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National Institutes of Health

NIMH Outreach

The Office of Constituency Relations and Public Liaison (OCRPL)

Oversees most of the Institute’s outreach and public liaison activities, including interactions with patient advocacy, professional, scientific and community-based organizations interested in the mission and/or programs of NIMH.

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Public Forums and Dialogues

NIMH has hosted meetings across the U.S. to inform the public of cutting-edge mental health research and to gather input from the community to assist in developing the NIMH research agenda.

Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications (OSPPC)

OSPPC plans and directs a comprehensive strategic agenda for national mental health policy, including science program planning and related policy evaluation, research training and coordination, and technology and information transfer. OSPPC plans and implements portfolio analysis, scientific disease coding, and program evaluations for developing and assessing NIMH strategic plans and portfolio management.

OSPPC also creates and implements the Institute’s communication efforts, including information dissemination, media relations activities, and internal communications. The Office proposes and guides science education activities concerned with informing the scientific community and public about mental health issues. The Office is also responsible for managing issues related to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), correspondence control, and clearance services for the Institute.

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