Project Identifies Mental Health Best Practices, Creates "Toolkits" to Help Implement Them

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.

Key Results

  • The consensus panel identified six areas of intervention in which the research evidence strongly supports the effectiveness of one or more approaches:

    • Medication Management Approaches in Psychiatry
    • Illness Management and Recovery
    • Assertive Community Treatment
    • Family Psychoeducation
    • Supported Employment
    • Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment
  • 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.