Performance & Quality Measures

TRansformation ACcountability (TRAC)

Westat leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) TRansformation ACcountability (TRAC) project. TRAC’s purpose is to consolidate program data to ensure consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of accountability and performance monitoring for CMHS contracts and discretionary grants.

Westat developed and operates TRAC, a centralized web-based system and repository for programmatic and Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) performance measures. TRAC provides analytic capacity for the CMHS discretionary program portfolio. The Westat team delivers training, technical assistance, and implementation support on the web-based data entry and reporting system, and develops new components of the online system. We also conduct analyses and prepare routine and special analytic reports to satisfy Federal performance reporting requirements and information requests from other Federal offices and agencies.

Mental Health-Primary Care Integration

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care will function as a coordinating center and a national resource for people committed to the availability of health care that integrates mental health and substance use treatment with primary care.

Nearly half of all Americans will experience a mental or substance use disorder sometime in their lives; most of these individuals will go to their primary care doctor for care. The Academy’s aim is to make better behavioral health care accessible in the primary care setting. The Academy will support the collection, analysis, synthesis, and dissemination of actionable information to policymakers, researchers, providers, and consumers.

Westat will support the National Integration Academy Council, which comprises leaders across disciplines who share an interest in integrated care. We will also develop a web portal to support networking, collaboration, and information dissemination for the Academy.

Data Coordinating Center, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)

Westat operated the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The DCC provided logistical, data, and analytic support to monitor CSAP program performance and conduct routine, special study, and quick-response ad hoc analyses.

The DCC analyzed core Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) program performance measures from CSAP’s program centers and other data sources. It also reported findings on program accountability and trends and directions, the sensitivity of GPRA data, a cost basis for substance abuse prevention, and the sustainability of CSAP initiatives. DCC analytic results and reports were used to monitor current prevention efforts, develop new and innovative prevention activities, provide quick-turnaround responses to congressional questions, and inform CSAP program and policy decisions.

Services Accountability Improvement System (SAIS)

The Services Accountability Improvement System (SAIS), a web-based system, consolidated Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) data collection, analysis, and reporting for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s (CSAT’s) entire discretionary program portfolio. Westat maintained and further developed the system, provided training and technical assistance to grantees, and provided data analyses and analytic products to CSAT staff and its grantees.

CSAT used SAIS to respond to ad hoc requests, promote utility of the data for programmatic decisionmaking, increase the effectiveness of CSAT outcome measures, enhance CSAT’s ability to address accountability requirements, and provide centralized and rapid information. The availability of the SAIS data improved CSAT’s responsiveness to Federal requirements and requests from Congress, and other Federal offices and agencies regarding the performance of grant portfolios.