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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

The 2015 Patient Characteristics Survey (PCS)

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The PCS is the only OMH data source that contains client-level demographic, social, clinical, and insurance characteristic across all public mental health service programs. Due to an exceptional level of cooperation and participation from service providers, the PCS has proved to be a reliable resource for helping to manage New York State's public mental health system, complying with federal reporting requirements, and assisting local governments with the mental health services planning process.

This page provides a reference for the training sessions and manuals used during data collection.  Data collection for the 2015 Survey starts in the spring with the Facility Survey and is completed in the fall when all public mental health service agencies describe persons they served during the week of October 19 through October 25 using the PCS web-based application. Most facilities manually enter data into the application's forms, while some facilities elect to extract data from their electronic information systems and upload it to the application. 

  1. PCS Calendar – Important Dates PDF Document
  2. Preparing for and Getting Access to the PCS PDF Document
  3. 2013* PCS Application (User Identification and Password Required)
  4. Survey Form PDF Document (for informational purposes only)
  5. Using the 2013 PCS application:PDF Document User Manual
  6. Guidelines PDF Document
  7. What's New for 2015 PDF Document
  8. Using the Data Upload Feature PDF Document
  9. Frequently Asked Questions PDF Document
  10. PCS 2015* Webinar Training [ Presentation Slides ] PDF Document
  11. Reports and Data Briefs

* The 2015 PCS Application, 2015 User Manual and Training materials will be available when the Practice Platform goes live in September.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Bureau of Data Infrastructure.