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Dr. Meera Narasimhan awarded $1 million NIH Grant

Meera Narasimhan, MD and Dr. Benjamin Druss have been awarded an $1 million Ro1 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. This grant titled “Clinical and Policy Implications of a Statewide Emergency Telepsychiatry Project” explores outcomes from a cutting-edge telemedicine initiative in emergency departments across the state of South Carolina called “Partners in Behavioral Health Emergency Services” that delivers care to some of the most vulnerable patients’ at the most vulnerable point in the course of their treatment. 

This grant provides a unique opportunity to rigorously study the impact of this novel intervention, optimize outcomes (biological and psychosocial) and sustainability of the program within South Carolina, and also help understand the contextual factors that may allow the program to be disseminated to other states.

The Emergency Telepsychiatry project, funded by a Duke Endowment grant, is very unique and one of a kind in the nation in which psychiatrists will provide around-the-clock coverage for consultation with hospital emergency departments all across the state of South Carolina.

Meera Narasimhan, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director Biological Research, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH, Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, will serve as the Co-Principal Investigators on this grant. This NIH funded study is a partnership between the University of South Carolina, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Office of Research and Statistics and Emory University.