Systems of Care Papers

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Produced via our SAMHSA/TA Network partnership!

In conjunction with SAMHSA and The Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health we published two white papers (Bertram, Kerns, Bernstein, Marsenich, Mettrick, Kanary, & Choi, 2015, 2016).

Federal, state, and foundation funding sources increasingly mandate the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs). This is most recently evidenced in the Families First Prevention Services Act  (2018) that requires those receiving Title IV-E funds to implement evidence-supported practices.

However, confusion and uncertainty may constrain response to such mandates.

These two papers briefly present fundamental facts, the rationale for using EBPs within behavioral health service systems, funding strategies and implementation considerations.

Misconceptions and facts

The first paper clarifies definitions and addresses common misconceptions about evidence-based practice.

The second paper addresses implementation factors that support, or if not well-considered, that may adversely impact effectiveness in delivery of these practices,

The papers offer examples, strategies, frameworks and tools for selecting, funding, implementing, improving, and sustaining evidence-based and promising practices within systems of care.

Below each paper’s description is a link that opens a pdf of that paper.

Below the second paper’s description There is information and a link to a webinar that summarized the content from both papers

Evidence-Informed Practice in Systems of Care:

Misconception and facts


Frameworks and funding

Organizations adopting an evidence-based, research-based, or promising practice must systematically support its implementation.

When actively applied, three frameworks identified by the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) support effective service delivery: intervention components, implementation drivers, and stages of implementation (Bertram, Blase, & Fixen, 2015; Fixsen, et al., 2005).

In this paper, we briefly review these frameworks, and offer examples from two states, California and New Mexico, that integrated and financed evidence based practices.

Evidence-Informed Practice in Systems of Care:

Frameworks and Funding for Effective Services


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