Behavioral Health

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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BH TIG Week: Lessons learned in evaluating cross-systems programs by Lisa Melchior

Hi, I’m Lisa Melchior, President of The Measurement Group LLC, a consulting firm focused on the evaluation of health and social services for at-risk and vulnerable populations. I’d like to share some lessons I’ve learned in close to 30 years of working with community-based behavioral health and other programs that have addressed issues in populations …

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BH TIG Week: A Call for a Systems Approach to Behavioral Health Evaluation by Roger A. Boothroyd

Hello, I’m Roger A. Boothroyd from the University of South Florida. One thing I have learned from conducting mental health services research over the past 30 years: Research repeatedly documents that approximately two-thirds of adults diagnosed with a mental health disorder have at least one physical health condition. It is also well known that comorbidity …

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LAWG Week: Ann Price on Evaluating Alcohol Prevention Efforts in Georgia

My name is Ann Price and I am the President of Community Evaluation Solutions, Inc. (CES), a consulting firm based in Alpharetta, Georgia just outside of Atlanta. I am a community psychologist and work with many federally-funded, community-based alcohol and substance abuse prevention programs. Across the state of Georgia, whether in rural areas or suburban …

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ADAMH Week: Gisele Tchamba on the Transtheoretical Model (TTM): An Evaluation Tool for Organizational Change within Behavioral Health Services

My name is Gisele Tchamba and I work for a faith-based organization where I lead in evaluation capacity building. I am also one of the ADAMH TIG leaders.  Today I want to share my experience with the implementation of a new treatment model for behavioral health providers in my county. The Recovery Oriented Systems of …

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ADAMH Week: Paul St. Roseman on Connecting Evaluation with Learning and Leadership

Greetings AEA365 community.  My name is Paul St. Roseman, and I am the owner/principal investigator with DataUse Consulting Group.  The intersection of evaluation and professional development has been an interest of mine throughout my 20-year career as an educator and evaluation researcher.  Within my practice, I have observed how participation in evaluations impact how people: …

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ADAMH Week: Julie Slay on Using administrative claims data? Proceed with caution

I am Julie Slay, Senior Director of Evaluation at Arabella Advisors, a consulting firm that helps philanthropists and investors achieve the greatest good with their resources. Often, we are asked to evaluate a funder’s portfolio or initiative using indicators based on secondary data sets that reflect community-level and individual-level outcomes. Administrative data have potential to …

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