A Review of Mental Health Interventions in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 Choke Cherry Rd., Rockville, MD 20857, USA.
Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.) (Impact Factor: 2.41). 03/2011; 62(3):303-5. DOI: 10.1176/
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This study identified and examined characteristics of mental health interventions listed in a registry of evidence-based behavioral health programs and practices.
Data were from the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), which is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. All mental health interventions posted as of May 2010 were reviewed.
A total of 91 interventions were assessed. Over half (57%) focused on promoting mental health rather than on treating mental illness. The implementation materials and trainings for most interventions (52%) were proprietary. Analysis of NREPP's rated dimensions revealed that quality-of-research scores were significantly lower for interventions with exclusively proprietary materials, whereas readiness-for-dissemination scores were significantly lower for interventions with exclusively publicly available materials.
NREPP represents a practical tool for organizations seeking to initiate or expand their use of evidence-based services. Periodic studies of listed interventions may help to identify programmatic gaps in NREPP.

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