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MHS has specialized in DBT for the past decade with an emphasis on customizing clinical services to each individual. We measure clinical outcomes with the Treatment Outcome Package® to understand clients’ unique areas of difficulty and we use this data to tailor each person’s treatment plan. We also use the Treatment Outcome Package® to track and monitor progress so that treatment stays responsive to changes. Customizing treatment to individuals, monitoring progress, and adjusting treatment as needed are the essentials of evidence-based practice.
Our practice-based research demonstrates that clients in treatment at MHS show clinically significant improvement in their reported symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and substance use, and that clients with a history of mental health hospitalizations have significantly fewer hospitalizations and significantly fewer days in the hospital when they are hospitalized.
The combination of ongoing attention to clinical outcomes and individualized care makes for high-quality psychological services.
In addition to standardized outcome measures, MHS has conducted a study of hospitalization rates since 2010. Our April 2013 analysis showed that clients with a pre-treatment history of hospitalization(s) have statistically significant reductions (p < .001) in the number of days spent in the hospital with treatment at MHS. For our clients with the highest risk of hospitalization, the annual number of days spent in the hospital was reduced by over 75%, a large effect size.
These findings strongly support the conclusion that outpatient DBT treatment at MHS is associated with dramatic reductions in inpatient mental health hospitalizations.
Kudos to our dedicated therapists and extra-special acknowledgment to our clients, who do the hard work to realize better lives.