Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland Transforming mental health care with the implementation of a care solution based on green space health measurement
CATONSVILLE, Maryland – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland (CBH) today announced the successful completion of its one-year pilot project to implement measurement-based care (“MBC”) under ‘a coordinated effort among its member organizations. This project is now being expanded in Year 2 and is partnering with Greenspace Mental Health, a leading provider of digital solutions that facilitate MBC in behavioral health, mental health and addiction treatment settings in America. North. To learn more about CBH Maryland’s coordinated MBC implementation, please watch this video at Greenspaceheatlth.com.
The first year of implementing MBC and the Greenspace Mental Health solution consisted of 16 organizations across Maryland, including 690 clinicians and more than 10,000 clients. The pilot demonstrated strong clinical adoption, positive client engagement and significant impact on the therapeutic relationship; with an assessment completed by clients above 78% and an average therapeutic alliance score of 82% (indicating the strength of the alliance between client and therapist).
The expansion of this project over the next year will revolve around two axes. First, CBH will analyze and leverage the captured clinical outcome data to help members make program decisions and improve quality. Second, the coordinated implementation of the MBC will be extended to include additional treatment organizations and clinicians.
Research has demonstrated the efficacy and significant clinical impact of MBC, but in translating MBC into practice, treatment organizations have faced several hurdles. These barriers include client buy-in, data analysis resources, and the administrative effort required to effectively implement MBC (whether using pen and paper or an electronic health record). The 16 participating organizations are leveraging innovative technology to overcome these challenges and reap the following benefits from MBC:
- Improving the quality of client care
- Increased client engagement with care
- Improved client-clinician communication and therapeutic alliance
- Access to real-time, objective and client-reported data on treatment progress – inform program management, supervision and early identification of off-piste cases.
- Visibility for organizations on their clinical results
âThis has been an important and very successful endeavor that has enabled us to achieve our goal of improving care across Maryland, advocating for the funding needed to care for those in need of mental health support from quality in our state and also to show that a coordinated implementation of the MBC in Maryland and any state is possible and will improve the quality of care in all mental health services â, noted Shannon Hall, Executive Director, CBH Maryland.
âThe initial data we’re seeing shows improved client engagement results and provides additional insight into potential improvements in care so that those seeking mental health support receive the high-quality care they deserve. which is our ultimate goal. “
âDespite all the benefits of measurement-based care, it has not been widely adopted in the areas of behavioral health and substance use. ” noted Simon Weisz, President, Greenspace Mental Health, “The Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland is leading an impressive initiative bringing together 16 organizations across Maryland to improve mental health care in the state; and show the industry as a whole the effect coordinated data collection and its active use can have on everyone seeking behavioral health services.
For more information, please visit greenspacehealth.com.
ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH OF GREEN SPACES
Greenspace is transforming mental health systems by improving the way mental health care is accessed, measured and delivered. Its measurement-based care platform enables mental health providers and organizations to implement consistent, evidence-based measures in their practice. This model has a significant impact on patient outcomes; while generating valuable data for organizations to improve care. For more information, please visit www.greenspacehealth.com.
The Maryland Community Behavioral Health Association (CBH) is the professional association of public providers of community behavioral health in Maryland – including mental health and addiction treatment services. Their 90 members support CBH’s vision of a high quality public behavioral health system for individuals and families in Maryland. For more information, please visit http://www.mdcbh.org.