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The Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) is a multi-institution project focused on the identification and sharing of best practices for benchmarking community behavioral health.


CAPE is a national program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and facilitated by USDA and its Regional Rural Development Centers. Institutions include Kansas State University, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, West Virginia University and the University of Arizona. Stay up to date with CAPE's latest news.


Assessing benchmarking measures of behavioral health in local communities to identify and share best practices.


CAPE has been divided into 2 phases: CAPE I and CAPE II. Note that at the onset of the project Dr. Olfert was the North East Regional Coordinator and that she is now the Dissemination Lead Investigator for both CAPE I and CAPE II products. c

CAPE I identified 10 communities for which a Behavioral Snapshot and Behavioral Health Profile were created. Locations were selected from across the United States:
CAPE II is tasked with developing early warning system for behavioral health which are affordable and replicable. This process revolves around 4 key components:


Behavioral health affects a wide variety of settings including prenatal care, mental health, law enforcement and education. The complexity and cost of community programs make change a significant challenge. CAPE's ultimate goal is to lessen that burden by providing communities with accurate data, effective intervention programs and affordable assessing and monitoring tools. As part of this mission, CAPE has develop an extensive toolkit easily accessible online and offers multiple annual webinars.