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Harmonizing databases? Developing a quasi-experimental design to evaluate a public mental health re-entry program
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Stephanie W. Hartwell, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Xiaogang Deng, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • William H. Fisher, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Carl E. Fulwiler, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Usha Sambamoorthi, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Craig Johnson, Massachusetts Department of PublicHealth
  • Debra A. Pinals, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lisa Sampson, Massachusetts Department of Correction
  • Julianne Siegfriedt, University of Massachusetts Boston
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
11-1-2012
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Databases, Factual; State Government; Massachusetts; Mental Health Services
Abstract
Our study is the first-ever initiative to merge administrative databases in Massachusetts to evaluate an important public mental health program. It examines post-incarceration outcomes of adults with serious mental illness (SMI) enrolled in the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) Forensic Transition Team (FTT) program. The program began in 1998 with the goal of transitioning offenders with SMI released from state and local correctional facilities utilizing a core set of transition activities. In this study we evaluate the program's effectiveness using merged administrative data from various state agencies for the years 2007-2011, comparing FTT clients to released prisoners who, despite having serious mental health disorders, did not meet the criterion for DMH services. By systematically describing our original study design and the barriers we encountered, this report will inform future efforts to evaluate public programs using merged administrative databases and electronic health records.
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Citation: Eval Program Plann. 2012 Nov;35(4):461-72. Epub 2012 Mar 3. Link to article on publisher's site

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Stephanie W. Hartwell, Xiaogang Deng, William H. Fisher, Carl E. Fulwiler, et al.. "Harmonizing databases? Developing a quasi-experimental design to evaluate a public mental health re-entry program" Vol. 35 Iss. 4 (2012) ISSN: 0149-7189 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/carl_fulwiler/30/