In 1998, investigators from the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, in collaboration with many federal and state mental health organizations, advocacy groups, mental health providers and consumers, launched the Evidence-Based Practices project to help consumers with serious mental illness and their families access effective services.
The consensus panel identified six areas of intervention in which the research evidence strongly supports the effectiveness of one or more approaches:
Project personnel completed a series of articles focusing on evidence-based practices for the care of persons with severe mental illness.
Development teams created "toolkits" that can be used to promote evidence-based care for people with severe mental illness.
Project personnel developed guidelines for dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in each of the six areas.