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Schizophrenia and suicide: a public health problem-10/2005 Volume: 4 Issue: 1
Author: Dow A. Wieman, Ph.D.
Recognizing that suicide is a multidimensional problem, SAMSHA, and other groups have funded interventions tailored to different populations. This article looks at the percentages of suicides that can be attributed to serious mental illness, using schizophrenia as an example. It also details a method that can be used to correlate state and mental health agency data, attributed to the Technical Evaluation Center, HSRI.
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Medicaid Performance Improvement Projects: A Means of System Transformation?-5/2005
Author: The Evaluation Center @ HSRI
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have recently undertaken an initiative to promote systemwide performance improvement in Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) by means of mandated Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs). The PIP initiative follows the general approach of conventional quality improvement methods, and draws extensively on earlier CMS initiatives as well as work done by others in the field, notably the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The protocol for conducting a PIP developed by CMS lays out a general framework for these activities and specific requirements to which they must conform. This FastFacts describes the ways in which the PIP protocol follows the general approach of conventional quality improvement methods.
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Case Mix Adjustment in Behavioral Health Care-11/2004
Author: Dow Wieman, Ph.D., H. Stephen Leff, Ph.D., Amy DiRamio, Sarah Witham, Eric Goplerud, Ph.D., and Elise Young, M.S.W.
The Evaluation Center@HSRI has just released Fast Facts issue #4 entitled "The most recent Evaluation Fast Fax discusses the use of case mix adjustment in behavioral health care. Also known as risk adjustment, case mix adjustment refers to statistical methods to controlling for group characteristics that that influence some outcome of interest. The FastFacts discusses uses in actuarial analyses such as capitation rate setting, services research (for post-hoc comparison of outcomes for non-equivalent groups), and in comparing groups for purposes of performance measurement. The FastFacts describes a toolkit produced by the Evaluation Center at HSRI, entitled Case Mix Adjustment in Behavioral Health, by Michael Hendryx Ph.D.
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The National Registry of Effective Programs and Practice (NREPP): Recent Developments-7/2004
Author: The Evaluation Center@HSRI
The Evaluation Center@HSRI has just released Fast Facts issue #3 entitled "The National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices." This issue concerns recent developments and plans for the future of NREPP, a database of evidence-based practices for substance abuse and mental health treatment supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
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Clinical Evidence Concise: A Model for the Dissemination of Evidence-based Treatment in Behavioral Health Care-2/2004
Author: The Evaluation Center@HSRI
The Evaluation Center@HSRI has just released a new issue of FastFacts entitled “Clinical Evidence Concise: A model for Dissemination of Evidence-Based Treatment in Behavioral Health Care”, (vol 3, issue 1). This briefing describes an initiative in general medicine named
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Not All Statistically Significant Differences Are Alike: Equivalence Analysis in Mental Health Evaluation-6/2003 Volume: 2 Issue: 4
Author: The Evaluation Center @ HSRI
Equivalence analysis is a new statistical tool for human services research. Stemming from pharmaceutical bioequivalence analysis, equivalence analysis offers a different perspective then traditional null hypothesis testing. More detailed and technical information about equivalence testing in psychosocial and services research may be found in the following references. The reader is also referred to the Evaluation Center@HSRI website, http://www.tecathsri.org. Coming soon: SPSS code for conducting equivalence analysis
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Training in Cultural Competence: The Need for a Mental Health Cultural Assimilator-4/2003 Volume: 2 Issue: 3
Author: Sung-man Shin, M.S.
The increasing numbers and percentages of minority populations in the United States, along with the accumulating evidence of service disparities in access, continuity, and quality for people of minority cultures (Brach, & Fraser, 2002; Snowden, 2003; Sue, Fujino, Hu, Takeuchi, & Zane, 1991), create a profound sense of urgency among the public health service providers to resolve the treatment discrepancies between different cultural groups.
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Measuring System Impacts on Mental Health Recovery:-2/2003 Volume: 2 Issue: 2
Author: The Evaluation Center @ HSRI
What is mental health recovery? What helps the individual in the process of recovery? What hinders? How do mental health systems and staff help, and how do they hinder? How can these effects be measured? A recent report entitled “Mental Health Recovery: What Helps and What Hinders?” represents the first step of a national project designed to address these questions.
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The NTAC Training Curriculum for the Reduction of Seclusion and Restraint-9/2002
Author: The Evaluation Center@HSRI
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM DIRECTORS (NASMHPD) and its National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning (NTAC) have identified the creation of a violence- and coercion-free mental health treatment environment as a priority. Reducing and eventually eliminating seclusion and restraint is a
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HIPAA Transactions And Medical Codes: Implications For Behavioral Health Services Research And Evaluation-8/2002 Volume: 2 Issue: 1
Author: The Evaluation Center @ HSRI
This issue of Evaluation FastFacts addresses the HIPAA Transactions and Medical Codes and discusses their implications for behavioral health services research and evaluation.
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