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What is PSYCKES?

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) worked with providers, consumers, and families to develop a computer program called PSYCKESPSYCKES is a tool that helps clinics and doctors provide high-quality care for recipients of mental health services in New York State.  It uses Medicaid data to provide information on past treatments. PSYCKES reports help doctors do treatment reviews and coordinate services.

PSYCKES protects confidential information and makes sure that only people with a right to see the information have access to it. At this time, many mental health clinics in New York State are using PSYCKES to help improve care.  If you are interested in how PSYCKES can help you and your doctor, talk to your provider. 

MyPSYCKES

MyPSYCKES is a computer program developed by OMH that helps consumers:

  • See treatment information.
  • Track progress towards recovery goals.
  • Have access to videos, worksheets, and tools to support recovery.
  • Make it easier to talk with the doctor about medication and recovery.

Find out more about MyPSYCKES.

Improving the Quality of Medication Treatments

OMH talked to national experts including researchers, consumers and family members. They identified several areas that could make a real difference in improving medication treatments. Clinics around the state are using PSYCKES to support quality improvement projects in the following areas:

  • Cardiometabolic Risk
    Cardiometabolic risk means your chances of having diabetes, heart disease or stroke. Certain mental health medicines can make health problems worse in people who already have high cardiometabolic risk.  Knowing how to decrease your risk can help you live a longer, healthier life.  Find out more about cardiometabolic risk and mental health medications.
  • Psychotropic Polypharmacy
    Psychotropic polypharmacy means taking more than one mental health medication at the same time. Psychotropic polypharmacy can help some people feel better.  But it can also cause more side effects.  Psychotropic polypharmacy can also make it hard to remember to take your medications like your doctor prescribed. Find out more about psychotropic polypharmacy.
  • Youth
    Mental health medications can help children and teens with mental health problems feel better and do better at home and school. Children and teens are even more likely to have side effects from medications than adults. Trouble with weight gain, blood sugar and cholesterol can start early. Some mental health medications have been shown to increase the risk of suicide in children and teens. Find out more about youth and mental health medications.
  • High Dosage Mental Health Medications
    High Dose generally means a dose that is more than the highest dose recommended by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). A high dose does not always mean better treatment. One person might feel better on a high dose. Another person may not feel better, and could feel worse. Finding the right dose can help you get the most from your mental health medication, and avoid troublesome and serious side effects. Find out more about high dose mental health medications.

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