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24-Hour Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team Reduces Hospitalization for Children with Complex Behavioral and Emotional Needs 4/9/2014
A rapid response team defuses crisis situations for children with complex behavioral needs.
Advanced Practice Nurse-Mental Health Provider Partnership Enhances Access and Improves Health Outcomes for Those With Severe Mental Illness 4/9/2014
Advanced practice nurses provide primary, preventive, and mental health care to individuals with severe mental illness, leading to improvements in health outcomes.
Health Plan and Psychiatric Hospitals Reduce Readmissions by Reviewing Data and Developing Strategies to Improve Postdischarge Care 4/9/2014
A partnership between a health plan and psychiatric hospitals focuses on sharing of quarterly data, case reviews, and deployment of specific strategies to improve postdischarge care, leading to significant reductions in readmissions, inpatient days, and costs.
Mental Health Clinic Proactively Identifies and Treats Those at High Risk of Schizophrenia, Leading to Anecdotal Reports of Improved Outcomes 4/9/2014
A research clinic proactively identifies those with early warning signs of schizophrenia, leading to more effective treatment.
Policy Self-Directed Budget for Health and Other Services Enhances Ability of Those with Mental Illness to Function and Live Independently 4/9/2014
A state-funded program gives individuals with mental illness a quarterly allowance for mental health and wellness services that can be spent at their own discretion, allowing them to spend more time living in the community and to function more effectively.
QualityTools
Risk Management and Quality in Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS): Individual Risk Planning and Prevention, System-wide Quality Improvement 4/9/2014
This report explores the topic of effective individual risk management in community-based services among States engaged in risk planning for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) waiver participants.
Improving Antipsychotic Appropriateness in Dementia Patients (IA-ADAPT) 2/26/2014
This Web site includes information and resources to help clinicians, providers, and consumers better understand how to manage problem behaviors and psychosis in people with dementia using evidence-based approaches.
Getting Started. . .and Moving On. . . Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Families, Implications for Systems of Care 12/18/2013
This four-page checklist is part of a series to assist organizations and systems of care in developing policies, structures, and practices that support cultural and linguistic competence. It focuses on delivery of services and supports to children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders and to their families.
Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices 12/4/2013
This report provides information and tools to help improve rural behavioral health programs. 
Telemental Health Guide 12/4/2013
The Telemental Health Guide provides essential information for developing, implementing, and sustaining a telemental health program to improve access to mental health services.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.