The National Mental Health Innovation Center (NMHIC) was established in 2016 with a mission to find, develop and put into practice big new ideas to prevent, treat and change the way people think about mental illness. As part of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, NMHIC has a unique role in connecting academic research, patient treatment and industry innovation to accelerate mental health solutions that have significant impact for patients and entire communities. Our focus is not that of a typical university entity; we do not do research, teaching, or direct practice. We focus on the implementation of ideas that we believe to be innovative, effective options for improving mental health. We implement these projects in collaboration with community partners across Colorado and the nation.