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Behavioral Health Research and Consulting

As a behavioral health provider, you recognize that your clients are individuals. You also know that they are more than their psychiatric diagnosis, drug of choice, and/or symptoms. In addition, over time you have found that some of them share common histories, problems, and life situations, while others share different bio-psychosocial histories, characteristics, strengths, and lived experiences. You know that serving consumers is not a “one-size-fits-all” endeavor; however, it has been difficult to get clear and holistic pictures of the different subgroups of people, and even more difficult to understand what members of different groups might need to support their rehabilitation and recovery. As a result of over 30 years of research, training, and consulting we can offer you a better ways to help your clients. Enhance the services you provide by reaching out to us. today.

Our emerging best practice, called Cluster-Based Planning® (CBP) shows you the way by providing clear and concise descriptions of members of the different subgroups of people you are serving. This information is grounded in evaluative studies, statistical analyses, and/or "expert" knowledge contributed by consumers, providers, family members, and other knowledgeable citizens. Cluster-based Planning® gives all stakeholders important information to plan, evaluate, manage, and improve behavioral health services.

Cluster-based information has been used by agencies to engage consumers in a recovery dialogue that leads more directly to the use of evidence-based and/or emerging best practices. In addition, analysis of service utilization, consumer outcomes, and cost data by cluster allows for better management of resources and improvement of services. Finally, CBP provides a platform upon which to build integrated behavioral health and primary care services.

Improve consumer outcomes through Cluster-Based Planning® that targets specific populations. We offer the ability to analyze service utilization, cost, and outcomes data by cluster, adding crucial data for determining best practices for these subgroups of individuals.

About CBP

Enhance the services your organization delivers by implementing Cluster Assessment. We train your staff to determine which cluster history "Best fits" their life story. This makes it easier to engage clients in a recovery process and to better plan and manage services.


 Discover How Your Organization Can Benefit From Our 35 Years Of Experience Working To Describe Clusters Of Consumers Who Live In The Behavioral Health Landscape.

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About Synthesis, Inc.

Founded in 1987, Synthesis, Inc. is a private applied research and consulting organization that specializes in planning and evaluation technologies for mental health, substance abuse, and other human services. Our goal is to improve client care and enhance recovery by using knowledge gained in research and evaluation efforts to train staff, plan for enhanced services and evaluate those efforts. Over the years Synthesis staff have designed and conducted major service system research studies, managed quality assurance programs, provided staff training in a number of areas, and implemented local and statewide planning efforts. Staff and associates have served as principal investigators on several major research projects studying: informed consent for the use of psychotropic medications; the impact of Ohio's revised civil commitment procedures, and the development of “best practice” models for clusters of adults with severe and persistent mental health issues. In the course of these consultation and research efforts, Synthesis, Inc. developed the Cluster-based Planning® system.

William V. Rubin, MA, founder and CEO, is the key developer of the Cluster-Based Planning® (CBP) system. This approach is the culmination of more than 30 years of work to understand and describe more holistic, bio-psychosocial histories of the meaningful subgroups of people we serve, and to use this information to improve their lives. In 2001, Cluster-based Planning was Identified as an Emerging Best Practice By The Ohio Department Of Mental Health And Addiction Services.

Contact us to learn how cluster-based planning can empower your organization.

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Bill Rubin, MA, CEO
Synthesis, Inc.

3049 Olive St.
Columbus, OH 43204

(844) 437-1337