Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

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

The Evidence Based Practices Resource Center provides communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others with the information and tools to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.

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The purpose of this training is to provide educators, friends, and family members with basic knowledge about violence in youth; understand protective and risk factors associated with violent behaviors in youth; provide basic knowledge about the connection of mental illnesses and violence; provide information about mental illness in youth; and provide opportunities and strategies that teachers, family members, and friends can use to manage situations of concern.

This screening tool consists of frequency of use questions to categorize substance use by adolescent patients into different risk categories. The accompanying resources assist clinicians in providing patient feedback and resources for follow-up.

This tool guides clinicians through a series of questions to identify risky substance use in their adult patients. The accompanying resources assist clinicians in providing patient feedback and arranging for specialty care, where necessary, using the 5 As of intervention.

This report provides background and practical information promoting the use of psychiatric advance directives as a tool for self-directed care in psychiatric treatment, progress toward parity in mental health, and supporting crisis planning and the rights of persons who live with mental illness.

The Council for Psychological Training in Assessment and Treatment of Persons with SMI/SED has launched a new website (www.psychtrainingsmi.com) to share information with mental health professionals who are interested in working with people with serious mental health disorders (SMI) and those with emerging severe emotional disturbances (SED). The Council oversees the development of curriculum materials, establishment of competencies to work with these populations, evaluation mechanisms to ensure competency of professional psychologists for this work, conducts training, and encourages research and publications in this area. The Council also works to promote understanding of the etiology, nature, impact, and amelioration of SMI/SED among psychologists, other mental health professionals, and the general public by posting information, research, links to relevant organizations, and other pertinent information on its website.


Last Updated: 10/09/2019