Mental health services for people with severe mental illness should have the goal of helping people to develop a high-quality, satisfying, and functional life. Mental health consumers and their families have a right to information about effective services, and a right to access these services when they are available.
Evidence-based practices provide a number of benefits:
They enhance recovery efforts, reduce symptoms, and increase quality of life
The evidence-based practices that have already been identified have consumer choice as a core principle
Consumers are more likely to achieve positive outcomes (e.g., employment, reduced hospitalization, etc.) with the use of evidence-based practices
There is a scientific foundation for specific interventions with specific populations
Consumer satisfaction increases when provided these services
For program leaders
Evidence-based practices are easily monitored through fidelity measures and outcome studies
Implementing these practices creates positive consumer outcomes for a program
Research-based interventions can dramatically improve outcomes
Evidence-based practices are a means to achieving quality services (cost-savings and better outcomes) and accountability
The NC EBP Center has a reputation for delivering excellent training and services in response to our customer needs.
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