Community Partnered, Participatory Research in Mental Health Services Chair, Kenneth Wells Presenters Loretta Jones (Healthy African American Families/CRD University) Bowen Chung (UCLA-Harbor and RAND) – Partnered Planning of a Randomized Trial: Community Partners in Care Margarita Alegria (Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard University) – Community-based Participatory Research: Recommendations and Challenges Enola Proctor (Washington University) – Partnered Research with Social Services Agencies: Examples and Challenges Benjamin Springgate (Tulane and RAND) Charles Allen (Holy Cross Neighborhood Association; Tulane and Xavier) – Partnered Development of a Community Health Worker Model for Mental Health Outreach Kavita Patel – Making Government Work for Mental Health: New opportunities for Community Partnerships and Research CBPR and Mental Health Services Research Underserved communities may stand the most to gain from improvements in access and quality of care – Partners in Care – Public health impact Health services research findings are often underutilized in communities – Research impact Social justice and transparency of research priority setting, process and access to products – Power shifting through participation Key Questions How is CBPR being done for mental health issues? What are experiences of community and academic partners and study participants? What does community engagement as a strategy for mental health services research offer community, research and policy stakeholders? What are the challenges for science and communities? What are models for making it work? What role can partnered research plan in healthcare reform and other policy initiatives?