Vermont Care Network and the State of Vermont: A Shared Data Repository for Community-Based Behavioral Health Providers

The State of Vermont, federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and Vermont Care Network, a statewide provider network, partnered to build a data repository for Vermont’s Designated Mental Health Agencies and Specialized Service Agencies. The data repository stores clinical information and provides analytics tools necessary for organization-specific and system-wide continuous quality improvement and business case development. This case study, based on interviews with project partners,1 describes key factors considered in developing the Vermont Care Network data repository that can inform similar efforts in states across the country.