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New SAMHSA Mental Health Mandates

FAS Outcomes can help with many of the stipulations embedded in the new SAMHSA Block grant and System of Care grants applications, which are based on the new federal initiatives:

Use of valid and reliable measures (Section F of the Block Grant Application)
All of our measures are research-based and sensitive to change over time. (Contact information is required to access reference materials in the "research-based" link.  All other links on this page can be accessed with no contact information)

Use of Technology  for data gathering (Section D and E) 
Our technology is real-time, dashboard-driven, and provides views of data at the client-level and in aggregated format.  Instantaneously, each assessment provides meaningful data to assist in guiding case decision-making with the family, an automated assessment report, and sets up a strengths and goal-based Treatment/ Service Plan. Client dashboards showing key results also track progress toward improved clinical and functional outcome ---our “outcomes-ometer”.  Participation in Evidence-Based Treatments can also be recorded for each client.

Use of  measures for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) processes, to identify and track critical outcomes and performance measures (Section F)
“Supervisor dashboards” are the centerpiece of CQI efforts.  Program-specific data on critical risk factors and outcome indicators are presented in aggregate format, with the ability to “drill down” to the specific cases as needed.

Provide key performance indicators on a state dashboard (Section I)

Administrative reports provide key indicators. In addition, FASoutcomes can easily connect to your Electronic Health Record (EHR), enabling automated posting of key indicators. For program evaluation, all data can be downloaded into SPSS, xml, or other formats to answer specific questions.

Technology solutions used should easily connect to other EHRs via data interoperability (Section E) FASoutcomes is web-hosted (no local install), secure, complies with HIPAA standards, uses role-based authentication, and easily connects to your EHR via data interoperability (to enable easy access to FAS Outcomes from your EHR and permit integration of FAS Outcomes results into your EHR).  Many customers have chosen to integrate their systems and have increased efficiency and improved data integrity as a result of the integration.

Strategic partnership with state partners, including youth & adolescent justice systems, education, child welfare (Section N)
The JIFF Interviewer is used as a 1st Tier assessment and program evaluation measure for agencies that do not have dedicated front-line clinical staff.  The Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale - CAFAS or Preschool and Early Childhood Functional Assessment Scale - PECFAS can then be used as a 2nd Tier assessment for children and youth identified via the JIFF or other means (i. e.,   may have a serious emotional disturbance). The JIFF, which was derived from the CAFAS, is a self-administered, computerized interview that yields a Service Plan based on the youth and/or caregivers responses.  Many organizations serving youth from youth & adolescent justice, child welfare, and educational settings use it. In fact, it serves as a “common tool” for these child-serving agencies in some Systems of Care.  NO training or interviewing by a clinical professional is required. It’s efficient and gives the youth and parents a “direct voice”. The JIFF is available in English and Spanish and the reading grade level is 2nd to 3rd grade. Some agencies which offer Parent Management Training may be interested in the Caregiver Wish List (CWL).

Involvement of youth and families (Section L)
Families are involved in each assessment we offer; family-friendly reports of the results and progress toward goals are automatically generated, and all Plans can easily be done in partnership with the family.

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