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NAMI is committed to improving the lives of people impacted by mental health conditions through effective treatments, equitable public policies, and greater knowledge and understanding in society. Research is essential to advance each of these goals. When NAMI is approached to be involved in research of any type, at any level, we take it very seriously. NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ken Duckworth and National Director of Research and Quality Assurance Dr. Teri Brister thoroughly review the research protocols and methodology and the documentation that the study has been approved an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to assure the safety of those involved.

NAMI does not accept financial compensation for recruiting research participants. NAMI also does not endorse any products or treatments. We share these research opportunity notices with you, our field leaders, to distribute at your discretion if you believe that members of your community may be interested in participating in these studies.

If you have questions about research at NAMI, please visit or email


This study is an anonymous online survey and interactive activity. The goal of the study is to learn more about how mental health conditions like anxiety and depression may affect a person’s ability to pay attention and think clearly. Participants will be asked to download a free and secure program to their computer to participate in the interactive activity. Total participation time is approximately 30-45 minutes.

Participants who complete the survey and interactive activity will receive a $10 gift card in appreciation for their time. Five participants will also be randomly selected to receive a $50 gift card.


Participants may be eligible for this study if they:

  • Are aged 18 or older
  • Are comfortable using a computer keyboard for 30-45 minutes
  • Are not experiencing a psychotic episode
  • Are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, other than usual prescription medication

There will be approximately 130 people participating in this study.


This study takes place entirely online. To view the consent form and participate in the study, please visit the webpage:


The document attached has additional information about the study. If you have questions or would like more information, please refer to the study webpage or contact the researchers at


Have you had direct contact with the Police? 

We want to encourage NAMI members who have had direct contact with the mental health team members and/or CIT training to write reviews that emphasize how important the mental health training and staff are to the residents of Howard County. Contact them at the link below:

The Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC) is working to increase participation in evidence-based mental health and suicide prevention education and stigma reduction programs by 20% in order to reduce emergency department visits related to mental health conditions and decrease suicide rates in Howard County. HCLHIC partner organizations including: Howard County General Hospital, Grassroots Crisis Intervention, Humanim and the Mental Health Association of Maryland are collaborating to make these programs accessible to the community.


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Police expand voluntary “flagging” program for calls to 911

Howard County police are expanding a program in which residents can voluntarily “flag” their address in the 911 system to make police aware of a family member with a disability. The program began through a partnership with autism advocates in 2012, but has expanded to include other information residents believe would be relevant to a police response, if 911 is ever called.

 For example, if someone living with autism has sensory sensitivity, an officer could be mindful of the possible effect of police lights or sirens when approaching that household. If a person with dementia has a history of wandering to a particular place, responding officers would know to quickly check that location. Or if responding officers are aware in advance that a person inside a residence is deaf, they can be prepared if they do not get a response to verbal directions.
“Whenever possible, we want to make accommodations to best-serve the needs of all our residents,” said Police Chief Gary Gardner. “Having this valuable information in advance can reduce confusion in what may already be a stressful or chaotic situation. Our goal is always to create the safest possible environment for everyone.”


The flagging program can be used for various relevant mental or physical health concerns, to include:
  • Autism
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Intellectual, developmental or degenerative disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Mental health diagnoses
  • Other behavior that may affect police response
A request form is available on the Howard County Police Department’s website under “Programs and Services.” Residents with questions about the program should contact the Community Outreach Division at 
410-313-2207 or All information submitted as part of the 911 flagging program remains confidential and will only be used by emergency dispatchers and responders.


NAMI Howard County is committed to improving the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness through support, education, and advocacy, and to increasing awareness of mental illness throughout the community. We are the local voice for mental illness!!

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