The State Health Authority Yardstick

ArticleinCommunity Mental Health Journal 45(3):228-36 · April 2009with17 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.03 · DOI: 10.1007/s10597-009-9181-z · Source: PubMed


    State mental health authorities have a leadership role in implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs), but few instruments are available to assess the impact of this role. We describe the development of the State Mental Health Authority Yardstick (SHAY), a behaviorally anchored instrument designed to assess state-level facilitating conditions associated with successful implementation of EBPs in community mental health centers. The SHAY assesses the SMHA role in seven domains: Planning, Financing, Training, Leadership, Policies
    and Regulations, Quality
    Improvement, and
    Stakeholders. Preliminary evidence from the National Evidence-Based Practices Project partially supports the construct and criterion-oriented validity of this instrument for rating state-level activities supporting or blocking the implementation of evidence-based practices.