Output to Outcomes Project
CTAC’s Output to Outcomes project will help mental health agencies throughout New York State integrate outcome measures into their clinical treatment. The use of outcome measures will help inform treatment decisions, track goals and monitor client outcomes over time, which will be vital as changes to New York State Medicaid regulations will require providers to show improvements in client outcomes in order to get reimbursed for providing treatment services. This project includes the development of an outcome assessment database and a data collection tool.
CTAC is a robust partnership between the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, the IDEAS Center at NYU School of Medicine, Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI), the Institute for Community Living, Inc. (ICL), Families Together (FT), the Urban Institute for Behavioral Health (UIBH), the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), and the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASAColumbia).
Co-directed by Drs. Kimberly Hoagwood, Mary McKay, and Andrew Cleek, CTAC was founded in 2011 as the Children's Technical Assistance Center and expanded in 2012 to offer technical assistance to all Article 31 mental health clinics in New York State. Since its inception, CTAC has hosted over 215 in-person and online events, and 69% of all child and adult serving mental health clinics have participated in at least one CTAC offering.
CTAC has provided a variety of training, consultation, and educational resources free-of-charge to Article 31 mental health clinics with the goal of improving outcomes for families, adults, and children. Recently, CTAC expanded and rebranded as the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York to provide resources around the transition to Managed Care for New York State mental health clinics as well as substance use providers.