CAPEThe 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.
PROJECT PARTNERSCAPE 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.
AIMSAssessing benchmarking measures of behavioral health in local communities to identify and share best practices.
DESIGNCAPE 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.
CAPE I identified 10 communities for which a Behavioral Snapshot and Behavioral Health Profile were created. Locations were selected from across the United States:
Kansas - Finney County
Louisiana - Orleans Parish
Maryland - Garrett County
Missouri - Pettis County
Nevada - Clark County
New Mexico - Dona Ana County
Tennessee - Blount County
Vermont - Chittenden County
Virginia - New River Valley
West Virginia - Kanawha County (See
Behavioral Health Profile)
CAPE II is tasked with developing early warning system for behavioral health which are affordable and replicable. This process revolves around 4 key components:
Index Communities - 9 communities report on their behavioral health biweekly over
the course of a year, while the CAPE team analyzes the data to identify potential
changes and design appropriate intervention
Index Light Communities - 4 communities report on their behavioral health monthly
over the course of a year, while the CAPE team analyzes the data to identify
potential changes and design appropriate intervention
Innovation Communities - 4 communities are testing self-developed early warning protocols,
primarily using police and hospital data to detect changes
- Replicator Community - use of Innovation Communities data to replicate a community early warning system in the Seattle, WA area