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 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

Assessing the risk and protective factors that contribute to substance use disorders helps practitioners select appropriate interventions.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Prevention Professionals
Substances:
Illicit Drugs
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Prevention

The Rx Awareness campaign tells the real stories of people whose lives were torn apart by prescription opioids. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness that prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous. The campaign also strives to decrease the number of individuals who use opioids recreationally or overuse them.

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

The Rx Pain Medications, Know the Options, Get the Facts is a series of 13 fact sheets designed to increase awareness of the risks associated with prescription opioid use and misuse, as well as to educate patients who are prescribed opioids for pain about the risks and to provide resources on methods for alternative pain management.

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

This expert panel report provides information on the management of methadone induction and stabilization, coupled with patient education and increased clinical vigilance.

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

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.

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

SBIRT is an approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.

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

This resource places the selection of programs and practices within the broader context of evidence-based prevention by exploring: the value of embedding program and practice selection in a strategic planning process; where to find information on programs and practices and how to choose among them; and tips for adopting, adapting, and innovating programs and practices and for supporting their successful implementation and continual improvement at the local level.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Community Organizations, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators
Substances:
Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Tobacco
Conditions:
Substance Use Prevention

This toolkit supports a structured, team-based approach to improving the management of patients who take opioids to ease chronic pain.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Prevention Professionals
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Co-Occurring Disorders, Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

Prevention professionals use SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) as a comprehensive guide to plan, implement, and evaluate prevention practices and programs.

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

Systematic evidence review comparing the effectiveness of strategies to prevent and de-escalate aggressive behaviors in psychiatric patients in acute care settings, including interventions aimed specifically at reducing use of seclusion and restraint.

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

The objective of this abstract is to assess the effectiveness of quality improvement, implementation, and dissemination strategies that seek to improve the mental health care of children and adolescents; to examine harms associated with these strategies; and to determine whether effectiveness or harms vary in subgroups based on system, organizational, practitioner, or patient characteristics.

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

This website discusses evidence-based suicide prevention and provides sources of information regarding evidence-based programs and literature reviews.

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

This kit provides information and resources for implementing supported education that enables consumers to pursue goals interrupted due to symptoms of behavioral health conditions.

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

This kit provides practice principles for supported employment, an approach to vocational rehabilitation for people living with serious mental illness.

Topic Area:
SU Treatment & Recovery, SMI and other Mental Health
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Treatment

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Last Updated: 04/14/2019