Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment
Substance Abuse Treatment
NUMBER OF UNIQUE SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT CLIENTS HAS REMAINED STEADY IN RECENT MONTHS
Mental Health Treatment
This measure provides the unique number of mental health clients in treatment through DPH’s mental health treatment programs managed by CBHS. In this context, “unique” means that clients are being counted only once during the month, regardless of how many services they received. This includes all modes of treatment for mental health disorders, with the top three diagnosis categories being mood disorders, schizophrenia/psychotic disorder, and anxiety disorder.
CBHS operates under an Open Access policy and attempts to serve every client that seeks treatment. CBHS does not employ any specific targets regarding the number of clients served for both mental health and substance abuse treatment. Under the Affordable Care Act, CBHS expects to see a steady increase in clients due to expanded Medi-Cal enrollment.
The unique substance abuse client count and unique mental health count are retrieved from the billing and clinical information system called Avatar. Avatar is refreshed on a nightly or weekly basis. However, it is necessary to wait at least three months after initial data capture before considering the data complete.
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