Release Date:  January 16, 1998


National Institute of Mental Health

Application Receipt Date:  February 13, 1998


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) announces a sole-
source three-year competing supplement to refine and expand the
assessment of disablements due to alcohol, drug abuse, and mental
(ADM) disorders as part of the WHO/NIMH/NIAAA/NIDA Joint Project on
Assessment of Disablements in application to the measurement of
Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) in the World Health
Organization/World Bank study, Global Burden of Disease (GBD).  The
study objectives of the Joint Project are described in the original
Letter of Solicitation for this project.

Proposed Competing Supplement.  The proposed three-year competing
supplement will be used to conduct a study to assess disabilities
associated with the ADM disorders included in the GBD study using
the disablement assessment instruments being developed under the
current Joint Project.  The study will utilize the assessments of
disablements to develop a methodology for devising empirically
based disability weights for application to the DALYs formula. As
components of this supplement, both the disablements associated
with individual and co-morbid ADM disorders will be ascertained,
and the comparability of empirically based disability weights
associated with physical health conditions will be assessed.

This solicitation is a supplement of an existing Cooperative
Agreement between the National Institute of Mental Health, the
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National
Institute on Drug Abuse, and the World Health Organization; no
additional applications will be considered.

NIMH staff will contact the current grantee directly regarding
application procedures and format.


Inquiries about this may be directed to:

Pamela Wexler
Division of Services and Intervention Research
National Institute of Mental Health
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-99
Rockville, MD  20857
Telephone:  (301) 443-1018
FAX:  (301) 443-4045

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