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Mock Tracers for Behavioral Health Care
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U.S. Standards

Mock Tracers for Behavioral Health Care, Revised Edition

A targeted way for your staff to learn about and practice mock tracers in a behavioral health care setting.

July 2015; Revised 2017. 74 pages. PDF book.

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Product Description

Product Description

Mock Tracers for Behavioral Health Care, Revised Edition, will help behavioral health care organizations use mock (practice) tracers to identify unrecognized standards compliance and patient safety issues and implement changes as part of an ongoing improvement process—before a survey takes place. This easy-to-follow, practical e-book offers a wealth of sample tracers, called scenarios, that address a variety of issues in behavioral health care.
Key Topics:
  • Updated in 2016 to reflect changes in The Joint Commission survey process
  • Compliance strategies 
  • Patient safety issues 
  • Process improvement 
Key Features:
  • Downloadable, adaptable worksheets and tracer questions to develop your own targeted mock tracers
  • A 10-step tutorial on how to conduct mock tracers
  • Sample tracer questions keyed to the tracer scenarios 
  • Compliance strategies and a mock tracer tip for each scenario
  • Examples of completed mock tracer worksheets
Standards: All behavioral health care standards
Settings: All behavioral health care organizations, including:
  • Addictions and opioid treatment
  • Adult day care
  • Case management
  • Corrections and forensics
  • Counseling, in-home and outpatient
  • Eating disorders
  • Foster care and therapeutic foster care
  • Outdoor behavioral services
  • Partial hospitalization, day treatment, and intensive outpatient services
  • Prevention and wellness promotion services
  • Residential/group homes
  • Shelters
  • Special populations, including children, youth and persons with addictions, intellectual disabilities or eating disorders
  • Therapeutic schools (both day and 24-hour)
  • Transitional, supervised or supportive living
  • Vocational rehabilitation
Key Audience: Accreditation managers, patient safety officers, nurses, nurse leaders, risk managers, performance improvement professionals
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


How to Conduct a Behavioral Health Care Mock Tracer

Planning and Preparing for the Mock Tracer
Conducting and Evaluating the Mock Tracer
Analyzing and Reporting the Results of the Mock Tracer
Applying the Results of the Mock Tracer

Tracer Scenario Grid by Topic

Section 1: Individual Tracer Scenarios

Scenario 1-1. Therapeutic Boarding School: Suicide Risk Assessment
Scenario 1-2. 24-Hour Therapeutic School: Violence and Self-Harm
Scenario 1-3. Youth Addiction Services Program: De-escalation Techniques
Scenario 1-4. Residential Center: Physical Holding of a Child
Scenario 1-5. Community Mental Health Center: Physical Health Screenings

Section 2: System Tracer Scenarios

Scenario 2-1. Intensive Outpatient Program: Data Management
Scenario 2-2. Residential Treatment Center: Infection Control
Scenario 2-3. 24-Hour Adult Mental Health Setting: Data Management
Scenario 2-4. Continuity of Therapeutic Foster Care: Medication Management 
Scenario 2-5. Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program: Information Management 
Scenario 2-6. Community Mental Health Center: Medication Management
Scenario 2-7. Community Mental Health Center: Data Management
Scenario 2-8. Residential Treatment Center: Infection Control
Scenario 2-9. Community Mental Health Center: Data Use and Medication Management
Scenario 2-10. Opioid Treatment Program: Medication Management
Scenario 2-11. Group Home: Medication Management
Section 3: Program-Specific Tracer Scenarios
Scenario 3-1. Child Welfare Agency: Continuity of Therapeutic Foster Care
Scenario 3-2. Youth Group Home: Elopement
Scenario 3-3. 24-Hour Adult Mental Health Setting: Suicide Prevention
Scenario 3-4. Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program: Violence

Appendix A: Sample Tracer Worksheets

Sample Tracer Worksheet: Scenario 1-2
Sample Tracer Worksheet: Scenario 2-4
Sample Tracer Worksheet: Scenario 2-6
Sample Tracer Worksheet: Scenario 3-3

Appendix B: Mock Tracer Worksheet Form

Appendix C: Comprehensive Organization Assessment Form

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