site coordinator whose responsibilities will include supplying Mathematica with a list of clinicians, clinical supervisors, and clients eligible to participate in the survey, describing the project to eligible participants, coordinating the completion of the survey, and participating in an initial training and debriefings with the project team.

Those interested in learning more about participating should contact Melissa Azur, the project director, at mazur@mathematica-mpr.com or 202-250-3518.