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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Fentanyl and its analogues pose a potential hazard to a variety of responders who could come into contact with these drugs in the course of their work.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
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Find information on evidence-based prevention programs and practices for prevention practitioners and individuals working in related behavioral health fields.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators
Substances:
Alcohol, Illicit Drugs
Conditions:
Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment

Systematic evidence review assessing the effectiveness and harms of first- and second-generation antipsychotics FGAs and SGAs used for treating children, adolescents, and young adults.

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

This manual helps communities plan and deliver substance use prevention strategies.

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

This guide offers best practices for treating women living with substance use disorders in co-ed treatment and recovery settings.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Conditions:
Substance Use Recovery, Substance Use Treatment

This Guidance document gives a “bird’s eye view” of strategies to support best practice prescribing of antipsychotics for youth and summarizes the available evidence and principles to support these strategies.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Public
Substances:
Prescription Drugs
Conditions:
Depression, Schizophrenia, Serious Mental Illness, Severe Emotional Disturbance, Suicide

An information series that provides clinicians with information related to alcohol.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Patients, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators
Substances:
Alcohol
Conditions:
Substance Use Treatment

This toolkit offers guidance to behavioral health officials on developing illness-management and recovery mental health programs that emphasize personal goal setting and actionable strategies for recovery.

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

The intent of this literature is to describe the current state of the science of implementation, and identify what it will take to transmit innovative programs and practices to mental health, social services, juvenile justice, education, early childhood education, employment services, and substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
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The AHRQ Academy developed this two-part document for providers treating opioid use disorder in primary care practices, with an emphasis on communities in rural areas that are among the hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Part 1 is an environmental scan describing the significant challenges and barriers to implementing Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) in rural primary care settings, including those related to workforce, stigma, logistics, financing, and policy. Part 2 includes nearly 250 tools and resources available to providers, patients, and communities to help implement MAT in rural primary care settings. These tools have been categorized by topic and address the full spectrum of needs for patients with or at risk for OUD, including prevention, training and education, treatment, and overdose.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Community Organizations, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Public
Substances:
Opioids, Prescription Drugs
Conditions:
Opioid Overdose Prevention, Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Disorders

This brief provides guidelines on prescribing Opioids for Pain.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Patients, Policymakers
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Pain Management

This toolkit gives practice principles for integrated treatment for mental illness, substance use disorders, or both, and offers advice from successful programs.

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:
Co-Occurring Disorders, Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Treatment

This kit provides tools to assist in developing mental health programs that help prevent or reduce severe aggressive behavioral, emotional, and development issues in children by enhancing the knowledge of parents, caregivers, and providers.

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

Systematic evidence review assessing the effectiveness and safety of interventions targeting sensory challenges for children with autism spectrum disorder.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
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Target Audience:

This resource guide for parents offers advice on keeping children substance free, reviews statistics about adolescent substance use, and provides tips on good communication.

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

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Last Updated: 04/14/2019