Management Consulting is a select and focused activity that supports an Agency initiative. Whether to improve care access or improve clinical performance outcomes, we are change agents and experts in operational processes and practice designs able to address current needs inclusive of: administrative, clinical, financial, IT/data metric design and quality management. Tailored roadmaps are reflective of the Agency’s strengths, challenges, unique mission, and vision of purpose and identity. At SAE, whether with a Grant Writing project or with an Operational project, we believe in positioning our client to be unique and competitive in the changing landscape of service care.

Evaluation and Technical Assistance

The fast moving and often complex transformation of behavioral health services requires behavioral health care providers to establish a fundamentally sound evaluation platform in order to develop and implement an effective set of strategies ensuring they not only survive but thrive in this challenging environment.
SAE Behavioral Health Evaluation Services, DBA, provides clients with a wide range of high quality evaluation services and support. These services include:
  • Evaluations that enhance organizational performance and improve the quality of life for the consumers of your services;
  • Independent evaluations that are consistent with the requirements of HHS 45 CFR 74.43;
  • Evaluation platforms to answer “who does what to whom, to what effect and ultimately at what cost?”, to help your agency make the most compelling presentation of your work to your Board, your funders, and other stakeholders, including managed care and insurance companies that may seek to use your services;
  • Data metrics support to produce high quality, actionable information that promotes data driven decision making; and
  • Grant implementation support that facilitates communication between the funding agency and your project staff, through regular mentoring of program staff regarding evaluation requirements.
SAE Behavioral Health Evaluation Services, DBA, offers the following analytic approaches to grant funded agencies:
  • state-of-the-art statistical techniques to analyze data;
  • reliable and valid behavioral and medical health indicators to evaluate integrated health care for behavioral health care consumers of services;
  • use of dosage logs to verify types and numbers of interventions provided;
  • verification of adherence to evidence-based interventions;
  • timely reporting of evaluation results to project stakeholders and funders; and
  • outcome evaluations that focus on the Triple Aim of improving health care outcomes, improving the patient’s experience of care, and lowering the cost of care.

Making Use of Technical Assistance Funds

SAMSHA grantees can look forward to accessing technical assistance (TA) funds tied to the award they received for 2018 projects. Previously, TA was offered at the national level with designated TA centers by region and grant type. However, SAMSHA is now offering a different way to support providers’ need for TA with a budget line specific for TA. With an understanding that local TA can bring direct value to grantees addressing specific operational needs internal to their own management and challenges, SAMSHA is now allowing grantees the option to secure their own TA experts.  Securing knowledgeable and experienced subject matter experts are important criteria for choosing your TA.

SAE’s Evaluation team consists of experienced facilitators of local TA. With a direct understanding of grant requirements, evaluation process and outcome, and operational process flow for service launch, grant management and service transitions, SAE offers a wide range of TA-focused capabilities.
SAE offers the following TA capabilities:
  • Logic Modeling and Program Design
  • Program Evaluation and Implementation
  • Randomized Control Study
  • Evaluation in Multiple Settings
  • Client-Centered Orientation
  • Data Visualization
  • Program Sustainability for Post Grant Terms
  • Organization Agility Assessment
  • Performance Measures for Service Goals
  • Outcome and Population Datasets
  • Operational Performance and Financial Benchmarks
  • Overcoming Technical Disruptions
  • EHR and Operational Management Tools
  • Quality Improvements and Corrective Improvements

For a summary of our SAMHSA quantitative program evaluation experience, click here!

Please note that SAE & Associates has now evolved into two separate companies, one of which is SAE Behavioral Health Evaluation Services, DBA, a step that SAE has voluntarily taken to address the requirements of HHS 45 CFR 74.43, thereby avoiding any issues relative to potential organizational conflicts of interest.