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December 1994

Some Issues for the New Director of NIMH

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1994;51(12):998-1000. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1994.03950120070011

DAN FREEDMAN'S last editorial in the Archives1 dealt with funding issues for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Now, 18 months later, it is with a certain trepidation that we follow so eminent a spokesperson for psychiatry with our first editorial, trying to pick up where he left off. We are compelled to take up the subject of NIMH again, because interviews with candidates for the directorship of the Institute are ongoing.

The change in leadership at NIMH comes at an auspicious time, with the transition of the Institute back under the direct aegis of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and changes in the organization of health care taking place throughout the marketplace, at the level of the individual states as well as through potential federal legislation. The choice of the director will have a profound effect on our field: setting research priorities and financing them, shaping

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