About

WHAT IS CONNECT?

CONNECT is a secure, web-based system for sending and receiving referrals. Agencies are brought together under a single information sharing agreement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Release of Information (ROI) that is HIPAA, FERPA, 42CFR and IDEA compliant.

The system was created in 2009 with no incentives outside of client advocacy and desire to increase performance.  The current version was launched in 2014 and has been continually enhanced since then.  A new user interface is currently in development, with new features and more robust data collection and reporting.

Strategic referral tracking via CONNECT aims to improve the referral process in our communities by establishing accountability and improving processes for the exchange of client information. The ultimate goal is to foster collaborative culture among service providers in Montana.


Closing the loop in care coordination  

 “Closing the loop” is a term that describes a well-functioning coordinated care delivery system. It implies that information flows easily during a referral – the referring service provider is able to let the recipient provider know the pertinent information about the client being referred, and the recipient can let the referring provider know the opinions and recommendations that result from the referral.  It’s a two-way “loop.”

Why is care coordination important?

LESS WASTE
Reduce or eliminate:
-Duplication of service
-Unnecessary referrals
-Failed transitions to/from facilities
FEWER PROBLEMS
Weak hand-offs result in:
-Delays in service
-Lapses in care
-Diminished health outcomes
HAPPIER CLIENTS AND STAFF
-Reduced frustration for all parties involved
-Easily tracking client progress is rewarding for staff


CONNECT provides data about referrals, helping improve service delivery to clients.
Agencies may request any of these reports:
-Referral Delays to an Agency
-Referrals To/From Agencies
-Referral Outcomes for Agencies

These reports track the number, status and outcomes of referrals sent and received.
This information puts accountability front and center, allowing agencies to easily evaluate service delivery.

Counties

Current Users of CONNECT: Cascade County (Great Falls) Flathead County (Kalispell) Lewis & Clark County (Helena) Park County (Livingston) Silverbow County (Butte)

Training Resources

CONNECT Training Resources New training guide and Moodle online training information coming soon! CONNECT System Demo New system demo coming soon! Additional Resources Free online HIPAA training from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors: Click here Article:  Balancing Patient Care Confidentiality – Law Psychiatry Column 2015

FAQs

How much does it cost to sign up for CONNECT? There used to be a fee structure of $100 per user per year to be a part of CONNECT.  A new contract with Noble Software Group was negotiated by DPHHS in 2019, switching to a maintenance fee that will eliminate the user fees altogether, so … Continue reading FAQs

Testimonials

The CONNECT system allowed for our program to reach more families, increase our referral network, and build stronger relationships with our referral partners by all committing to work on this project together.  I highly recommend adoption and use. Brie Oliver Executive Director Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, the Montana Coalition CONNECT is an easy-to-use, efficient, adaptable … Continue reading Testimonials