Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC)

The ISMICC reports to Congress and federal agencies on issues related to serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED).

ISMICC delivers the following to Congress and to other relevant federal departments and agencies:

  • A summary of advances in serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED) research pertaining to prevention, diagnosis, intervention, treatment, and recovery. This includes advances in access to services and supports for adults with SMI and children with SED.
  •  An evaluation of the effect federal programs related to SMI have on public health, including public health outcomes such as:
    • Rates of suicide, suicide attempts, incidence and prevalence of SMIs, SEDs, and substance use disorders, overdose, overdose deaths, emergency hospitalizations, emergency room boarding, preventable emergency room visits, interaction with the criminal justice system, homelessness, and unemployment
    • Increased rates of employment and enrollment in educational and vocational programs
    • Quality of treatment services for mental and substance use disorders
    • Any other criteria as may be determined by the Secretary
  • Specific recommendations for actions that agencies can take to better coordinate the administration of mental health services for adults with SMI and children with SED

ISMICC Charter


ISMICC Meetings

View the Press Conference from Thursday, December 14, 2017

Members of the ISMICC discussed the recommendations in their first Report to Congress during a press conference on Thursday, December 14, 2017. The findings and recommendations in the report have the potential to spur federal action to revolutionize behavioral health care by increasing access, quality, and affordability of care. 

Download the Full Report

Download the Executive Summary

Meeting Agenda (PDF | 143 KB)

Access the Notice of Meeting for the ISMICC meeting on December 14 in the Federal Register.

ISMICC Resources

Last Updated: 06/04/2018