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Community Mental Health Journal is devoted to the evaluation and improvement of public sector mental health services for people affected by severe mental disorders, serious emotional disturbances and/or addictions.

Coverage includes:

  • nationally representative epidemiologic projects
  • intervention research involving benefit and risk comparisons between service programs
  • methodology, such as instrumentation, where particularly pertinent to public sector behavioral health evaluation or research

*Please note: All studies must be approved by human subjects committees (also known as institutional review boards). At the end of the Methods section, authors must state which human subject committee (IRB) approved the study.

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  • Sandra Steingard
Impact factor
2.7 (2022)
5 year impact factor
2.6 (2022)
Submission to first decision (median)
4 days
595,385 (2022)

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  • Call for Papers: Recovery at 30: Emancipation, cooptation, or the end of an era?

    In this special issue of Community Mental Health Journal, we are soliciting both concept pieces (commentaries, critical reviews) and empirical work (qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic or mixed methods) that explore the question of whether recovery policy remains relevant and emancipatory today or whether the psy-fields are instead in need of fresh thinking and new, more diverse values-based frameworks.

    Guest Editors: Vandana Gopikumar, Archana Padmakar, Ro Speight, Nev Jones, Rebecca Miller, Sandy Steingard
    Submission Deadline: December 1, 2023

  • Call for Papers: Multi-Journal Collection on Reducing Poverty and its Consequences

    As one of the most enduring and complex social problems in the world, poverty, and its eradication, must be addressed through a variety of research and practice domains including social, behavioral, and public health perspectives.  Our journal is calling for submissions to a multi-journal collection exploring this significant global issue. Click here for more details.

    Submission Deadline: July. 1, 2023

  • New Article Type: Fresh Focus

    Community Mental Health Journal is introducing a new article type, focusing on emerging topics of discussion within community psychiatry.  The new article type, Fresh Focus,  spans several possible formats and focus topics listed here. 

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