Crisis Intervention

Experiencing or witnessing violence can significantly impact the way we see the world. Our research helps to reduce victimization and increase treatment options for those impacted by violence, while influencing policy and practice related to violence exposure.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment

The Begun Center serves as the local evaluator for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County’s (ADAMHSCC) Assisted Outpatient Treatment Pilot Program. The population to be served with the AOT Pilot program are persons with serious mental illness who are civilly committed to the public mental health system. The evaluation will involve a longitudinal review where the clients will serve as their own comparison group. Looking back 3 years prior to entrance in the program, the evaluation will examine whether the subjects’ trajectories have changed since their involvement with the AOT program, including, but not limited to, reduction in inpatient hospitalizations, period of homelessness and involvement in the criminal justice system. 

Research Team: David L. Hussey (Principal Investigator), Michelle L. Riske-Morris, Karen Coen Flynn, Sarah E. Fulton, Chase Klingenstein


Early Jail Diversion

The Begun Center serves as research and evaluation partner to the Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board through a grant from SAMHSA for the Cuyahoga County Jail Diversion Program (JDP). Through the JDP clinicians and peer support specialists from Frontline Services will work with City of Cleveland Police Department officers to reduce criminal sanctions for individuals with mental health challenges by providing them with timely and comprehensive assessment, referral, linkage, and follow-up to much needed community supports and treatments.

Research Team: David L. Hussey (Principal Investigator), Michelle L. Riske-Morris, Karen Coen Flynn


Suicide Prevention Initiatives

Ohio Campaign for Hope Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative

The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation for the Ohio Campaign for Hope Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. This initiative is a three-year youth suicide prevention campaign funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Research Team: Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD (Principal Investigator), Seungjung Cho (doctoral student)

Learn about our Suicide Prevention Research

Serving Ohio Guardsmen and Women

The Begun Center serves as evaluator for this three-year, SAMHSA-funded grant campaign that seeks to empower Ohio’s military, their families, and those serving them to take ownership of their mental health, engage in positive mental health strategies, and be aware of the resources available in Ohio to support them in times of need. This project is facilitated by the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPV) and trains Ohio National Guard members in Mental Health First Aid in order to recognize and refer those at risk of suicide. 

Nationally and in Ohio, Military Members & Veterans are at an increased risk of suicide as compared to their peers; risk for suicide is 22% higher in our nation’s veterans as compared to the general adult population. Despite these statistics, we know that suicide can be prevented and individuals in crisis can be supported and connected with effective mental health services. OSPF seeks to equip and empower military members, veterans, their families, and those serving them with the knowledge to identify the warning signs of suicide, confidence to ask about thoughts of suicide, and ability to refer to mental health providers with competence in military culture. OSPF also works with Ohio’s National Guard (ONG) and military-serving organizations across Ohio to promote greater understanding and awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.

In addition to the OSPF and the Ohio National Guard, project partners include Mindful Minds and the Partnership for Violence Free Families.

Research Team: Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD (Principal Investigator), Seungjung Cho (doctoral student)

Learn more about OSPF's efforts to serve active military and veterans


Bullying Prevention

The Begun Center serves as a research and evaluation partner to the StandUp Bullying Prevention Program, which tests a newly-developed computer-administered bullying prevention program for high school students.

Principal Investigator: Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD

Read about our work with StandUp.


Cuyahoga County Crisis Response Needs Assessment

In 2018, the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County (ADAMHSBCC) contracted with the Begun Center to conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment of Cuyahoga County’s crisis response system. This system is a complex and tiered one comprised of crisis response services that support clients whose safety and health are threatened by behavioral health challenges, including mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance use, and/or overwhelming stressors. The objective of this assessment was to include a broad enough range of participants to reliably surface the major underlying themes characterizing the responsiveness of the system in meeting the needs of clients and their families. The goal of this effort was to present these themes in ways that would be useful in assessing the effectiveness of the current system and later informing planning efforts for improvement. The report details strengths and identifies areas for improvement in the Cuyahoga County Crisis Response System.

Research Team: David L. Hussey (Principal Investigator), Michelle L. Riske-Morris, Karen Coen Flynn, Sarah E. Fulton

Read the report prepared by the Begun Center for the Cuyahoga County ADAMHS Board