The federal government has contracted with APA's monthly journal
Psychiatric Services to disseminate information about mental health
system "transformation"—the top-to-bottom reform of the
nation's service delivery system called for by the President's New Freedom
Commission on Mental Health three years ago.
Howard Goldman, M.D.: "We try to attend to the needs of our
multidisciplinary readership, which includes psychiatrists and other
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has
awarded Psychiatric Services $75,000 to support publication of a
series of articles related to the work of the New Freedom Commission and
initiatives at the state level to implement the commission's
The inaugural article by Jürgen Unützer, M.D., on"
Transforming Mental Health at the Interface with General
Medicine," will appear in the January 2006 issue. The article, like
several others planned for the series, is based on a report to the commission
by one of the subcommittees that assisted the commission in developing its
final report, "Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in
A second article in the series will appear in May 2006 and will focus on
recovery-related issues that need to be addressed in the transformation of
mental health services. Future articles appearing throughout 2006 and into
2007 will address issues such as housing, employment, and mental health system
leadership. Also planned for publication are case studies from each of the
states that has received SAMHSA Mental Health Transformation Grants. (These
grants enable states to begin implementing the presidential commission's
reform recommendations by supporting development of comprehensive state mental
health plans and funding improvements to their mental health services
Part of the award Psychiatric Services is receiving from SAMHSA
will support a monograph compilation of all of the articles, which will be
published by American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., once the series is
complete. All articles will be solicited by journal editor Howard Goldman,
M.D., Ph.D., and peer reviewed.
Goldman said the series is an illustration of how Psychiatric
Services serves as both a "journal of
record"—documenting the results of important studies or providing
commentary on critical issues—and a "journal of voice,"
sharing scholarly work on topics of interest.
In an editorial that will appear in the January issue, Goldman says the
journal balances several interests. "First, it is a professional
communication about mental health services, including some papers on substance
abuse services, developmental disabilities, and mental health services in
general health care settings. Occasionally, we publish papers on clinical
matters and on epidemiology, and even a few methods papers, but we focus
primarily on mental health services."
"We try to attend to the needs of our multidisciplinary
readership," he said, which includes psychiatrists and other clinicians,
administrators, policy makers, researchers, and other stakeholders."
He noted in the editorial that virtually all submissions to the journal are
peer reviewed. "Psychiatric Services emphasizes external
validity along with internal validity," he said. "The
generalizability and relevance of our papers to policy and practice are
central to the mission and impact of the journal."
Goldman, who is starting his second year as editor, credits the journal's
staff, editorial board members, peer reviewers, column and section editors,
and a range of editorial consultants with diverse backgrounds for the
"Their wisdom gives Psychiatric Services a better voice and
makes it a more scientific record of mental health services, reflecting where
services are today and where we want them to be in the future," Goldman