PASADENA (CBS) — Kaiser Permanente Southern California researchers were chosen to join the National Mental Health Research Network, which was recently funded with a $10.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, it was announced Tuesday.

Five other Kaiser Permanente research centers, in Northern California,
Oregon, Colorado, Georgia and Hawaii, are also included in the 10-center MHRN network.

“Kaiser Permanente Southern California is critical to this network as
we have the largest membership in the network and one of the most ethnically diverse,” said Karen J. Coleman, research scientist and
lead for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California MHRN site. “We can contribute substantially to the understanding of mental health issues across different cultures and how best to treat mental illness in these diverse groups.”

Utilizing population-based medical information from the HMO Research
Network, the MHRN will develop a national resource for mental health
researchers “that will make prevention, diagnosis, treatment and dissemination of mental health research findings more efficient and robust,” according to Kaiser. The effort has the potential to include 10 million people across a dozen states.

Some of the funding for the Mental Health Research Network came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the 2009 stimulus package.

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