Texas community centers can have as many as six of these competing systems, including BHIPS. In other states, providers report being required to record information in up to ten additional state, county, and city systems.
So imagine if Texa and California decided to harmonize their state reporting systems, including CMBHS, CARE, R & DM, CSI, CalOMS, TCOOMMI, BHIPS, HCS, OSHPD, and TKIDS.
BHIPS's features run the gamut from online progress notes to discharge reports to a waiting-list screen to automated reminder messages for clinicians.
In addition, as issues are identified in the assessment, BHIPS automatically records them as part of the treatment plan.
The state used a combination of federal and state monies to build BHIPS. 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.
Joe Vesowate, DSHS's assistant commissioner for mental health and substance abuse services, says state officials continue to build on BHIPS's capabilities, always focused on basing the next step on an analysis of what has been done before.