Use of Medicaid Data Sources to Identify and Manage Patients and Providers with Problematic Opioid Behavior

This report examines how 6 state Medicaid agencies have used data to develop strategies to address the opioid crisis. The report describes how states use data from medical and pharmacy claims, prescription drug monitoring projects (PDMPS), health information exchanges (HIE) and admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) databases to identify providers and patients with problematic opioid-related behaviors and what they do to address these behaviors. Case studies of initiatives in South Dakota, Minnesota and Tennessee are featured. Continue reading

The Benefits of Using GIS Technology in State Substance Use Agencies.

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc. (NASADAD) published this issue brief about how states use geographic information systems (GIS). GIS and other data visualization technologies enhance the way that state substance use agencies plan, implement, monitor, and communicate about substance use, including opioid misuse and overdose prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. Continue reading

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide

This 2018 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides guidance for collecting data to evaluate Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs for intervening in mental health and substance use disorder crises. One of the core elements of the CIT model is to use evaluation and research to sustain CIT programs. This guidance is specifically to assist CIT programs in developing their data collection and evaluation plans. Continue reading

Crisis Intervention Team Core Elements

An overview of the core elements of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model, a collaboration of law enforcement, mental health care providers, and mental health care advocates that works to improve crisis intervention services during mental health crises. Originated in Memphis, Tennessee, this document defines and describes the core elements of the CIT model which has been adopted in communities across the country and internationally. Continue reading