This figure includes only the diagnoses of PFE-eligible children;
diagnoses with small incidences were suppressed. “During PFE” also
includes past diagnoses.
The PFE model is reducing the need for expensive, high-end behavioral
health services by establishing a relationship with a clinician early on
in the process and proactively addressing the youth’s trauma, rather
than waiting for externalizing behaviors to develop. The result is that
children can remain in the community instead of needing higher levels of
care. Initial data suggest that more children are being assessed and
receiving outpatient therapy (see Figure 2), and fewer children are
requiring higher-level services. After the first 10 months, fifty
percent of youth had received mental health assessments as compared to
35% for the 2 years prior to PFE.
This figure includes only some of the service types for PFE-eligible
children; service types with small incidences were suppressed.
Under PFE, more children get properly
diagnosed, with a focus on trauma instead of just on behaviors, and they
get appropriate services right away. Clear diagnosis and quick
treatment means children need less intensive levels of treatment (see
figure 3), which saves money. Most importantly, children and families
get better, sooner.
PFE Receives Much Deserved Recognition
The National Association of Counties. National Association of Counties
(NACo) granted Rowan County and Benchmarks the 2016 Achievement Award
for its program titled "Partnering for Excellence" in the category of
Children and Youth.
Institute for Medicaid Innovations. Benchmarks'
Partnering for Excellence Project was submitted by Cardinal Innovations
for submission into the Institute for Medicaid Innovation's Medicaid
Managed Care Best Practices Compendium under the category of Children's
Health for submission into the Institute for Medicaid Innovation's Medicaid Managed Care Best Practices Compendium.
Not only did our Partnering for Excellence Project win The Most Innovative Children's Health Best Practice Award, it was also received the overall award for The Most Innovative Best Practice among all of the categories.
Practice Notes. Partnering for Excellence (PFE) was published in the most recent issue of Children's Services Practice Notes.
Practice Notes is sponsored by the NC Division of Social Services and
produced by the Family and Children's Resource Program, part of the
Jordan Institute for Families at the UNC School of Social Work. View
Spreading the News
The MHS conference. Jenny Cooper, Benchmarks' Partnering for Excellence Project Director submitted a paper "Partnering for Excellence - Using Collaboration to Improve Outcomes and Decrease Trauma" and was selected to present the content at speaker at The MHS conference in Auckland, New Zealand.
Benchmarks’ Partnering for Excellence Conference.
celebrated the success of its first two day conference event which
included a free showing of Paper Tigers, a presentation of preliminary
outcomes, presentations from trauma survivors, and panel discussions for
DSS staff, MCO staff, and private providers. Presentations included
key-note speaker Christine Cissy White, founder of Heal Write Now: Creating Hope, Health & Happiness
. Read Cissy’s perspective on the conference at Heal Write Now
and at ACEs Connection
Benchmarks' Partnering for Excellence Team
from left to right: Keesha Corbin, Project Assistant, Jenny Cooper,
Project Director, George Montgomery, Project Coordinator, Carla A.
Whaley, Data Entry Specialist and Jasmine Mickle, Project Coordinator.