Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Research & Data Analysis Division



Aged, Blind, Disabled (SSI) Cost Offset Research & Evaluation. Evaluation project based on DSHS administrative records to determine the change in the use of services and costs for Medicaid clients who receive chemical dependency treatment. Contact: David Mancuso, telephone: 360. 902-7557.

Behavioral Health Outcomes and Risk – Several studies examine the prevalence of mental illness and substance abuse, access to behavioral health services, and the impact of behavioral health treatment on outcomes for youth and adults. Outcomes examined include health and social service costs, employment, mortality, homelessness and criminal justice involvement. Pilot programs to screen individuals for substance abuse in hospital emergency rooms and physician’s offices are also evaluated. Contact: Barbara Lucenko, 360.902.0890 or Jim Mayfield, 360.902.0764

Children and Youth at Risk – Outcomes for children and youth with high risk for negative outcomes who are in institutions, on parole, or who are considered high risk are evaluated through their transition into adulthood. Rates of criminal recidivism, employment and school retention are identified, and family risk factors associated with child well-being are examined. Contact: Barbara Lucenko, 360.902.0890.

Client Registry. The Client Registry is a Web-based application use by authorized DSHS workers to access high level client profiles. The purpose of this information system is to facilitate  client care and case coordination across all DSHS client services. 

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Community Outcomes and Risk – School district, locale, county, and state level risk indicators are available from our Community Outcomes and Risks Evaluation Geographic Information System, which has over 20 years of data and indicators for prevention planning. Contact: Irina Sharkova, telephone: 360.902-0743.

Criminal Justice – The relationship of health and social service needs and criminal justice involvement is examined in numerous studies. Outcomes of different court options and the risk to children whose parents are incarcerated are explored. Programs for youth receiving juvenile rehabilitation services are also evaluated. Contact: Jim Mayfield, 360.902.0764

Education Outcomes – Academic performance of students who receive social and health services is evaluated and family risk factors are associated with behavioral health, economic services, and criminal justice outcomes. Contact: Barbara Lucenko, 360.902.0890 or Liz Coker, 360.902.0782.

Emergency Management Geographical Information System (EM-GIS). Provides client, facility, provider, and hazard information, maps and data to executive management for emergency response and for planning. Contact: Maija Sandberg, telephone 360.902-0749

Evaluation of Second Use of Job Search for Returning TANF Clients. Getting welfare recipients employed is on the top of every state's agenda. However, as the more employable adults move off the welfare caseloads altogether, and as national and local economic growth slows, former TANF recipients are returning to welfare in greater numbers. In Washington State, seventy percent of the entrants to welfare are former TANF recipients. Question becomes: is getting former recipients to repeat work search training a useful expenditure of public money?

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Expedited Medical Determination. RDA provides technical support and maintenance to run DSHS Expedited Medical Determination Database (EMD).  This website  offers a limited subset of Client Registry data to authorized County and City Jails and Department of Corrections staff. In support of HB 1290 (2005).

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First Steps Database (FSDB) was designed to evaluate and monitor programs and services for low income and other high risk women and children in Washington State.

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Health Care – Work in this area include ongoing development of health care quality metrics, along with studies of medical risk, disease progression, and health care costs and other outcomes. Programs are evaluated and policy alternatives are explored. Some studies are based on integrated Medicare and Medicaid data for persons “dually eligible.” The impact of federal health care reforms on state programs is a recurring theme. Contact: David Mancuso, 360.902.7557.

Homelessness and Housing – Studies examine the impact of housing assistance programs on housing stability, employment, education, criminal justice involvement, risk to children who experience homelessness and mortality. Studies are based on linkages between social and health services data and external agency data on housing assistance programs. Contact: Melissa Ford Shah, 360.902.0760 or Jim Mayfield, 360.902.0764.

Long-term Care and Developmental Disabilities – Program outcomes and costs associated with care for the elderly and those with long-term care needs, as well as persons with developmental disabilities are explored. Transitions between different types of facilities and alternative models of institutional and residential care are evaluated, including costs and health outcomes. Contact: David Mancuso, 360.902.7557.

Medicaid and CHIP Statistical Information System (MSIS) requires full reporting of person-based eligibility and claims from all Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). RDA prepares MSIS federal reports for mental health, children’s, aging, and developmental disabilities programs. Contact: Maija Sandberg, telephone 360.902-0749

Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps states transition people with Medicaid from institutions to the community, increasing the use of home and community-based services (HCBS). RDA prepares MFP client services data for Aging and Disabilities Services Administration federal reporting. Contact: Maija Sandberg, telephone 360.902-0749

Pathway to Employment - Hiring people with Disabilities. Washington Pathways to Employment (P2E) Project is a customer centered public use website and supporting databases to assist people with disabilities who are between the ages of 16 and 64 with access to work resources.  The website promotes greater independence, productive and fulfilling lives by enhancing the ability for consumers with disabilities, their families and assisting providers to:

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Predictive Modeling – RDA maintains the PRISM web application which features state-of-the-art predictive modeling tools and health service data integration to support care management for high-risk Medicaid clients. PRISM currently supports more than 600 authorized users, including Medicaid health plans, Regional Support Networks, Area Agencies on Aging, and HCA and DSHS staff performing care management or program management functions. Contact: David Mancuso, telephone: (360) 902-7557.

Safe Babies, Safe Moms Evaluation. The First Steps Database (FSDB) has provided a unique opportunity to study women, who have been identified as substance abusers, during and after pregnancy, as well as their children's outcomes. RDA is developing an expanded database including administrative data and client-specific data for women who receive services through three pilot projects known as the Comprehensive Program Evaluation Project (CPEP).

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Temporary Assist Needy Families (TANF). This project is developing the capability for DSHS to report data to the Federal government (The Administration for Families and Children) as required by the welfare reform legislation which passed congress in 1996.

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TAKE CHARGE. This project will test the effectiveness of intensive follow-up services, in combination with client-centered practice by providers, on the successful use of contraceptive methods by clients.

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Welfare and Employment – Analyses have been conducted to assist with TANF redesign efforts. Employment rates, wages, hours worked and total earnings are also tracked across selected DSHS programs. Contact: Melissa Ford Shah, 360.902.0760.