Community of Practice

Thought Leadership Group for Community Mental Health Centers

Why a Community of Practice?

What is a Community of Practice (CoP)?

A Community of Practice, or CoP, is a group of individuals who share a common interest or profession and come together to learn, share knowledge, and collaborate. The key defining feature of a community of practice is the shared commitment to developing and improving the knowledge and skills within the community, with members taking an active role in helping each other learn and grow.

How will this help patients?

There is something CMHCs can do to start overcoming some of the challenges they face — something all other disease indications take for granted. Cancer, MS, and ALS patients are given the option to enroll in research to access the most cutting-edge treatments. The only thing preventing mental health practitioners from benefiting from research is stigma.

How will this help our center?

While CMHCs play an essential role in providing mental health care to vulnerable populations, they face several challenges, including funding and resource constraints, staffing shortages, stigma, limited access, integration with primary care, and limited resources for specialized services. We want to address these challenges and ensure that CMHCs can continue to provide high-quality care to their patients.

We are building a pathway to mental health care equity
by connecting CMHC patients to research options.

Clinical research should be a realistic option for as many patients as possible from the moment of diagnosis, expanding their access to treatment options that otherwise would not be available to them.

Integrating clinical research into the CMHC continuum of care is a pivotal step towards:

– Enhancing mental health outcomes;
– Advancing treatment parity;
– Providing patients access to cutting-edge treatment options;
– Removing some of the financial obstacles to that care.