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The Systems Evaluation Center (SEC) is charged with assisting the BHA through the development and implementation of research studies, program evaluations, consultation, and technical assistance. The information obtained from these activities provides feedback about the current functioning of the public mental health system. Further, the Center will assist BHA in identifying and monitoring system outcomes.

The SEC serves as a tangible link between the service-oriented public behavioral health system and the research-oriented academic environment at the University. This provides an opportunity for the Center to scientifically address those issues most relevant to the public behavioral health system. This will assist BHA in translating this information into real-world application.

SEC activities include assistance with ongoing system performance monitoring, analysis of service data, and the development of special studies seeking answers to specific questions about public behavioral health system functioning.

Diana Seybolt, PhD, Center Director