Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA is committed to improving prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for mental and substance use disorders.

This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.

Learn more about the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center.

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Featured Resources

Principles of Community-Based Behavioral Health Services for Criminal Justice-Involved Individuals

This guide provides information and practices that behavioral health providers can implement in their daily practice with patients or clients who are involved in the criminal justice system.

Civil Commitment and the Mental Health Care Continuum

This document provides guidance to assist state policymakers and practitioners in reforming, implementing, and appropriately targeting commitment law and practice.

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This ASAM Practice Guideline for patients is intended to aid clinicians in their clinical decision-making and patient management.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, People in the Criminal Justice System, Women
Target Audience:
Clinicians
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Management, Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Treatment

This ASAM Practice Guideline pocket card is intended to aid clinicians in their clinical decision-making and patient management. The Practice Guideline pocket card strives to identify and define clinical decision making junctures that meet the needs of most patients in most circumstances. 

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, People in the Criminal Justice System, Women
Target Audience:
Clinicians
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Management, Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Treatment

The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit is a free resource for medical settings (emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/primary care) that can help nurses or physicians successfully identify youth at risk for suicide.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness, Suicide

This toolkit offers tools and guidance to facilitate the implementation of the evidence-based practice of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT).

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness

Provides science of evidence-based prevention interventions for young people.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Conditions:
Severe Emotional Disturbance

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development provides a registry of evidence-based positive youth development programs designed to promote the health and well-being of children and teens.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
Populations:
Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Community Organizations, Educators, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators
Conditions:
Substance Use Prevention

This tool consists of frequency of use questions to identify risky substance use by adolescent patients. The accompanying resources assist clinicians in providing patient feedback and resources for follow-up.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
Populations:
Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators
Substances:
Alcohol, Tobacco
Conditions:
Substance Use Prevention

This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care among adult patients.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Public
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Pain Management

This guide is designed to help an individual or small planning team adapt alcohol SBI to the unique operational realities of their primary care practice.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Substances:
Alcohol
Conditions:
Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment

This toolkit builds the capacity of prevention practitioners to initiate, strengthen, and maintain effective collaboration in their communities. Centered around collaboration success stories from SAMHSA prevention grantees, the toolkit brings to life the complex and multifaceted topic of collaboration by providing real-life examples of successful partnerships and user-friendly resources and worksheets. The toolkit includes a separate section focused on the prevention of opioid misuse and overdose.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators
Conditions:
Substance Use Prevention

An evidence-based program that works to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies. CHOICES is based on activities that research has shown to be effective.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
Populations:
Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators
Substances:
Alcohol
Conditions:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Substance Use Prevention

This document provides guidance to assist state policymakers and practitioners in reforming, implementing, and appropriately targeting commitment law and practice, both inpatient and outpatient, to the small proportion of adults who require and may benefit from its use. Part I of this report reviews the history and current status of involuntary commitment in the United States. Part II sets forth expert consensus principles to guide the optimal, ethical use of commitment. Part III provides practical tools—briefly stated guidelines and a checklist of requirements—to assist policy makers and others responsible for reforming or implementing civil commitment laws or systems.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Program Planners and Administrators
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness, Severe Emotional Disturbance

This Clinical Guide provides comprehensive, national guidance for optimal management of pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder and their infants. The Clinical Guide helps healthcare professionals and patients determine the most clinically appropriate action for a particular situation and informs individualized treatment decisions.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Public
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Treatment

This guide explains how to use extended-release injectable naltrexone as part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Patients, Policymakers
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Treatment

The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness

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Last Updated: 04/14/2019