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 TIP, Substance Abuse: Clinical Issues in Intensive Outpatient Treatment, was written to help clinicians address the expansion of intensive outpatient treatment (IOT) represented by the development and adoption of new approaches to treat a wider variety of clients.

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

This guide helps substance use counselors treat clients with symptoms of depression and substance use conditions.

Topic Area:
SU Treatment & Recovery, SMI 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, Substance Use Recovery, Substance Use Treatment

This manual provides clinical practice guidelines for using medications in the treatment of alcohol use disorder.

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 guidelines for working with suicidal adults living with substance use disorders. 

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery, 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:
Substance Use Treatment, Suicide

This guide assists providers in offering treatment to women living with substance use disorders.

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

This manual presents guidelines for clinical supervision in the substance use disorder treatment field.

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 manual assists behavioral health professionals who treat people living with substance use disorders in understanding the implications of a hepatitis diagnosis.

Topic Area:
SU Prevention, SU 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 Disorders, Substance Use Treatment

This guide equips clinicians with information for treating chronic pain in adults living with a history of substance use.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Patients, Policymakers
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Management, Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Recovery

This manual offers skills and resources to service providers working with people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

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, Substance Use Treatment

This guide addresses specific treatment needs of adult men living with substance use disorders.

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 manual helps behavioral health professionals understand the impact of trauma on those who experience it.

Topic Area:
SU Prevention, SU Treatment & Recovery, SMI 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, Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment

This guide reviews screening tools for alcohol use and interventions for pregnant women and women of childbearing age to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery, Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Substances:
Alcohol
Conditions:
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment

This guide helps professional care providers and administrators understand the role of culture in the delivery of mental health and substance use services.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery, 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
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Treatment

This manual assists clinicians with implementing technology-assisted care. It highlights the importance of using technology-based assessments and interventions in behavioral health treatment services.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery, 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, Substance Use Treatment

This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD)—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD.

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 Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Recovery, Substance Use Treatment

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Last Updated: 04/14/2019