This section includes unique reports on special topics, ranging from an analysis of clinical need in Intensive Care Coordination as documented in CANS assessments to an evaluation of how Outpatient Hub Services comply with CBHI goals.

Clinical Topic Reviews 

Behavioral Health Screening Among MassHealth Children and Adolescents

Results from the 2013 evaluation suggest that the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative had a large impact on formal BH screening and treatment utilization among children and adolescents enrolled in MassHealth.

Behavioral Health Screening for Children with Well Visits

The first Clinical Topic Review was conducted in order to better understand how behavioral health screenings were occurring for children and adolescents during well visits prior to the implementation of a requirement that primary care providers perform behavioral health screening using a standardized behavioral health screening tool during every well child visit.

Outpatient Hub Services Evaluation: Executive Summary and Recommendations

The CBHI Outpatient Hub Services Evaluation was designed to examine how well OP is operating as a ‘hub service’ in coordinating care and facilitating access to other medically necessary behavioral health services.

CANS Analysis

A two-part report on changes observed in CANS scores during the course of service of youth involved with ICC or with IHT.

This report presents an analysis of completed CANS assessments entered between June 2009 and July 2010 for children and youth receiving Intensive Care Coordination. The analysis is an initial look at the level of clinical need in youth served in ICC, as documented in initial CANS assessments.

Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) Survey

In an effort to better understand how Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) is working for children, youth and families, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) conducted a survey of parents and caregivers of children who have received ICC or “wrap-around” services. Four hundred families from across the state were randomly selected and invited to participate, with the online survey available from November 26, 2012 to December 15, 2012.

TeenScreen Report

The National Center for Mental Health Checkups at Columbia University, a national policy and resource center devoted to increasing youth access to regular mental health checkups wrote this case study on the standardized behavioral health screening requirement in Massachusetts.

This information is provided by MassHealth.