Outcomes: Public Health’s Lighthouse

October 16th, 2012 by Will Humble Leave a reply »

One of our primary objectives over the last couple of years has been to shift the focus of our performance measures away from process and procedures toward actual outcomes.  In other words, we don’t want to measure our success on whether someone’s paperwork is right, but on whether the services we provide actually help folks achieve their recovery goals.  That’s why it’s so exciting to see the system continue to develop easy-to-use behavioral health outcomes dashboards as a new performance tool and to inform consumer choice. 

Outcome Dashboards are like a scorecard- allowing folks to easily review performance and outcomes information (employment, housing, staying out of crisis centers, abstaining from substance abuse, avoiding arrests, etc.) at the at the tip of a finger by region of the state.  Links are also included so the user can then visit dashboards developed by each Regional Behavioral Health Authority, where provider-level performance can be reviewed. 

Our updated Behavioral Health System Performance Framework and Dashboard provides an easy to read outcomes summary including dials for Quality of Life, Access to Services, Service Delivery, and Coordination/Collaboration metrics.  Each category includes demographic data provided by clients, audits of client records, analysis of claims and survey data reported by the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities.

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