Standards for including consumer voice in all research, development and implementation.
SAMSHA does pretty good with asking consumers what is needed, but NIMH really needs to get on board. Their funding priorities do not once include the word "recovery" or "consumer." We don't need an endless supply of biomedical research. We need balance with consumer operated research which has a growing evidence base. On the other hand, the effectiveness of medication and purely physical approaches to mental health has a shrinking evidence base.
Although including consumer voice and preferences is considered correct procedurally, little information is provided as to what constitutes good professional practice in this area. In fact, programs which gain EBP status are often not applicable to diverse populations. Suggest that qualitative data be gathered in conjunction with quantitative data, and that consumers be engaged at the start of any solution development - even in the research itself.