Recent Projects at RDA

Behavioral Health Outcomes and Risk – Several projects examine the prevalence of mental illness and substance abuse, access to behavioral health services, and the impact of behavioral health treatment on outcomes for youth and adults. Outcomes examined include health and social service costs, employment, mortality, homelessness and criminal justice involvement. Pilot programs to screen individuals for substance abuse in hospital emergency rooms and physician’s offices are also evaluated. Contact:  Barbara Lucenko, 360.902.0890 or Jim Mayfield, 360.902.0764.

Child Well-Being – Risk and protective factors for children and youth enrolled in Medicaid who may have child welfare system involvement and/or behavioral health needs are identified, and family risk factors and associated outcomes are examined. Contact:  Barbara Lucenko, 360.902.0890.

Client Registry. The Client Registry is a Web-based application used by authorized DSHS workers and business partners to review high level client profiles. The purpose of this information system is to facilitate client care and case coordination across all DSHS client services. 

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Community Outcomes and Risk – School district, locale, county, and state level risk indicators are available from our Community Outcomes and Risks Evaluation Information System, which has over 20 years of data and indicators for prevention planning. Contact:  Irina Sharkova, telephone: 360.902-0743.

Criminal Justice – The relationship of health and social service needs and criminal justice involvement is examined in numerous studies. Outcomes of different court options and the risk to children whose parents are incarcerated are explored. Programs for youth receiving juvenile rehabilitation services are also evaluated.  Contact:  Jim Mayfield, 360.902.0764

Early Learning – Early learning participation and outcomes for children who receive social and health services is evaluated in context of individual and family risk factors. Contact: Barbara Lucenko, 360.902.0890.

Economic Services: TANF, Welfare and Employment – Analyses have been conducted to assist with TANF redesign efforts. Employment rates, wages, hours worked and total earnings are also tracked across selected DSHS programs. Contact:  Jim Mayfield, 360.902.0764 or Webb Sprague, 360.902.0768.

Health Care – Work in this area include ongoing development of health care quality metrics, along with studies of medical risk, disease progression, and health care costs and other outcomes. Programs are evaluated and policy alternatives are explored. Some studies are based on integrated Medicare and Medicaid data for persons “dually eligible.” The impact of federal health care reforms on state programs is a recurring theme. Contact: David Mancuso, 360.902.7557.

Homelessness and Housing – Studies examine the impact of housing assistance programs on housing stability, employment, education, criminal justice involvement, risk to children who experience homelessness and mortality. Studies are based on linkages between social and health services data and external agency data on housing assistance programs. . Contact:  Jim Mayfield, 360.902.0764

Long-term Care and Developmental Disabilities – Program outcomes and costs associated with care for the elderly and those with long-term care needs, as well as persons with developmental disabilities are explored. Transitions between different types of facilities and alternative models of institutional and residential care are evaluated, including costs and health outcomes. Contact: David Mancuso, 360.902.7557.

Maternal and Child Health projects leverage data from the First Steps Database (FSDB) to evaluate and monitor programs and services for low income and other high risk women and children in Washington State. Contact: Andy Glenn, 360.902. 7790 or Joyce Fan, 360.902.0749.

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Pathway to Employment - Hiring people with Disabilities. Washington Pathways to Employment (P2E) Project is a customer centered public use website and supporting databases to assist people with disabilities who are between the ages of 16 and 64 with access to work resources.  The website promotes greater independence, productive and fulfilling lives by enhancing the ability for consumers with disabilities, their families and assisting providers to:

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Predictive Modeling – RDA maintains the PRISM web application which features state-of-the-art predictive modeling tools and health service data integration to support care management for high-risk Medicaid clients. PRISM currently supports more than 1,300 authorized users, including those with Medicaid health plans, health home leads and care coordination organizations, Behavioral Health Organizations, Area Agencies on Aging, Home and Community Services, Department of Health Children with Special Health Care Needs, Developmental Disabilities Administration Medically Intensive Children and HCA and DSHS staff performing care management or program management functions. Contact:  David Mancuso, telephone: (360) 902-7557.

Temporary Assist Needy Families (TANF). This project developed the capability for DSHS to report data to the Federal government (The Administration for Families and Children) as required by the welfare reform legislation which passed congress in 1996.

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TAKE CHARGE. This project will test the effectiveness of intensive follow-up services, in combination with client-centered practice by providers, on the successful use of contraceptive methods by clients. Contact: Andy Glenn 360.902. 7790 or Joyce Fan, 360.902.0749.

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Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) requires each state to provide the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with person-based eligibility and claims records for Medicare and CHIP. In collaboration with Health Care Authority, RDA prepares the DSHS claim files on behalf of Mental Health, Children’s, Aging, and Developmental Disabilities programs for services paid outside of ProviderOne. Contact: Maija Sandberg, telephone 360.902-0749 or Christi Johnson, telephone 360.902-0762.