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Title of Collaborative Activity:

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)

Description of Collaborative Activity:

In December 2016, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law (Public Law 114‐255). Through this Act, the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) was established to address the needs of adults with serious mental illness (SMI) and children and youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families. The Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and other federal members of the ISMICC works across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal departments so that Americans with SMI and SED are able to improve their lives and receive the highest possible standard of care—care that is deeply informed by knowledge of science and medicine. The ISMICC includes representatives from eight federal departments that support programs that address the needs of people with SMI and SED, and is informed and strengthened by the participation of non‐federal members, including national experts on health care research, mental health providers, advocates, people with living with mental health conditions, and their families and caregivers. This cross‐sector, public‐private partnership provides a unique opportunity to share and generate solutions to the problems facing the mental health system. The ISMICC seeks to support a system where individuals with SMI or SED are able to engage effectively with a range of treatment and recovery support services that promote opportunities for people to live well in their communities. A central charge of this committee is to submit two reports to Congress, the first no later than one year after the enactment of the Act, and the second five years following enactment. The ISMICC has five priority areas and corresponding workgroups for these priority areas. Representatives from NIMH sit on each of these workgroups.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Committee, Advisory Group, or Work Group

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