Community Mental Health (CMH)

The interRAI Community Mental Health (CMH) Assessment is a standardized assessment system for by clinicians in community mental health settings. This instrument is designed to incorporate the person’s needs, strengths and preferences when assessing the key domains of function, mental and physical health, social support and service use. The interRAI CMH is fully compatible with the interRAI MH and its predecessor, the RAI-MH Version 2.0. The CMH is being implemented in Iceland, Finland, and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The domain areas covered in the interRAI CMH include:

  • Identification Information
  • Intake and Initial History
  • Mental State Indicators
  • Substance Use or Excessive Behaviour
  • Harm to Self and Others
  • Behaviour
  • Cognition
  • Functional Status
  • Communication and Vision
  • Health Conditions
  • Stress and Trauma
  • Medications
  • Service Utilization and Treatments
  • Nutritional Status
  • Social Relations
  • Employment, Education and Finances
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Diagnostic Information 
  • Discharge

Community Mental Health supplements

The interRAI Mental Health Supplement to the Community Health Assessment (CHA-MH) includes an expanded item set on mental health-related diagnoses, symptoms, treatments, and life experiences. The items in this supplement describe the performance and capacity of the person in a variety of domains, with the majority of items serving as specific triggers for care planning. The goal is to use this information to identify individual needs and appropriate interventions.

For further information, please contact John Hirdes, chair of the interRAI Network of Excellence in Mental Health (iNEMH).

See our list of Community Mental Health publications (plus localizations and translations) in our Catalog.

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