SAMHSA’s Outcomes Research

SAMHSA supports health systems research and evaluation efforts that improve the quality of services and outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.

Community Early Warning & Monitoring System (C-EMS)

SAMHSA is lending support to a community early warning and monitoring system pilot that aims to improve data access and program development at the local level. C-EMS is under development to provide communities with tools to access relevant data so they can monitor local behavioral health and inform program and policy development. C-EMS will merge technology and sound analytic methods so that communities can:

  • Generate community-based, behavioral-health profiles that use dashboards, mapping, and other reporting mechanisms
  • Have a Web-based application that will use a targeted set of behavioral health indicators

Community Behavioral Health Data Initiative (CDI)

Much of SAMHSA’s data-collecting efforts are captured and reported at the national or state level. However, data collected at the community level serves an important role in identifying current and emerging problems and highlighting opportunities for progress that may vary from larger regions. Importantly, when communities have access to surveillance data over time, prevention can happen.

Under the new CDI structure, SAMHSA will more closely coordinate C-EMS, SAMHSA’s Emergency Department Surveillance System (SEDSS) (formerly the Drug Abuse Warning Network, or DAWN), and other data collection efforts. This initiative is intended to create new opportunities for cross-agency and public-private partnerships to address critical public health questions and more effectively utilize existing or declining resources. Data from this coordinated initiative will allow communities to identify service and program needs specific to the community. Moreover, these data will allow those evaluating the effectiveness of community services and policies to measure the impact and outcomes of those interventions.

SAMHSA’s Outcomes Research Partners

SAMHSA works with a number of groups that generate patient-centered data to improve health outcomes in America:

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) helps people make informed health care decisions, and improves health care delivery and outcomes, by producing and promoting high integrity, evidence-based information that comes from research guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader health care community.

The Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative is a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans. The initiative is led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Last Updated: 10/14/2014