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Table 15. Data Availability for Psychosocial Needs

Data Availability

Psychosocial Needs Data



Proposal and fee required


  • Information on use of adult day care or day activity centers,  outpatient mental health services, mental health ER visits, and  community mental health programs.
  • Data are old (1995).

Public use files


  • Number of days of poor mental health in past 30 days.
  • Number of days of sad, blue, or depressed mood in past 30 days.
  • No information on mental health services utilized.

American Community Survey

  • Available for Worcester metro area.
  • Information on individuals who have difficulty learning, remembering, or concentrating.
  • No information on mental health services utilized.
  • May indicate severity of condition when combined with receipt of SSI.

CMS approval/
DUA required

Medicaid claims

  • May contain information on programs in the community attended by individuals in the Worcester area.
  • Data are limited to low-income individuals, which varies from State to State and year to year.

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