Evidence Based Practices (EBPs)

Specific EBPs for:  Adults with serious mental illness

                              Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders

                              Children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances

                              Older adults with mental illness

onal Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP),

Evidence Based Practices in Iowa's Performance Partnership Block Grant

Links to information specific to Iowa agencies using mental health block grant dollars to support evidence-based practices

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices and Programs (NREPP)

A searchable index of practices and programs for mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention that have been reviewed, although not necessarily "blessed" or endorsed as "evidence-based" at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

New Freedom Commission Report on Evidence Based Practices

This is a good background paper from the President's New Freedom Commission Subcommittee on evidence-based practices, which outlines the issues and proposes strategies at the national and local levels. 

SAMHSA Model Programs

A listing of specific programs that SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) has classified as either an effective, promising or model program based on the strength of their evidence for achieving specific outcomes, degree of dissemination, and availably of technical assistance. A good resource.

Searchable Database of Evidence-Based Practices

A limited but useful database of mental health practices that have been "blessed" as evidence-based by various academic, administrative and advocacy groups prepared by the New York's Office of Mental Health.

Oregon Definition of Evidence-Based Practices

In 2003, the state of Oregon enacted legislation mandating the use of "evidence-based practices" in their mental health and addiction service systems. As part of the implementation process, their state mental health authority created an operational definition of this term resulting in an "evidence continuum" with a matrix that may may be very useful for the state of Iowa in implementing SF2288.

The Evidence-Based Practice Cycle

A schematic showing the core components of practicing in an "evidence-based" manner, as per the "total quality improvement" model. 

ICMH Fall 2004 Educational Series on EBPs in Mental Health

Links to power point, video presentations and other material from the 6-part ICN series conducted by the ICMH from August--October of 2004.

Fidelity Measures for Evidence Based Practices

A report from June 2006 from SAMHSA's "Decision Support 2000+" initiative that summarizes properties, strengths and limitations of existing fidelity measures for mental health evidence-based practices. 


EBP for Adults with Serious Mental Illness

SAMHSA EBPs Implementation Resource Kits

These "toolkits" or "resource kits" provide highly detailed information designed to assist in the implementation of each of the 6 evidence-based practices listed below. A great and very extensive resource.

Emerging evidence-based support for Wellness Recovery Action Program (WRAP)

A summary by Dr. Judith Cook citing two studies that begin to support WRAP as an EBP

Medicaid Support for Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health Program

A technical assistance paper prepared jointly by SAMHSA and CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to address various strategies used to optimize federal support for EBPs.


EBPs for Adults with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders


Motivational Interviewing

This is the best site for information on the method of motivational interviewing.  Great resources here.

SAMHSA's Co-Occurring Center for Excellence (COCE)

Lots of good resources here. Revised and updated as of July 2007

Iowa Recovery System of Care

Lots of good resources here from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Human Service's joint effort to enahnce co-occurring capacity.  Several tools and presentations from Ken Minkoff and Christine Cline can be accessed here. 

Screening and Brief Intervention for Alcohol and Drug Abuse

As of July 2008, Iowa became one of a few states whose Medicaid program specifically covers screening and brief intervention for alcohol and drug use. See details.

Iowa Board of Certification

Credentials Drug and Alcohol Counselors, and has recently introduced a new certification for Co-Occurring Disorder Professionals

Prairielands ATTC - The Addiction and Technology Transfer Center Network

Sponsor of the Iowa "toolbox" training series directed at mental health and other non-addiction specialists to enhance their capacities to recognize and treat co-occurring disorders. 

"Toolbox Training" for Co-Occurring DisordersToolboxTraining"

This is the cirriculum for the "Toolbox Training" series, offered by the ICMH in the fall and winter of 2007 in Des Moines.  It was developed by the Prairielands ATTC, and modified so as to be most appropriate for mental health professionals. 

TIP42:  Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders

From the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at SAMHSA. An excellent and important resource.

Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment: An overview of the Model

A nice readable brochure from the Ohio Center of Excellence on Dual Diagnosis.

Practice Guidelines for Co-Occurring Disorders - Missouri

A nice document, detailing strategies to integrate MH and SA treatment.


Other EBP Resources and Documents

16-State Study on Mental Health Performance Measures

Results of a SAMSHA-CMHS sponsored study in which a common set of performance and outcome measures were collected across numerous states. Lots of effort with unclear payoff--you be the judge.

"Turning Knowledge Into Practice"

Prepared by the Technical Assistance Collaborative in Boston, and lengthy (~140 page) document described as "A Manual for Behavioral Health Administrators and Practitioners About Understanding and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices. (pdf)

Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in New York State

An example of how one states' mental health authority is moving towards EBPs.

Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP)

The "grandmother" of all medication algorithm projects in psychiatry. Medication

Moving Towards Evidence-Based and Best Practices

A summary document of the ICMH's 1st project on EBP's in Iowa (2001).

Evidence-Based practice for Telemental Health

From the American Telemedicine Association - published July 2009. Very useful and informatiive