From:  Theodora Binion, Director
Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

Performance Based Contracting

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse is continuing to develop data strategies and a framework for quality improvement in substance abuse and addiction health care. These strategies are designed to inform policy, provider performance improvement, measure program impact, and lead to improved quality of services and outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. DASA recognizes the critical need to improve the value and accessibility of data and analysis and to publish substance abuse treatment outcomes to make data readily available to the public. To this end, DASA will implement the following:

Web Portal. Complete Web Portal for providers to have access to their own data by January 1, 2012.

Hold Harmless. Fiscal Year 2012 will be a "hold harmless" year.

Provider Targets. Providers will receive the forms to enter the 2012 targets concerning engagement, retention, and continuity of care by September 12, 2011. As you enter the targets for 2012, it is important to strive for levels higher than the 2008 baseline. These forms are due back to DASA by January 15, 2012.

Provider Report Schedule. DASA produces quarterly provider reports for each organization that are sent to the authorized program representative. The year-end report will be based on service data that is entered 90 days following the end of the Fiscal Year. It is therefore important to enter your organization's data so that it is included in the analysis.

Outcome Measures. In SFY 2012, DASA will add the following six outcome measures to the current process measures in the provider reports: 1) alcohol abstinence, 2) other drug abstinence, 3) self-help involvement, 4) employment status, 5) housing status, and 6) criminal justice involvement. You are not required at this point to set targets for these outcome measures. DASA will look to see if a correlation exists between the process measures in place and improvements in outcomes.

Publish Provider Reports. By the end of SFY 2012, DASA will post the provider reports on the state web site. All provider reports will be available to all stakeholders.

DARTS Changes. To bring DARTS and provider reports in line with the TEDS/GPRA data elements, DASA made a number of changes. Please consult your DARTS Manual especially in the following areas: a) Initial Date of Contact: Edit so that initial date of contact is not more than six (6) months prior to the Opening Date; b) Added additional elements to Not in Labor Force detail; c) Added School/Job Training; d) Recommended Service field has been deleted; e) Expanded detail in Living Arrangement; f) Added discharge and transfer codes related to Utilization Management decisions; g) Donated Funds Initiative field now allows up to nine (9) transportation trips (tokens, fare cards etc.) to be entered in one submission in the hours' field; and h) Case Management and Early Intervention services will not be accepted beyond the specified funding amount for each provider within the fiscal year.