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Outcome measures

Children’s Mental Health Outcome Measures Reporting System User Manual (PDF)

Outcome measures assess clinical outcomes, such as emotional and behavioral functioning, and non-clinical outcomes, such as cost effectiveness and perception of care. DHS promotes standardized diagnostic assessments and evidence-based practices to ensure accountability in the mental health system to produce the best possible results with existing resources for children and youth. Outcome measures determine success in meeting the mental health needs of children and their families.

In 2009, DHS and Minnesota Council of Health Plans recommended adopting the Child and Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument (CASII) or Early Childhood Service Intensity Instrument (ECSII) in conjunction with the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) as the statewide outcome measures for children and youth receiving public and private mental health services.

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