About CMHRR/Mission 

           The Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery at Montana State University seeks to respond to specific challenges associated with diagnosing and treating serious mental illnesses such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia that severely restrict quality of life and are often a prequel to suicide. The Center is a collaboration between Montana State University and the Montana chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). This Center combines clinical health and basic research resources to improve the process of diagnosing and treating serious mental illness through collaborative efforts between neuroscientists, social scientists, clinicians, engineers, and those affected by mental illness, and their families. 


  1. Insure that Montanans have access within the state to cutting-edge, research-driven techniques for diagnosing and treating mental illness.
  2. Focused research efforts on the specific challenges presented when accessing treatment in isolated rural communities with limited treatment providers.
  3. Serve as an information hub for the understanding and treatment of psychiatric conditions that lead to suicidal behavior.
  4. Create educational opportunities and jobs through the development of a regional “innovation cluster” based upon the revolutions in neuroscience and psychiatric treatment.