Toolkits for evidence-based practices available from SAMHSA
Five toolkits that promote the use of evidence-based practices in mental health services are available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and its Centre for Mental Health Services (CMHS). The toolkits, known as Evidence-Based Practice KITs (which stands for Knowledge Informing Transformation), are part of the administration’s science-to-services strategy.
The following KITs are currently available:
- Illness Management and Recovery
- Assertive Community Treatment
- Family Psychoeducation
- Supported Employment
- Integrated Treatment for Co-Occuring Disorders
Each KIT includes information sheets for a range of stakeholder groups, introductory videos, practice demonstration videos and a workbook/manual for practitioners.
Future KITs will focus on practices related to permanent supportive housing, consumer-operated services, treatment of depression in older adults, supported education, interventions for disruptive behaviour disorders, and one on the promotion of mental health and prevention of behavioural problems.
To view the KITs, see SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Centre website at mentalhealth.samhsa.gov.