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General News

  • In June 2015, hospitals and health homes began tracking and reporting project interventions and initial outcomes. Each participating service and setting reports separately, by completing the monthly data submission survey. Please see the Monthly Reporting Plan for detailed instructions and survey questions for each setting.
  • The monthly Data Submission Survey for the Readmissions Quality Collaborative is now open. Data is due by May 11th.
  • The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) welcomes the participation of freestanding mental health clinics, state psychiatric hospitals, and diagnostic and treatment centers in the OMH Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Initiative’s 2016 projects. For more information please contact PSYCKES Help Desk.

Clinicians

  • Scientific Summary #15. PDF Document A 2011 randomized controlled trial published in the American Journal of Psychiatry evaluated the benefits and risks of staying on antipsychotic polypharmacy ("stay") vs. switching to monotherapy ("switch"). The majority of the "switch" group was able to successfully transition to monotherapy without significant differences in symptom control compared to the "stay" group. The "switch" group also showed improved body mass index (BMI).

Consumers and Families

Quality Improvement (QI) Teams

  • The PSYCKES Chart Review Form, updated in July, is now available on the website for PSYCKES indicators. A chart review is an effective way to identify non-Medicaid enrollees whose medication regimens could benefit from a clinical review.
  • The Psychotropic Medication Reference TablePDF Document, updated in July, is now available on the website. The table is designed to provide clinical staff with specific medication related criteria for PSYCKES indicators.

Freestanding Clinics

For updates or information about any of the CQI projects, please contact PSYCKES Help.

Hospital Quality Collaborative

  • In June 2015, hospitals and health homes began tracking and reporting project interventions and initial outcomes. Each participating service and setting reports separately, by completing the monthly data submission survey. Please see the Monthly Reporting Plan for detailed instructions and survey questions for each setting.

  • The monthly Data Submission Survey for the Readmissions Quality Collaborative is now open. Data is due by May 11th.

Behavioral Health Inpatient Providers

  • The PSYCKES team has developed a series of webinars to support PSYCKES implementation in hospitals. Please see the Calendar to register.

Emergency Departments and Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Programs

  • The PSYCKES Implementation Initiative in Emergency Departments and Comprehensive Emergency Programs has concluded. Materials to support PSYCKES implementation in emergency settings are available on the PSYCKES Emergency Room Implementation Resources page.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the PSYCKES Team.