As governmental and private organizations address the growing need for mental health and substance abuse programs for a variety of populations, many struggle with the ability to demonstrate the effectiveness of new or ongoing programs. While they may be able to track the progress of an individual client and report on specific outcomes, they lack behavioral health population reporting tools allowing them to objectively demonstrate the impact of each program to their county, state or other funder.
The absence of this data makes it difficult to argue for sustained or increased program funding since the return on investment cannot be approximated and is subject to anecdotal evidence and best guesses.
The eINSIGHT behavioral health data platform empowers schools, correctional facilities, drug and mental health courts and behavioral health organizations of all sizes to roll up individual reports at the population or program level and facilitate other critical elements of the care coordination lifecycle: (1) rapidly and accurately assess clients, (2) developing targeted treatment plans, and (3) monitoring individual client response to treatment. Watch the short video below to learn how eINSIGHT empowers behavioral health administrators to demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs.
One of the big challenges organizations have from an administrator, coordinator, middle management administrator, C-level perspective is they have a responsibility to make sure that their organization is effective number 1, and improving number 2. They typically receive funding and are typically after more funding to support the work that they are doing.
It’s critical that they have some means of demonstrating the impact of the work that they’re doing. So, eINSIGHT as a platform for example has automated a lot of those outcome reports from a population health outcome analysis perspective.
The ability to look at cohorts of people that they’ve been serving, whether it’s by specific program, a cognitive behavioral therapy program for psychosis, or a family therapy program, or an individual counselling, or group counselling, whatever programs that they are offering, or services they are offering, when they’ve offered those services to people they need the ability to instantly roll up that data of people in those programs and slice and dice that information to determine what programs are the most effective for who.
So, we already have the ability to monitor each client and how they’re responding. You’ve got to aggregate that for an organization to go and create that story and say look we not only are highly effective in what we do with the funding we receive, we really would like more funding to do more of this good work. At the same time, what they’re likely to discover is that they may discover that certain programs are not that effective for certain people.
That becomes critical, a) it informs which people that they are going to put into those programs, so you get the best return in terms of improving client outcomes. But at the same time, b) they can begin to prove and know which programs are highly effective. In that absence of the ability to roll up that data in real time and use filters to slice and dice it, they’re guessing about whether something works and in this day and age, that doesn’t fly anymore. Those days are gone that we get money, we think we’re doing a good job and accountability is on the rise for sure.
Learn how eINSIGHT enables you to visually report on population health outcomes across programs, clinicians, counties and more to demonstrate program effectiveness.
Dr. Weatherbee has spent decades working in education, behavioral health, public health, and more. He has experienced the unique challenges that exist in this field from multiple disciplines. His work in program evaluation lead him to create eINSIGHT to empower behavioral health service providers to improve client outcomes.