New data dashboard gives Michiganders access to data in one place for the first time
A new dashboard, launched by the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice (CBHJ) at the Wayne State University School of Social Work, gives Michiganders access to valuable data in one user-friendly place for the first time. The dashboard provides quick and easy access data needed to make state- or county-level policy decisions, to write a winning grant proposal, or to follow curiosity about a certain topic.
The dashboard, supported by the Michigan Mental Health Diversion Council (MMHDC) and developed by TBD Solutions, compiles data from a variety of publicly available databases on county, regional, and state levels. The dashboard is customizable, and allows users to from over 100 variables on criminal justice, behavioral health, public health, demographic, housing, population data and more. The dashboard automatically shows the most recently available data, and shows change over time where available.
“The design, development and implementation of this data dashboard by the CBHJ in partnership with the Michigan Mental Health Diversion Council, is a phenomenal tool that can be utilized by counties around the state to quickly and efficiently access an abundance of data points to develop effective initiatives,” said Steven Mays, Diversion Administrator for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Users can fully customize their experience to develop unique community profiles to fit their needs by visiting the dashboard, watch the tutorial video, or can begin from one of the following example profiles:
- The SE Michigan coronavirus profile shows numbers of COVID infections and deaths in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county.
- The fatal overdose profile shows rates of drug overdose deaths and opioid overdose deaths in urban and rural counties compared to the state.
- An education, employment and poverty profile of Metropolitan counties compares education demographics to the state overall.
- The health insurance profile compares rates of individuals uninsured, covered by Medicaid and covered by Medicare in the Upper Peninsula, or the NorthCare Network PIHP.
The development of the dashboard is an evolving process. Users who have data they would like to see included, feedback on their experience, or ideas for the future dashboard updates are encouraged to contact the CBHJ.
About the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice: The Wayne State University School of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health and envisions communities in which research, data, and best practices are used by multiple stakeholders to enhance the optimal well-being of individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal/legal system. Learn more
About the Michigan Mental Health Diversion Council: Created by Executive Order 2013-7, the Mental Health Diversion Council was created in the Michigan Department of Community Health to advise and assist in the implantation of the Diversion Action Plan and provide recommendations for statutory, contractual or procedural changes to improve diversion. The Council is charged with “reducing the number of people with mental illness or intellectual or developmental disabilities (including comorbid substance addiction) from entering the corrections system, while maintaining public safety”. Learn more
About TBD Solutions: TBD Solutions is a Michigan-based consultancy with a rich background in healthcare leadership, research, policy analysis, quality improvement, program evaluation, and technology-based applications. The TBD Solutions Team assists organizations in successful project, process, and technology management, planning, and outcomes. Learn more