MH-CLDMental Health Client-Level Data
The data are from the Mental Health Client-Level Data (MH-CLD) and Mental Health Treatment Episode Data Set (MH-TEDS) for individuals receiving mental health treatment services provided or funded through the State Mental Health Agency (SMHA); thus, the data do not include all individuals receiving mental health treatment services. The data provide information on mental health diagnoses, mental health treatment services, outcomes, and demographic and substance use characteristics of individuals in mental health treatment facilities that report to individual State administrative data systems. Both the MH-TEDS and MH-CLD include individuals served through the SMHA during the State-defined 12-month reporting period.
Unlike MH-CLD, MH-TEDS is focused on treatment events, such as admissions and discharges from service centers. Admission and discharge records can be linked to track treatment episodes and the treatment services received by individuals. Thus, with MH-TEDS, both the individual client and the treatment episode can serve as a unit of analysis; whereas, with MH-CLD, the client is the sole unit of analysis. MH-TEDS enhances the ability to report data on people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. MH-TEDS also offers optional data fields for individuals with mental illness that are not captured in MH-CLD, such as referral source, details on criminal justice referral, income sources, and health insurance.
The same set of mental health National Outcome Measures enumerated under MH-CLD is also supported by MH-TEDS. Thus, while both MH-TEDS and MH-CLD collect similar client-level data, the collection method differs.
The general MH-CLD framework was applied to the MH-TEDS data set. A file was developed by transposing the admission and discharge MH-TEDS records into a client-level file. The process of creating an individual record using the MH-TEDS data allowed for combined reporting of the individuals reported in the MH-TEDS and MH-CLD data sets. The data derive from a reconciliation of the two reporting methods, using the individual as the unit of analysis.