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Using Data for Planning and Tracking Progress

Before developing integrated approaches to address behavioral health and substance abuse, partners involved in the initiative took the time to measure local systems' capacity to deliver services and gain an accurate picture of the needs of their community. These initial "community capacity assessments" varied in scope and methods. A small group of partners then worked together (across counties) to identify a core set of metrics and compile them into a "behavioral health dashboard,” which could serve as a shared, transparent, and actionable tool for communities to monitor the ongoing performance of their behavioral healthcare systems, patient outcomes, and advances in health equity.


Learning how to collectively use population health data requires commitment and contributions from all partners, but ultimately allows for the development of more effective interventions and more efficient use of local resources to improve the way that we deliver care to behavioral health and substance abuse patients within our communities.

Partners leading this work across California include:


Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County, Inc.

Public Health Enterprises, Inc. (Los Angeles County)

Merced County Department of Public Health

Redwood Community Health Coalition

Transitions Mental Health Association


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