Behavioral Health

BH TIG Week: Lessons Learned from Evaluating a 5-year Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Program: Integration of Behavioral Health Services in Medical Settings by Sindy Bolaños-Sacoman

Hi! I’m Sindy Bolaños-Sacoman, Evaluator and President of SBS Consulting in the State of New Mexico. As a contractor with the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, we just completed a five-year evaluation on a SAMHSA funded SBIRT project. We collaborated with several primary care, urgent care, tribal …

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BH TIG Week: Maximizing the Value of GPRA Data for Day-to-Day Decision Making by Jennifer Battis

Hello! My name is Jennifer Battis and I am a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator (TTAC) at the Center for Social Innovation in Needham, MA. As a TTAC, I have been providing trainings on how to use and make the most of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Performance Accountability and Reporting …

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BH TIG Week: Lesson Learned: Simplify Paperwork by Terrence Tutchings

Hi everyone, Terry here again, owner of Terrence R. Tutchings, Ph.D. & Associates, a consulting company in which we provide training and support of evidence-based processes, services and data for management and accountability related to substance abuse intervention and treatment, HIV interventions, and public health campaigns and inter-group relations. In my blog yesterday, I discussed …

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BH TIG Week: Hot Tip: Don’t Stop “Doing GPRA” by Terrence Tutchings

Hi, I’m Terrence (Terry) Tutchings, owner of Terrence R. Tutchings, Ph.D. & Associates, a consulting company that provides training and support of evidence-based processes, services and data for management and accountability related to substance abuse intervention and treatment, HIV interventions, and public health campaigns and inter-group relations. In this blog, I emphasize that it is …

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BH TIG Week: Some Thoughts About Using GPRA Data for Local Evaluation by Lisa Melchior

Hi, I’m Lisa Melchior, President of The Measurement Group LLC, a consulting firm focused on evaluation of health, behavioral health, and social services for at-risk and vulnerable populations. I’m delighted to share some thoughts about the role of federal performance data and reporting requirements as they pertain to local evaluation. Since the inception of the …

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BH TIG Week: GPRA Reporting by Kathleen Ferreira and Roger Boothroyd

Greetings! We’re Kathleen Ferreira and Roger Boothroyd, Co-Chairs of AEA’s Behavioral Health Topical Interest Group (TIG). The Behavioral Health TIG is pleased to sponsor this week’s blogs for AEA365. We have chosen to draw upon our members’ experience, expertise, and thoughts as it applies to GPRA, the Government Performance and Results Act. As you will read more …

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BH TIG Week: A multisystem evaluation: Assessing a mental health court in Ethiopia by Faisal Islam

I am Faisal Islam, Evaluation Specialist at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Canada. Recently, I conducted an evaluation of a mental health court in Ethiopia. First of its kind in Ethiopia, the mental health court was established in collaboration with a number of partners from Ethiopia and Canada. As you can …

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BH TIG Week: The method is the message: Lessons learned from analyzing substance use, mental health, and emergency department visits via claims data by Shannon Campbell

Hi! I’m Shannon Campbell, senior research/evaluation analyst for Multnomah County’s Mental Health and Addiction Services Division (MHASD). Beyond its responsibilities as the local mental health authority, MHASD also partners with Health Share of Oregon to co-manage Medicaid behavioral health benefits. Recognizing the links between physical and behavioral health, reducing emergency department (ED) visits, is an …

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BH TIG Week: Balancing Complexity and Diversity in Reviewing Behavioral Health Systems by Saumitra SenGupta and Gale Berkowitz

Greetings from Saumitra SenGupta and Gale Berkowitz.  Together we lead the External Quality Review of 56 California Medi-Cal managed specialty mental health plans (MHPs) through Behavioral Health Concepts. Each year we are required to review all 56 MHPs, produce a report for each, AND produce a statewide annual report. Our role is more to validate …

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BH TIG Week: Developing SMART and WISE indicators by Evangeline Danseco

Hello, my name is Evangeline Danseco and I work as a Performance Measurement Coach at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. I help community-based non-profit agencies develop a performance measurement framework for their organization. In my recent work with community-based agencies, I encourage them to think about including both SMART …

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