Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) is a new Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) electronic health record system that merges legacy automated health management systems from the former Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) and the former Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA). Just as DSHS has combined services for mental health and substance abuse under one administrative structure, CMBHS has combined and developed an enhanced automated client record system for use when delivering services for the treatment of substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring disorders.

The CMBHS software application is being developed using an iterative systems development approach. This means that each phase of the project goes through the same development cycle. That development cycle includes the following:

  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Requirements Gathering and Risk Analysis
  • Design and Development
  • Implementation for subsets of the full project’s functionality

The benefit of this approach is that it stresses early testing of system functionality through the staged deployment and release of an initial beta product. First, a select pilot group tests and evaluates the beta release product. Next, the pilot group provides feedback to the core development team regarding issues of system functionality and user friendliness.

By employing the iterative systems development cycle, the CMBHS development team can introduce new functionality in subsequent CMBHS releases through a deployment process most end-users find agreeable.

A beta version of CMBHS was tested at seven (7) Texas community mental health and substance abuse contract provider locations in 2008. The results of the pilot have been integrated into the initial production release of CMBHS and which was deployed to the first substance abuse treatment provider region in December 2009. The inital release of CMBHS is currently in use with deployment to all eleven (11) regions completed in August 2010.



Last updated June 27, 2014