Consultation & Technical Assistance

We craft successful policies in partnership with public agencies and insurers to improve care and associated outcomes for people living with or at-risk for mental health issues.

Our services include:

  • Designing, implementing and managing evaluation protocols for local, state, federal and international programs.
  • Needs assessment design and survey design and implementation.
  • Building program capacity in mental health systems.
  • Meta-evaluations.
  • Consultation in identifying evaluation needs and designing evaluation components for service systems.
  • Consultation in the development of older adult behavioral health programs.
  • Helping you to integrate your state’s administrative data to monitor individual utilization patterns.
  • Developing tools to measure the extent of “community integration” in your behavioral health system.

Evaluation Center at CBH and DBHIDS

CMH collaborates closely with Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and Community Behavioral Health (CBH) to develop and evaluate policies and programs to improve mental health services for our most vulnerable citizens. Our team provides evidence from the research literature on best practices and conducts rigorous quantitative & qualitative analysis to evaluate current programs. We present results in easily digestible and actionable formats for policy makers and agency leaders.

Philadelphia Autism Instructional Methods & Supports (Philly AIMS)

Philly AIMS comprises a team of researchers and clinicians dedicated to improving the quality of education and behavioral health services for children with autism by moving research into practice. Our in-house experts provide hands-on consultation using evidence based practices and support to position educators, clinicians and caregivers to best meet the needs of children with autism.

Clinical Director: Julie Worley
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Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist; COAPS Institute@Penn

The Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist (COAPS) program was created to meet the complex co-morbidity challenges of older adults while maintaining independence in the community. COAPS is a multi-state program that trains older adults in behavioral health recovery to provide behavioral recovery services and wellness coaching to older adults in community and residential settings. Over 500 COAPS have been trained and certified in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. COAPS is a collaboration between Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, the PA Department of Aging, and the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Director: Cynthia Zubritsky, PhD
Funder: CMS

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Healthy and Home: System of Care Expansion

With a strong focus on community-based care, collaboration across child-serving systems, and evidence-based practices, the Philadelphia System of Care Healthy and Home project aims to create a supportive and sustainable environment for children and youth with Serious Emotional Disorders. By addressing critical needs and implementing comprehensive solutions, this project strives to improve the overall well-being and outcomes for young Philadelphians and their families. Our evaluation team, led by Dr. Molly Candon, collects survey data and provides reports on performance measures, including progress in reducing disparities, service utilization, psychosocial support, and workforce development initiatives. Data collected is used to manage grant activities and drive the quality improvement process, ensuring that the services effectively meet the needs of the youth and families.