Bureau of Quality & Integration

Evaluation: Research, Evaluation and Dissemination

The Research, Evaluation and Dissemination Unit within the Bureau of Quality & Integration advances embedding data and statistics into the Division's critical function of assessing the attainment of its goals and objectives. This new unit provides technical support to planners, policy makers, and program administrators by equipping them with a better understanding of the complex interaction of the demand for and supply of behavioral health services under the rubrics of a managed care system. Toward this end, the unit will carry out the following functions:

  1. Dissemination of information about statewide and nationwide programmatic research/evaluation findings, best practices, survey research, and performance measures;
  2. Development of benchmark measures;
  3. Development of epidemiological models with predictive demographic capability that may be useful in establishing capitation rates as well as in planning for strategies responsive to changes in the demand for behavioral health services;
  4. Provision of technical assistance to staff on research, clinical, and programmatic evaluation tools and analytical methodologies; and
  5. Generation of focus studies that will stimulate staff discussion on particular issues.