Data Matters Newsletter
“Data Matters” is a newsletter disseminated by the CSMH in an effort to advance both research and practice in the area of school mental health quality. We welcome input regarding additional content that would be useful as we pursue the objective of enhancing the use of data to improve school mental health quality. In addition, if you are interested in contributing to “Data Matters” content (e.g., as a “real world” setting or topical discussion), please contact Dr. Jill Bohnenkamp.
The first issue (released July 18, 2011) provides a discussion of accountability and quality in school mental health, the growing demand on school mental health programs to use outcome data, and deciding on outcome measures. The Minneapolis Expanded School Mental Health Program is highlighted in the “Community Spotlight” section, authored by Dr. Mark Sander, Senior Clinical Psychologist for Hennepin County and Mental Health Coordinator of the Minneapolis Public Schools. In addition, the issue references a list of free assessment measures compiled by the CSMH, as well as a description for the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Lastly, the issue includes a few citations and abstracts of recent literature on school mental health evaluation and outcomes assessment.
The second issue of Data Matters (released December 14, 2011) reviews literature documenting the value of using measures that are briefer than traditional measures of children’s mental health outcomes. We also highlight a few brief outcome measures that are psychometrically sound and feasible within the context of providing mental health services in schools. Next, we address the importance of measuring academic outcomes when considering the impact of school mental health services. Drs. Kern and Walker of the University of Washington co-authored our Community Spotlight section, discussing the relationship between the use of school-based health centers and academic outcomes. Lastly, the issue includes a few citations and abstracts of recent literature on school mental health evaluation and outcomes assessment.