Evidence-Based Practice Tracking


DMC-ODS plans are required to implement at least two evidenced-based treatment practices (EBPs) according to the county-specific DMC-ODS County Implementation Plan (DMC-ODS Intergovernmental Agreement). The two EBPs are per provider, per service modality. DMC-ODS plans must ensure providers have implemented EBPs and are delivering the practices to fidelity. The State monitors the implementation of EBPs during reviews, per the DMC-ODS Intergovernmental Agreement.

CalMHSA recommends tracking which EBPs a provider uses via the CalMHSA Program Meta Tagging Detail screen in the “Evidence Based Practices – DMC” section. This is a multiple-select field and includes all the EBPs included in BHIN 24-001 and reflected in the DMC-ODS Intergovernmental Agreement. This allows a county to select the two EBPs per provider, per service modality.


For Specialty Mental Health Services, providers must report on Client and Service Information (CSI). This requires SMHS providers to document any EBPs used, up to three, on a per-service basis. CalMHSA has ensured that this is trackable using the Evidence Based Practices field in the Service Note screen. This field is multiple-select so that the provider can select up to three CSI EBPs for their service reporting.


CalMHSA has received many requests from counties to add the DMC-ODS EBPs to the Evidence Based Practices field in the service note, even though this field is meant for CSI reporting. CalMHSA does not recommend adding values to this field. It is unclear what impacts to CSI reporting these types of changes may have. Additionally, the requirements laid out in BHIN 24-001 do not require tracking of EBPs on a per-service basis for DMC-ODS.

Updated 6/11/24