New Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Fact Sheets
In the field of behavioral health, the term evidence-based practices (EBPs) refers to interventions that have been rigorously tested, have yielded consistent, replicable results, and have proven safe, beneficial, and effective for most people diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders. Several years ago, SAMHSA's GAINS Center convened expert panel meetings to assess the empiral evidence on the applicability of several key EBPs for justice-involved persons. The lead expert for each of these panels created summary EBP briefs subsequent to these meetings.
Recognizing the ever-changing nature of the field and the rapid pace of research developments, the GAINS Center reached out to these same experts to update these briefs.
- Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Updating the Evidence - Dr. Joseph P. Morrissey
- Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness - Dr. Gary Bond
- Illness Management and Recovery - Dr. Kim Mueser
- Integrating Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Justice-Involved Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders - Dr. Fred Osher
- Reducing Criminal Recidivism for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness: Risk/Needs/Responsivity and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions - Dr. Merrill Rotter
Additional fact sheets:
Identifying “what works” and applying the evidence-based knowledge to program development is critically important to the field to assure the use of best practices in behavioral health service provision. Too few people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders who are justice-involved receive comprehensive and appropriate services. The EBP initiative is intended to help close this treatment gap by promoting the use of EBPs with those that are justice-involved.
SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and the Council of State Governments Justice Center have prepared this easy-to-use checklist to help behavioral health agencies assess their utilization of EBPs associated with positive public safety and public health outcomes:
- A Checklist for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs for Justice-Involved Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders (PDF 437kb)