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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
January/February 2010, Volume 18, Number 1 

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National Registry Highlights Comparative Effectiveness Research

Looking for evidence-based practices to use in your own program? SAMHSA has made the process easier by adding a new search feature to its National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) Web site.

The feature allows people to identify NREPP interventions that have been evaluated in comparative effectiveness research studies.

Both the Obama Administration and the U.S. Congress have championed additional investments in comparative effectiveness research to enhance public understanding about which health care interventions are most effective in different circumstances and with different patients.

"The new NREPP feature can provide added information for states and communities seeking to determine which mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment interventions may best address their needs," said Kevin D. Hennessy, SAMHSA’s Science to Service Coordinator.

Using the Feature

To use this new search feature, go to http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov, click "Find Interventions," and click the checkbox labeled "Evaluated in comparative effectiveness research studies" under "Implementation History." Then, search for an intervention that fits your organization’s needs.

For example, a search for "substance abuse" retrieves 64 options that have been evaluated in comparative effectiveness research studies, ranging in focus from behavioral couples therapy for alcoholism and drug abuse to a school-based anti-steroid program.

In fact, several highlighted interventions—including Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, Family Support Network, and Multidimensional Family Therapy—were included in a SAMHSA-funded comparison of different approaches to treating adolescent cannabis use.

A search for "trauma" yields eight interventions, focusing on trauma-informed substance abuse treatment for women, and for people with co-occurring disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder, for instance.

The NREPP database currently includes 151 interventions. For more information about how to use NREPP to identify specific interventions or how to submit an intervention for NREPP review, visit the NREPP Web site. call 1-866-43-NREPP (1-866-436-7377), or email NREPP@samhsa.hhs.gov.

About NREPP

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers.

The purpose of this registry is to assist the public in identifying approaches to preventing and treating mental and/or substance use disorders that have been scientifically tested and that can be readily disseminated to the field.

NREPP is a voluntary, self-nominating system. There will always be some interventions that are not submitted to NREPP, and not all submitted interventions are reviewed.

NREPP publishes a summary for every intervention it reviews. A summary includes:

  • Descriptive information about the intervention and its targeted outcomes
  • Ratings for research quality and dissemination readiness
  • List of studies and materials submitted for review
  • Contact information for the intervention developer.

For more information, visit the NREPP Web site.




  Cover Story & Related Articles  

Parity: Landmark Legislation Takes Effect




  Suicide Prevention   
Grantee Highlights

Grantee Highlights

Read about activities at Tufts University and Penn State Altoona.


  A Visit to SAMHSA  

  Underage Drinking  
Game Helps Parents & Children Talk about Alcohol

Game Helps Parents & Children Talk about Alcohol

An interactive way for families to discuss the dangers of underage drinking.

State Prevention Videos

State Prevention Videos

Videos describe unique challenges and successes.


  This Emotional Life  
PBS Documentary Launches Campaign of Hope

PBS Documentary Launches Campaign of Hope

Web site includes toolkits for parents and military families.


  Teens & Young Adults  
Violent Behaviors among Teen Girls

Violent Behaviors & Teen Girls

You may think only boys get into fights. Think again . . .

Drinking after 21st Birthday

Drinking after 21st Birthday

Does turning 21 affect the amount of alcohol young people drink?


  Treatment Roundup   
Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Characteristics of alcohol and drug abuse treatment services.

Providing E-Therapy

Providing E-Therapy

Considerations for providers incorporating technology into treatment!

Heroin Admissions

Heroin Admissions

Find out about adolescents who received treatment for heroin use.



  Recovery Month  
Now More Than Ever

Now More Than Ever

Updated Recovery Month Web site includes new theme, Web banners, and a blog.



  In Memoriam  
Remembering Judi Chamberlin

Remembering Judi Chamberlin

SAMHSA honors a courageous advocate for the fundamental rights and dignity of people with mental illnesses.



  Also in This Issue  
National Registry Offers New Feature

National Registry Search

Evidence-based programs and comparative effectiveness.

Older Adults & Illicit Drug Use

Older Adults & Illicit Drug Use

More people over age 50 are using illicit drugs.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Call for applications due April 9.

Community Prevention Day

Community Prevention Day

Prevention professionals gathered for the annual event.




  


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