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 brief defines drug addiction and discusses treatment approaches for combating it.

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 Treatment

The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate treatments for adults with schizophrenia.

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:
Schizophrenia, Serious Mental Illness

Offers information about an array of evidence-based practices for treatment and services to improve outcomes.

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:
Depression, Serious Mental Illness

This chapter provides an overview of the scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of treatment interventions, therapies, services, and medications available to identify, treat, and manage substance use problems and disorders.

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 Treatment

This summary discusses the signs, risk factors, treatment, recovery and social supports for anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, and other eating disorders.

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:
Serious Mental Illness

This summary discusses the signs, risk factors, treatment, and more for acute and chronic insomnia disorders.

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 summary discusses the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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 summary discusses the signs, risk factors, treatments, and social support services for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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 fact sheet offers young adults information on living with psychosis. It discusses causes of psychosis, and approaches to treatment.

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 guide focuses on using medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in jails and prisons and during the reentry process when justice-involved persons return to the community. It provides an overview of policies and evidence-based practices that reduce the risk of overdose and relapse.

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

The guideline describes the critical decision points in the management of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems.

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

This manual explains peer recovery support services designed and delivered by people in recovery from substance use disorders.

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, Substance Use Treatment

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Last Updated: 04/14/2019