MORS 5 Workgroup

The MORS 5 Workgroup is one of many workgroups designed to examine and improve on various aspects of the Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) system. The group consists of representatives from Behavioral Health Administration, County specialty clinics, FQHC centers, contract providers, Decision Support, and peer support.

The group plans to meet for a limited number of times to accomplish a defined set of goals.


1. To investigate and try to understand why a substantial number of clients in Specialty Mental Health are stuck at a MORS 5, i.e., moderate, level of functioning and whether they are capable of leading more fulfilling lives with the help of additional or different supports. For example, a consumer who has been stable in a board and care might try to move into a Section 8 housing unit where s/he could live more independently with the support of a WRAP group and a peer mentor.

2. To free up space in the Specialty Mental Health system for clients with a higher level of need. This would occur when clients who are more stable and/or have a lower level of need begin receiving services at a FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Care) site and/or are discharged.

3. To educate and support staff to see treatment as a process in which clients are encouraged to progress from more to less intensive service levels as their level of functioning improves. Of course, if clients experience crises or setbacks, they should have access to more intensive services for as long as they need them. This process of tailoring services to clients’ level of functioning requires staff proficiency in using the MORS scales and Transformational Care Planning (TCP).

These goals can only be achieved if movement between levels of service is possible, i.e., there is capacity in the different levels of care. It also requires access to adequate support services such as WRAP group and peer mentors and support for client involvement in meaningful non-treatment activities such as work, family engagement, and social and spiritual activities. Engagement in these activities may be just as important as the standard components of mental health treatment.

MORS 5 Workgroup Reports ​​

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