Since 2010, the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) has sought to improve population mental health and the delivery of mental health care.  With 13 member sites, the MHRN has the ability to carry out population based mental health research in a manner that's unmatched by other U.S. research networks. We accomplish this by:


  • Leveraging the unique assets of our network and those within the larger HMO Research Network
  • Research centers embedded within health care systems that serve over 12.5 million patients across the U.S.
  • Funded by NIMH through a U19 collaborative agreement, NIMH staff are an integral part of the network guiding research priorities
  • Fostering research collaboration both within and outside of our network
  • Disseminating information about the research interests, resources and capabilities of our members
  • Sharing methodologies, best practices, and consultative expertise of members across research centers as well nationally

Who are MHRN members?

The MHRN is made up of research scientists and staff at research departments embedded within non-profit health care delivery systems, dedicated to public domain mental health research.  The health care delivery systems represent diverse structures, and typically include an integrated delivery system, the ability to define patient populations, and access to electronic medical and administrative records. Current member organizations are:



Responsibilities of MHRN and HMORN Membership



All MHRN members are part of the larger HMO Research Network (HMORN).  MHRN member sites are expected to:  

  • Participate in and provide leadership for Network governance and operations, including participate in monthly Steering Committee teleconferences and 2 annual in person meetings.
  • Participate in regular infrastructure core workgroups as needed, including twice monthly Virtual Data Warehouse teleconferences.  
  • Provide at least 1 programming representative for the Virtual Data Warehouse workgroup.
  • Participate in and/or provide leadership for the development of new Network initiatives.

Each HMORN Member institution must agree to make the following contributions:

  • Participate in and provide leadership for Network governance and operations. For example, designate an HMORN Governing Board member and contact person(s).
  • Participate in and/or provide leadership for the development of new Network initiatives.
  • Represent the Network in national forums, as needed.
  • Participate in the HMORN Virtual Data Warehouse (VDW). Keep local VDW files and protocols up to date, perform data validation and checking, participate in the VDW Implementation Group and designate a site VDW data manager.
  • Be responsive to and participate in efforts to streamline processes and create resources to enhance Network and project functions and operations.
  • Provide contact information for key staff (e.g., grant development, finance, DUA recipient, data manager, etc.) for the online Key Contacts Directory.
  • Provide contact information and relevant research interests for the online HMORN Researcher Directory.
  • Contribute to the core infrastructure of the HMORN by paying an annual assessment (adjusted annually).  Sites are assessed based on a 3-tier system (tiers range from $10,000 to $25,000 per year, typically).


Membership in the HMO Research Network:

Go to the HMORN website for more information about the benefits of belonging to the HMO Research Network as well as how to apply.


Membership in MHRN:

MHRN is funded through a cooperative agreement with NIMH (U19 funding mechanism).  As such, we do not have the capacity to support additional member sites within the current funding cycle.  If your organization is now or is planning to become an HMORN member, and you are interested in joining MHRN as a member site in possible future funding cycles, please contact the MHRN site PI, Greg Simon, at