Month: July 2018

Authors: Nate Lubold, Rebecca Raczka and Kate Gallagher

Who does Project Safespace serve?

Project Safespace services children in out-of-home care in the state of Kentucky. We created an innovative approach to addressing a gap in communication and collaboration between providers and Kentucky’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) through the implementation of an outcomes management system.

This system allows behavioral health providers to enter their clinical data, which is then transferred to the state case worker in real time. This functionality allows the providers and state to facilitate real-time decisions about a child’s treatment and placement.

 

My program was a part of the Safespace initiative that ends in September. Can my program continue to use Advanced Metrics software?

Yes, the initiative of the Safespace project is to create a resource that is sustainable well beyond the Safespace project. All the programs that are part of the Safespace project will be able to use the system. There is also an opportunity to use the system beyond out-of-home care.

 

How can my organization participate in this project?

Although the Safespace project began for specific organizations with children in out-of-home care, we are currently expanding what was originally created to provide other organizations with access to the robust resources that were designed for this project. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can provide support to your team, every step of the way. Please contact Advanced Metrics by email at info@ametrics.org or by phone at 443-708-7395.

 

Authors: Nate Lubold, Rebecca Raczka and Kate Gallagher

What is the CANS Assessment?

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment, is known as the Texas CANS 2.0. It is a reliable and valid assessment tool used to measure child and youth functioning via a common tool. It is supported by a variety of service lines and populations and used in a diverse system of care.

It is not a tool used to diagnose a child; rather, it is based on the communimetrics theory of communication. The CANS assessment is designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue and create a common language among all partners participating in the child’s treatment.

How would my program use the CANS to complete our clinical work? 

There are a variety of options for how the CANS assessment can support clinical work at your agency. For example, there is the capability to track clinician sessions, utilize and build evidence-based practices within the system, and collect information via the dynamic progress notes for programs.

 

What type of programs are already using the CANS assessment in Texas?

Within the family court model of the court system, agencies are using data from completed assessments to develop a collaborative approach to treatment and bridge the communication gap between human services and the court system. County behavioral health providers are using it for youth and adults in a traditional CANS assessment utilization model.

 

How can our program connect our data with existing Advanced Metrics software?

There are multiple ways for your program to connect your data with Advanced Metrics software solutions. For example, your organization may complete a direct data access application into our system, or an Application Program Interface (API) can be used to connect to your electronic health record or databases to our software solution.

 

welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can provide support to your team, every step of the way.

Please contact Advanced Metrics by email at info@ametrics.org or by phone at 443-708-7395.

 

Authors: Nate Lubold, Rebecca Raczka and Kate Gallagher

What are the Department of Health Care Services Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC-35) and the Child and Adolescents Needs and Strengths (CANS assessment) tools to measure child and youth functioning as intended by Welfare and Institutions Code mandate?

Beginning in August 2018, there is going to be a rolling submission of the required data to the state of California. This mandate is specific to California; however, there are similar mandates and expectations in other states. The CANS assessment memorandum from the state of California’s Department of Health can be viewed here.

What is the CANS?

The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment, also known in California as the California CANS 50, or the CANS assessment, is a reliable and valid tool used to measure child and youth functioning via a common platform. It is backed by a variety of service lines and populations and is used in a diverse system of care.

 

It is not a tool used to diagnose a child; rather, the CANS assessment is based on the communimetrics theory of communication. The CANS assessment is designed to facilitate meaningful dialogue and create a common language among all partners participating in the child’s treatment.

 

Are there other versions of the CANS assessment?

There are a number of variations to the CANS assessment, including those assessments that are specific to autism and intellectual disability.  Additionally, there are related tools that follow the same structure that focus on adults, such as the Adults Needs and Strengths (ANSA) assessment. In addition, families can utilize the Family Advocacy and Support Tool (FAST).

 

What is the PSC-35?

The Pediatric Symptom Checklist, or the PSC-35, is a tool used in conjunction with the CANS assessment to provide a more complete picture of the child’s treatment needs. This psychosocial screen is designed to facilitate the recognition of cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems, and is completed by families to ensure they have a voice at the table.

 

Can the software solutions built by Advanced Metrics meet the criteria set forth by varying regions of both the state and the country?

Yes, the software developed by Advanced Metrics, which houses the CANS assessment and the PSC-35, can be used in different regions of the state and country. Our web-based tools are not built for one unique region or type of program; they are designed in a way that the tools and the setup can be used in a very diverse area. There are multiple ways for your program to connect your data with Advanced Metrics. For example, your organization may complete a direct data access application into our system, or the Application Program Interface (API) can be used to connect to your electronic health record or other databases to our software solution.

 

How do I get more information on how my organization can meet the mandate requirements?

We can support your program as you seek to attain compliance. We offer a wide variety of tools and solutions that can meet the diverse needs presented from your specific agency. For more information about how we can help you meet the requirements, please contact Advanced Metrics by email at info@ametrics.org or by phone at 443-708-7395.

 

Demystifying behavioral health data collection and analysis for improved behavioral health outcomes.

 

By: Nate Lubold

 

Santa Clara is a large and diverse county in California, with a wide range of behavioral health services provided by private behavioral health organizations. The county has a fantastic centralized decision support center, accompanied by an equally fantastic group of committed providers. One of their historic challenges has been the lack of data collection tools to capturing clinical data in a meaningful way to enhance real-time decision making at the client level and simultaneously build an aggregate set of data to present to local and state officials.

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