Consumer-Operated Service Programs Multi Site Research Initiative

About the Project

Between 1998 and 2005, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported a large, multi-site study of consumer-operated services, the Consumer-Operated Services Program (COSP) Multi-Site Research Initiative. This study generated the largest extant database for examining the effectiveness of consumer-run mental health programs; papers are in preparation for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Additional analysis of the COSP data is required for the purpose of supporting a current SAMSHA initiative, development of an Implementation Resource Kit for consumer-run services. The goals of the current project are to strengthen the evidence base for consumer-operated services and to make the resource kit optimally evidence-based. FMHI faculty had research responsibility for two of the program sites in the COSP study and, in collaboration with staff from study’s original coordinating center based at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, subsequently took on primary responsibility for the data analyses that yielded the initial multi-site findings. In the current contract, the lead research role is again based at FMHI.

Principal Investigator

Gregory Teague, PhD

Funding Agency

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

Award Amount



09/12/2005 - 11/30/2006