The Patient Characteristics Survey (PCS)
What is the PCS?
The PCS is a biennial survey of public mental health service providers that collects demographic, social, clinical, and insurance characteristics about the clients who are served during a one-week period in the survey year.
Why is the PCS so important?
The PCS is the only Office of Mental Health data source that collects this type of client-level information from all public mental health service programs. Due to an exceptional level of cooperation and participation from service providers, the PCS is a reliable and invaluable resource for helping to manage New York State's public mental health system, complying with federal reporting requirements, assisting local governments with the mental health services planning process, and informing the distribution of funding.
Preparing for the Survey
- 2017 PCS Calendar – Includes all of the important dates for 2017
- What's New for 2017 – Summarizes changes to the form and application
- 2017 Facility Survey –
- Survey Dates: April 3rd – April 28th
- Purpose: Collect information about New York’s public mental health programs to determine provider reporting eligibility for the PCS.
- Training Webinars:
The Survey Form
- 2017 Survey Form (for informational purposes only – not for data collection)
- Survey Guidelines – The survey item guidelines will be available by April 1.
The Data Entry Web Application
- Resources about using and accessing the PCS data entry web application will be available in the summer 2017.
- Mental Health Provider Data Exchange (MHPD) web page – includes the MHPD Basic User Manual and Facility Survey Manual
- Security Management System (SMS) web page – includes the SMS Reference Manual
- PCS Reports and Data Briefs web page – includes access to the PCS public web portal
Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Surveillance and Surveys Unit.