Evidence Based Practices

B and D Behavioral Health Services provides a continuum of services, utilizing evidence based practice approaches, to accommodate a range of mental health needs from basic to enhanced services, for children, adolescents and adults. The agency encourages the combination of pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions to maximize clinical outcomes.

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 recipients and their quality of life (e.g., employment, reduced hospitalization, etc.), as established by several scientific studies.

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 recipients 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/

Examples of evidence based practices implemented in B & D services include:

• Motivational Interviewing (MI)

• Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

• Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

• Illness Management and Recovery (IMR)

• Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT)

• Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People with Substance Use Disorders
• Contingency Management (CM)

• Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach for Adolescent Substance Users (ACRA)

• Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

• Breathe Easy, Live Well: Tobacco Dependence Treatment Program

• Other Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs)
Examples: http://store.samhsa.gov/term/Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy

• Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction