What Are Evidence Based Practices?

Evidence based practices are practices which have consistently demonstrated positive outcomes in multiple research studies. In the mental health field, evidence based practices are specific clinical interventions or services that produce benefits to consumers and their quality of life (e.g., employment, reduced hospitalization, etc.), as established by several scientific studies.

Over the past twenty years, researchers of mental health practices have gathered extensive data showing benefit for certain mental health services and interventions. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services (SAMSHA) continues to identify treatments that are considered "evidence based practices" due to consistent research findings that they help consumers recover.

A list of practices can be found on SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices website at  http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/
Dissemination of information through an integrated network is critical to the success of applying evidence based practices in a clinical setting. The NC EBP Center provides ongoing consultation between evidence based practices experts and participants.  We promote communication and information sharing with service providers.

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