Mental Health Impact Assessment

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Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA) Study Released

The Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) has released the results of its Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA), the first-of-its-kind study in the U.S.  The MHIA measures how public policies can affect the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities.

Click here to read or download a PDF of the MHIA report “U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Policy Guidance: A Mental Health Impact Assessment.”

The results of the 18-month study confirmed the ISE team’s prediction that updates to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policy that prohibits employers from using arrest records in the hiring process can help increase employability of residents in Chicago’s underserved Englewood neighborhood.

“Increasing employability improves the collective mental health and well-being of residents. It also makes it more likely that people will suffer less depression and psychological distress and feel a greater sense of connection with their community,” says Lynn Todman, Ph.D., the MHIA study’s principal investigator. Dr. Todman is ISE Executive Director, and Vice President for Leadership in Social Justice at the Adler University.

Environmental, economic and physical health effects are often considered when shaping public policy. However, mental health—an essential aspect of healthy communities—is rarely considered. The goal of developing MHIA is to ensure that mental health is evaluated before enacting policy decisions.

Leading support for our development of the MHIA has been provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Pierce Family Foundation

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Join the discussion with public sector professionals, academics, communities, and other key stakeholders committed to advancing a global movement to address the social determinants of mental health. To join the e-forum and for more information on the MHIA, email us today.


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