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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

Last Updated: 9/17/2014

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance,
Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with
Mental Health (ADS Center)


Evaluating Programs to Improve Social Acceptance of People with Mental Health Issues

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Training Summary

Most programs to promote social acceptance and address public perceptions of people with mental health problems are not evaluated for two primary reasons; (1) there is a knowledge gap regarding how to develop and conduct evaluation efforts and (2) there are a lack of resources (both human and financial) available to most groups and organizations who run stigma reduction activities and programs.
This training will:

  • Demonstrate how to evaluate programs, and provide opportunities for linking with individuals who have conducted evaluations of similar efforts.
  • Explain the types of things to be considered when developing, planning, and conducting evaluation activities.
  • Explain how you may work with evaluators for little or no cost.
  • Provide information on collaborating with various universities for help with evaluation design issues that will help generate better results.


Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D.
Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean for Research
Illinois Institute of Technology
Patrick Corrigan is Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Director of the Joint Research Programs in Psychiatric Rehabilitation at IIT. The Joint Programs are research and training efforts dedicated to the needs of people with psychiatric disability and their families. Corrigan has been principal investigator of federally funded studies on rehabilitation, team leadership, and consumer operated services. Six years ago, Corrigan became principal investigator of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research (CCSR), the only NIMH-funded research center examining the stigma of mental illness. One current study funded by NIAAA, NIMH, and The Fogarty Center is examining the stigma of mental illness endorsed by employers in Beijing, Chicago, and Hong Kong. Corrigan is a prolific researcher having published ten books and more than 200 papers.

Jonathan Delman, JD, MPH, DSc (cand.)
Executive Director
Consumer Quality Initiatives
Jonathan Delman is the founding executive director of Consumer Quality Initiatives. Mr. Delman is widely considered a national expert on behavioral health participatory action research, consumer directed survey research and quality management. He consults with SAMHSA, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, M-POWER, and several universities on these topics, and is a featured speaker on these topics at national conferences. Of note, he has been co-chair of the President’s New Freedom Commission work group on quality measures and information technology for acute care. In addition, he is a co-investigator for the newly funded grant from NIMH to Boston University School of Public Health to develop the Boston Mental Health Community-Academic Partnership. Mr. Delman, who lives with bipolar disorder, received a BA in economics from Tufts University, a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s of Science in Public Health from Boston University. He is currently a Doctoral candidate in Health Services Research at the Boston University School of Public Health. He has received several awards from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, most recently (2006) for “Longstanding and deep commitment to mental health consumers, especially young people who transition to the adult system of care.” He has also received the Isaiah Ullis Public Advocacy from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.