URS Technical Assistance

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Technical Assistance

Under contract with SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), NRI's State Data Infrastructure Coordinating Center offered technical assistance (TA) to assist state behavioral health authorities with the design, collection, reporting, and use of public behavioral health information systems and performance indicators.  A major goal of the TA was to assist states with the implementation of the URS, HIPAA, and DS2K+ standards. 


Previous Technical Assistance Workshops


Client-Level Data Technical Assistance Workshop: August 3, 2011

The purpose of the workshop was to review the Client-Level Data Instruction Manual for those states planning to submit Client-Level Data on December 1, 2011.  Representatives from 21 states were present at this meeting, and 40 other participants joined vial webinar. 


Data Quality and Integrity Technical Assistance Workshop: November 13-14, 2008

The Workshop focused on how to improve the quality of data submitted to the SMHA from mental health providers.  The workshop addressed a number of areas ensuring the integrity of data used for state and national reporting by addressing a number of approaches used by four different states to improve data reporting.  Presenters included state and local agency experts who have expertise with data scrubbing and edits, data site visit audits, training and collaborative work with providers on data quality, improving data quality through continuous quality improvement initiatives, and the inclusion of data quality and timeliness requirements in performance contracting. 


Consumer Survey Technical Assistance Workshop June 19 - 20, 2008
The purpose of the meeting was to convene a group of State Mental Health Agency Staff who administer the Consumer Survey which informs several of the National Outcome Measures (NOMs). The workshop provided technical assistance to help states improve their survey administration. Participants represented thirty states, the NASMHPD Research Institute, and SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services.