This report, Performance Improvement 2011-2012, the 17th in this series, summarizes the key findings from studies completed during the two fiscal-year period ending September 30, 2011.
Report Citations The studies are listed below in order of their Policy Information Center identification (PIC ID) number. The studies have been conducted by or funded through the Department of Health and Human Services by the specific agency or office sponsor. Reports may be obtained at the URL hotlinks provided, or from the Fed
At the beginning of the SAMHSA's third phase of an evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program 2,333 children had enrolled in systems of care. With respect to diagnostic status, 31.8 percent of children were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, 29.4 percent with m
A national longitudinal study by Research Triangle Institute sought to understand how young adults who had been involved in the child welfare system fared compared to others. While these young adults appeared similar to their peers across the United States in several ways (for example percent reporting good physical health, employment, contact
An evaluation examined a one-year old telephonic care management program in Rhode Island that tried to encourage depressed parents receiving Medicaid to seek mental health services. The program is one of four strategies being studied in the Enhanced Services for the Hard-to-Employ Demonstration and Evaluation Project (HtE). The HtE project is
Researchers examined the literature on the extent to which psychiatric patients are boarded in emergency departments. Although there is no standard definition of psychiatric boarding, the existing literature indicates that it can lead to serious consequences, for boarded patients, emergency department staff and other patients in the emergency d
The annual Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health for 2008 provided estimates of the national rates of use, numbers of users and persons meeting criteria for substance use and disorders. The study presented results for measures of mental health problems, including serious mental
The Public Health Service Act, Section 241 set-aside authority was originally established in 1970, when the Congress amended the Act to permit the HHS Secretary to use up to 1 percent of appropriated funds to evaluate authorized programs. Section 241 limited the base from which funds could be reserved for evaluations to programs authorized by t
This report, Performance Improvement 2010, the 16th annual report in this series, describes the findings from 113 studies completed during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. The study summaries and the publicly available database from which they are drawn are to be found at http://aspe.hhs.gov/pic/performance.
This report was prepared by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Andy Rock authored/edited it; he may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Readers should direct technical questions about specific studies and requests for reports not available on the web to the Federal Contact listed for the study. Policy Information Ce
Acronyms and Glossary 1915(c) waivers refers to section 1915(c) of the Medicaid program allowing the Secretary of HHS to waive certain program requirements in the law. Waivers permit States greater flexibility to target program eligibility and provide home and community based services for the disabled and/or elderly population
Agency Mission and Evaluation Program Statements This appendix describes the mission and evaluation program for each agency and office in the Department of Health and Human Services that conducts evaluations. For those that have a dedicated evaluation web site, this is provided below. These resources supplement what is available
Performance Improvement 2009. Appendix A - Federal Domestic Assistance Programs of the Department of Health and Human Services
Federal Domestic Assistance Programs of the Department of Health and Human Services 
This evaluation examined the context in which the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program operated, the processes established to implement the program at the state and federal levels, activities and tasks undertaken as part of the program, and the process and outcomes achieved. The PAIMI program seeks to extend
This study assessed the placement, care, and release of unaccompanied alien children. Most were placed and released in accordance with the Flores Agreement, with 84 percent of children admitted to a detention facility within 3 days of apprehension. The Flores Agreement named after a child that became the center of a series of exchanges both i
Performance Improvement 2009. For Adults with Serious Mental Illness, Which States Have Developed Self-Directed Care Programs; With What Impact; and What Barriers Prevent Their Extension?
This study compiled descriptions and impacts of self-directed care programs for adults with serious mental illness. Self-directed care gives consumers greater control over the services they receive to meet their mental health needs. It provides a more consumer- and family-driven mental health system.
This study addressed various questions: what are issues/problems in legislation implementing parity (equivalence between mental health benefits and general health care benefits in health insurance plans); how have costs and use changed as a result of parity; and what are consumer, employer, insurer, and provider opinions about the effects of the
Performance Improvement 2008. Appendix F - optional evaluation form users of this report are invited to fill out and return.
Readers’ Evaluation Performance Improvement 2008 Report User Comments No report on evaluation would be complete without inclusion of an opportunity for user evaluation and feedback. Since this annual mandatory report to Congress is an evolving product, we welcome your comments, suggestions, and requests for ways to improve it in the future
Performance Improvement 2008. Appendix D - glossary of evaluation terms, terms-of-art used by some offices or agencies, and acronyms for the organizational units of HHS.
The glossary, new with this 2008 issue of the report, provides some assistance to readers who may be unfamiliar with the terms and acronyms found in the report. 1915(c) waivers – refers to section 1915(c) of the Medicaid program allowing the Secretary of HHS to waive certain program requirements in the law. Waivers permit States greater flexib