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 guide examines a wide range of evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of people in the justice system who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. This guide is for clinicians, case managers, program and systems administrators, community supervision staff, jail and prison booking and healthcare staff, law enforcement, court personnel, researchers, and others who are interested in developing and operating effective programs for justice-involved individuals who have CODs.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment & Recovery, Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Adults, People in the Criminal Justice System, Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Patients, Policymakers, Public
Substances:
Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Tobacco
Conditions:
Co-Occurring Disorders, Depression, Opioid Overdose Prevention, Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Schizophrenia, Serious Mental Illness, Severe Emotional Disturbance, Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Recovery, Substance Use Treatment, Suicide

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

This manual lists competencies for effective supervision in substance use disorder treatment programs.

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

This guide enhances the competencies of substance use disorder treatment counselors. It discusses patient assessment and screening, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, family and community education, and cultural competency.

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

This manual offers guidance to clinicians on implementing drug testing in their practice. It presents the mechanics of testing, and outlines steps for preparing staff to carry out this work.

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

This guide describes core elements of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for people living with or at risk for 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, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Conditions:
Substance Use Treatment

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Last Updated: 04/14/2019