Welcome to the WSDSG Data Policy Support Site

This site is primarily for the use and benefit of data specialists and administrators in the participating states. It serves as an archive for useful documents, policy, templates, and resources, as well as working as a cooperative development venue for data innovation, updates, announcements, and other items useful in the task of implementing data systems that enhance the investments in mental health that the states are making. The site as well seeks to assist with the issues that arise from time to time in compliance with state and federal data standards.


  • How do you measure functional capacity without the GAF in the DSM-V? Information and insights from the WSDSG "Measurements Group" and some of the possibilities for inter-rator reliable standards.
  • Dave Wanser: Data and technology policies and organizational planning. A discussion about real colaboration between administrative executives and planners and Chief Technology Officers to develop technology and data infrastructure policy.
  • Rollout of the new guidelines for the SAMHSA Block Grant data. What does data need to look like in an era when the Block Grant is changing as the Affordable Care Act takes on the more and more of the former Block Grant priorities? What will states want to measure... and how do you measure issues around Olmstead, the current emphasis for the guidelines? Includes information from recent USDOJ data sets for measuring compliance with integration and underserved populations.

The States of the WSDSG

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With the exception of South Dakota, the
WSDSG represents the states of the traditional Federal "Western Region" of the USA. Data Managers and Data Specialist members from each of the states here provide input to the group and the exchange of ideas in a forum coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education's (WICHE's) Mental Health Program. The output is designed to create exchanges of ideas and provided a focused technical assistance and policy discussion in the effort to have data drive and provide an important contribution to the planning and real time measurement of effective public mental health services.