SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) has recently added three new intervention summaries, raising to 300 the number of interventions included in NREPP. The recently added summaries are for:
- Mental Health First Aid, an adult public education program for teaching participants how to respond to individuals who are experiencing an acute mental health crisis or are in the early stages of a chronic mental health problem;
- Alcohol Literacy Challenge, a brief classroom-based program designed to alter alcohol expectancies and reduce the quantity and frequency of alcohol use among high school and college students;
- Creating Lasting Family Connections Marriage Enhancement Program, designed to build and/or strengthen the relationship skills (e.g., communication, conflict resolution, emotional awareness, commitment, trust) of couples in which partners have been physically and/or emotionally distanced because of separation due to incarceration, military service, substance abuse, or other circumstances.
Launched in March 2007, NREPP (www.nrepp.samhsa.gov) is a publicly searchable database with up-to-date, reliable information on the scientific basis and practicality of a range of mental health and substance use interventions.
NREPP represents a key part of SAMHSA’s efforts to help states and communities make informed decisions about evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. Approximately 57,000 individuals visit the NREPP Web site each month.
Key features of the NREPP system include:
- Custom searches using keywords, topics, target populations, and service settings;
- Details on each intervention including a brief descriptive summary, the types of outcomes achieved, the costs and history of implementing the intervention, and the complete contact information for the intervention developer;
- Two independent expert ratings for each intervention – the first assessing the quality of research supporting specific intervention outcomes and the second assessing the availability of implementation and training materials to support adoption of the intervention in routine service settings.
In addition to intervention details and ratings, a Learning Center on the NREPP Web site contains resources including easy-to-read modules on evaluating programs and implementing evidence-based services; useful information about systematic reviews and comparative effectiveness research; and helpful links to mental health and substance abuse screening and assessment tools.
For more information about NREPP ratings, how to use NREPP to identify specific interventions, or how to submit an intervention for review, visit the Web site at
; contact NREPP at 1-866-43NREPP (1-866-436-7377); or send an e-mail to NREPP@samhsa.hhs.gov.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.