Areas of Expertise

Optimal has subject matter expertise in the following areas:

Health

  • Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Quality of Care Measure Development
  • Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
  • Program and Process Evaluations
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Auditing of Regulatory Compliance
  • Medical Review
  • Identifying and Recruiting Medical Experts
  • Prescription Drug Programs
  • Disease Control and Prevention Programs
  • Performance Improvement Measures
  • Hospital/Plan Accreditation

Education

  • Service Obligation Systems
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Charter School
  • Academic Achievement
  • Performance Measurement Design
  • Policy (e.g., No Child Left Behind)

Housing

  • Family Self-Sufficiency
  • Housing Development Financing
  • Lead Abatement
  • Policy (e.g., HOPE VI)
  • Public Housing Initiatives
  • Section 8 Vouchers

Transportation

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Economic Impacts

 

Social Services

  • Out-of-school Program Assessments
  • Healthy Marriage Initiatives
  • Fatherhood/Paternal Involvement
  • Caseload Forecasting
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Privatization
  • Welfare Reform and Welfare-to-Work

Workforce Development

  • Occupational and Skill Set Forecasting
  • Policy (e.g., Workforce Investment Act, Youth Opportunity)
  • Employee and Customer Retention
  • Minimum Wage and Living Wage
  • Wage Determination

Economic Development

  • Impact Fees
  • Regulatory Analysis
  • State and Local Statistical Report Cards

Criminal Justice

  • Economic and Social Costs of Imprisonment
  • Effectiveness of Court Innovations
  • Drug Testing Regimes & Sanctions
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Effectiveness
  • GIS Analysis of Offending and Victimization Patterns
  • Re-entry and Reintegration of Returning Prisoners