Opeeka Launches Person-Centered Intelligence Solution to Enable Coordinated Care Across a System of Care

Opeeka Launches Person-Centered Intelligence Solution to Enable Coordinated Care Across a System of Care

Mental health technology startup Opeeka announced this week the release of their Person-Centered Intelligence Solution (P-CIS) to help remove technology barriers from the system of care to support collaboration and coordination of care for multi-system served children/youth and families. Opeeka’s P-CIS is a HIPAA compliant, multi-agency solution that allows care agencies to coordinate outcomes over […]

Utilizing AI for Decision Support Rather than Determination

tilizing AI for Decision Support Rather than Determination

Utilizing AI for decision support rather than determination – opening the black box, learning from our past and reducing bias This weekend I watched the Netflix documentary “Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” which inspired the following submission for presentation at 2020 American Public Health Association. I believe that we can do better. I don’t agree that […]

AI vs. the Scientific Method

AI vs. the Scientific Method

Is AI at odds with the scientific method? I listened to a Podcast interviewing a CEO of an AI company the other day, and (leaving out identification) he said that “AI is the scientific method turned inside out…the scientific method….has been used to build literally everything in our lives – literally everything – nothing in our lives was built with a statistical model – not one thing – not one thing…” In other words, I heard that he was suggesting that AI is at odds with the scientific method.

Mental Health in Terms of Strengths, Needs and Adverse Events

Mental Health in Terms of Strengths, Needs and Adverse Events

What if we considered mental health primarily in terms of strengths, needs and adverse events and considered diagnosis as a secondary indicator? I have been a consultant for Medicaid mental health systems for almost a decade, and one thing I can see from this experience is that primary diagnosis is fluid. It could be that misdiagnosis is prevalent.

Leaving Data on the Battlefield

Leaving Data on the Battlefield

Every data point is sacred. Every data point is great. If a data point gets wasted, decisions deteriorate! My team works to evaluate whether mental health programs make an impact on people’s lives. I lead a team of data sheros, and one thing I drill into my gals is that no soldier should ever be […]

Identifying Who is Thriving in Your Mental Health Program

Identifying Who is Thriving in Your Mental Health Program

When helping to evaluate mental health and behavioral health programs, my theory is that all programs have a mixture of participants who are thriving, striving and sliding (out the door) in the program. When developing program metrics, most start with metrics of ‘how many participants did we serve’, ‘who did we serve demographically’ and ‘how long did we serve participants’ – […]

How do you measure improvements in well-being for mental health care?

How do you measure improvements in well-being for mental health care?

As a consultant helping to evaluate mental health care programs, I am often challenged to assist providers in developing a definition of success for their program. Harder still is for a provider to identify a definition of success for a participant of their program. And the most challenging is often defining indicators of participant improvement toward success.

Logic Models: Their Significance in the Behavioral Health Field

Logic Models: Their Significance in the Behavioral Health Field

What Is A Logic Model?Logic Models are very useful tools used as a visualization models by programs, companies, or service managers to outline business or service objectives. These models seek to visually organize targets and goals to better communicate to the workforce or public. Mental and behavioral health fields and services can benefit by utilizing […]