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.

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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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The purpose of this guide is to help prevention practitioners use the results of prevention research to address drug abuse among children and adolescents in communities across the country.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
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:
Substance Use Prevention

This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help communities and states sharpen their focus on prevention activities with the greatest potential to prevent suicide.

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

SAMHSA/CSAP's comprehensive collection of relevant, practical, evidence-based approaches for preventing substance misuse.

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 chapter discusses the predictors of substance use initiation early in life and substance misuse throughout the lifespan, called risk factors, as well as factors that can mitigate those risks, called protective factors.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
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
Conditions:
Substance Use Prevention

The focus of this guide is on evidence-based treatment approaches―those that have been scientifically tested and found to be effective in the treatment of adolescent substance abuse. 

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

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.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
People in the Criminal Justice System
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations
Substances:
Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, Opioids
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders

Drug abuse treatment can be incorporated into criminal justice settings in a variety of ways. Examples include treatment in prison followed by community-based treatment after release; drug courts that blend judicial monitoring and sanctions with treatment by imposing treatment as a condition of probation; and treatment under parole or probation supervision.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Adults, People in the Criminal Justice System
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Patients, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators
Conditions:
Substance Use Treatment

This update of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment is intended to address addiction to a wide variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs.

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

This guide, intended for parents, practitioners, and policymakers, begins with a list of 7 principles addressing the specific ways in which early interventions can have positive effects on development; these principles reflect findings on the influence of intervening early with vulnerable populations on the course of child development and on common elements of successful early childhood programs.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
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:
Substance Use Prevention

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.

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

Systematic evidence review assessing psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment for children with disruptive behavior disorders.

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 toolkit is designed to guide schools through the process of developing comprehensive screening procedures, as well as provide readily available resources to facilitate the implementation of effective behavioral health screening in schools.

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

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) has released a new report, Recommended Standard Care for People with Suicide Risk: Making Health Care Suicide Safe (PDF | 390 KB). It includes the first-ever recommendations on suicide-related standard care for primary care, behavioral health care, and emergency department settings. Since the majority (64 percent) of people who attempt suicide visit a doctor in the month before their attempt, it is essential that people who are at risk for suicide receive timely access to treatments and other health care services that are known to be effective in reducing suicide risk. The new recommendations present feasible, practical, evidence-based actions that health care organizations can adopt immediately.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Prevention Professionals
Conditions:
Suicide

Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode or RAISE is a large-scale research initiative led by the National Institute of Mental Health that began with two studies examining different aspects of coordinated specialty care (CSC) treatments for people who were experiencing first episode psychosis.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
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
Conditions:
Schizophrenia, Serious Mental Illness

This chapter first defines the concept of recovery from substance use disorders and then reviews the research on the methods and procedures used by mutual aid groups and recovery support services (RSS) to foster and sustain recovery.

Topic Area:
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
Conditions:
Substance Use Recovery

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Last Updated: 04/14/2019