Youth need better access to high-quality mental health care.
The need is even greater in Colorado’s rural areas, where there is only 1 mental health provider for every 2,000 residents.
In urban areas, there is 1 mental health provider for every 755 residents.
Youth who have access to culturally-competent, evidence-based care are less likely to attempt or die by suicide.
The Managing & Adapting Practice (MAP) System
Partners for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) is spearheading the implementation of the PracticeWise Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) system in Colorado. The MAP system helps improve children’s mental health services by giving clinicians easy access to the most current scientific information and providing user-friendly measurement tools and clinical protocols.
Using an online database, the system can suggest formal evidence-based programs or provide detailed recommendations about discrete components of evidence-based treatments relevant to a specific youth’s characteristics. Whether services are delivered through existing evidence-based programs or assembled from components, the MAP system also adds a unifying evaluation framework that tracks outcomes and practices on a visual dashboard.
Provider Resources & Training Opportunity
PCMH has received funding to provide free MAP Supported User training to Masters level (and above) behavioral health clinicians, with a special focus on those working in rural and frontier areas of our state.
Training participants receive:
- The investment in training and resources
- 40 hour free workshop from a MAP Training professional
- An invitation to a monthly virtual community of practice hosted by a MAP Training professional
- 2 years of access to:
- PWEBS – online, searchable database of evidence-based practices
- Practitioner Guides – Practice Guides and Process Guides – summarized guides with the most common elements of evidence-based treatments for youth
- Clinical Dashboards – Microsoft Excel based tool for tracking and visualizing individual client progress along the history of clinical practices delivered.
- Increased knowledge and capabilities to use this evidence-based practice.
MAP System Benefits
MAP training and tools equip providers with the skills and support required to respond to specific mental health needs in their community. The system is especially beneficial to early career clinicians and those in rural or frontier areas due to the demand for generalists.
MAP training enables clinicians to:
- Make informed treatment decisions and plans
- Develop measurable goals to consistently monitor patient progress throughout treatment
- Clearly communicate treatment progress with the family
- Improve the continuity of care across child-serving systems
Participating clinics can expect to see improvements through:
- Better patient outcomes
- Increased provider knowledge
- Increased provider confidence
- Increased provider satisfaction