Translating evidence-based mental health interventions designed in research settings into community practice is a priority for multiple stakeholders. Partnerships between academic and public institutions can facilitate this translation. To improve care for middle-aged and older adults with schizophrenia, the authors developed a collaboration between a university research center and a public mental health service system using principles from community-based participatory research and cultural exchange theory. They describe the process that has led to a number of mutually beneficial products. Despite the challenges involved, building and maintaining academic-public collaborations will be essential for improving mental health care for persons with schizophrenia.