According to DSHS's application for the Davies Award, about 85% of spending on BHIPS came from federal block grant funds, with state general funds accounting for the rest.
In addition, state officials had to overcome clinician concerns related to how BHIPS would affect their one-on-one relationship with clients.
Over the years, the state has added numerous features to BHIPS based on new areas of emphasis in the state-funded behavioral health system.
One of the pilot users of BHIPS was Homeward Bound, a provider organization that operates residential and outpatient addiction treatment services in Dallas and a small detox facility and outpatient program in El Paso.
Denton says providers who use BHIPS no longer have to guess about what is causing certain challenges in their organization.
BHIPS also has proven beneficial to Homeward Bound in helping make its grant applications more information-based.
Denton's only reservation about BHIPS is that he believes his busy clinicians never should be asked to report on data simply for reporting's sake.
BHIPS is serving as a model both within Texas and nationally.