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Mental Health and Special Populations

Mental Health and Special Populations

The rate of mental illness and emotional distress is on the rise and suicide is among the leading causes of death for adults aged 45 and younger. Access to adequate treatment, however, remains difficult. Much of this is due to deficiencies in policy making and program implementation.

Our team of behavioral health scientists, policy development professionals and program implementation experts understand that combating mental health issues and reducing the rate of suicide requires the engagement and commitment of people in many sectors, both inside and outside of government. We help design, build and implement customized prevention strategies, frameworks and approaches that meet the needs of any population, be it general or specific to an at-risk group such as adults or adolescents, military members or Veterans, or LGBTQ+ populations.


Aptive experts have decades of experience working in the federal, state and local health sectors as well as in the executive branch of the government. We serve as a trusted partner in connecting health care stakeholders to advance health objectives. We arm our clients with data and insights to inform strategic decision making, focusing on the advancement of integrated, value-based care. Aptive uses evidence-informed methods, which are necessary to building a systematic and comprehensive approach to mental health and suicide prevention.


  • Program Evaluation
  • Community Engagement
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Diversity, Equity and Cultural Competency
  • Systems Thinking
  • Community Mental Health Improvement, Organizational Planning and Management
  • Communications and Change Management
  • Data Management and Analytics
Program Evaluation

Our subject matter experts apply scientific methods to evaluate the effectiveness and efficacy of mental health and special populations programs to ensure they are producing the intended outcomes. The insights from our evaluations provide a better understanding of how to better manage resources, identify areas for improvement and provide accountability for stakeholders.

Community Engagement

Aptive is known for our engagement strategies, listening skills and techniques that place an emphasis on increasing the volume and variety of participation. In each engagement, we carefully create equitable access to the community planning process and develop effective methods of gathering information. The thoughtful execution of our community engagement strategies provides an ease of understanding and confidence in engagement results by local decision makers.

Suicide Prevention

We provide various types of consultation including impact assessment and workforce management in mental health care organizations who provide suicide prevention and support services. Our experts provide workload assessment for suicide prevention coordinators in the VA; recommend pathways to implement systemwide improvements to prevent suicide, substance use disorders, opioid use, mental health care etc.; collaborate on the President’s Agenda for Veteran suicide prevention, and communicate on community grants for research and training initiatives for suicide prevention programs.

Diversity, Equity and Cultural Competency

We recognize the significant value that diversity, equity and inclusion can bring to people and organizations. Our work enables clients to create teams and initiatives that fully reflect the diverse communities they serve – and empower them to advance their businesses and communities. Our services include measurement, strategy, training and evaluation.

Systems Thinking

Our team applies a systems-thinking approach to assess all factors and relationships in a system. We empower our clients by outlining how to achieve the best possible outcome using our knowledge of how these factors interact, particularly when working with the nuance of special populations or integrating mental health and primary care.

Community Mental Health Improvement, Organizational Planning and Management

We work with our clients to engage in strategic and implementation planning and establish a framework to achieve their organizational goals whether at the community level or the federal level. Our planning and management capabilities set our clients up for success by preparing them to respond effectively to changing environments.

Communications and Change Management

Effective communication is an important tool to increase awareness, knowledge and desire to support organizational change. Our subject matter experts provide strategic communications to outline key messaging across identified channels and tactics. We apply best practices in change management, following the Prosci ADKAR model, to assess organizational readiness, build change capability, and equip employees and leadership with the tools to successfully adopt and sustain change.

Data Management and Analytics

We develop and provide local, market-centric data dashboards and analyses to provide the most comprehensive and accurate information on the unique attributes and relationships between data entities. These insights improve the ability to integrate and assess health data pipelines for providers, researchers, and population health organizations—so you can deepen your data reach.

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