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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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 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 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

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

The objective of this systematic review is to assess safety, efficacy, and effectiveness of opioids taken long-term for CNCP.

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

The purpose of this systematic review is to determine optimal doses, routes of administration, and dosing strategies of naloxone for suspected opioid overdose in out-of-hospital settings, and whether transport to a hospital following successful opioid overdose reversal with naloxone is necessary.

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
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Overdose Prevention

Technical brief describing and comparing four core management strategies to reduce psychiatric readmissions--length of stay for inpatient care, transition support services i.e., care provided as the individual moves to outpatient care, short-term alternatives to psychiatric rehospitalization i.e., short-term outpatient care provided in place of psychiatric rehospitalization for those not at significant risk of harm to self or others, and long-term approaches for reducing psychiatric rehospitalization--for patients at high risk of psychiatric readmission.

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

This manual provides guidance on the use of medication-assisted treatment for alcohol use misuse. It summarizes approved medications, screening and assessment, treatment planning, and patient monitoring.

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 environmental scan describes the significant challenges and barriers that may limit access to MAT services in rural primary care settings, including those related to workforce, stigma, logistics, financing, and policy. The report also highlights essential characteristics of effective MAT practices and identifies three innovative models of care that may help overcome challenges to implementing MAT services in rural primary care settings.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Recovery, Substance Use Treatment

This document 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.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Public
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Recovery, Substance Use Treatment

This Technical Brief describes promising and innovative medication-assisted treatment (MAT) models of care in primary care settings, describe barriers to MAT implementation, summarize the evidence available on MAT models of care in primary care settings, identifies gaps in the evidence base, and guides future research.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Treatment

This guide is for physicians using medication-assisted treatment for patients with opioid use disorder.

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

This brief discusses effective prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources, Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
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, Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment

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Last Updated: 04/14/2019