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Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)

Evidence-based practice…researched-based interventions…science-based services…science-verified practices…empirically-supported practices…What do all of these mean?

Current terminology for bringing what we have found to be effective through research into everyday practice can be mind-boggling. Every time you turn around there is a new "catch phrase." While there are subtle nuances in the definitions of those phrases listed above, all of them mean essentially the same thing.

Evidence-based practices usually refer to programs or practices that are proven to be successful through research methodology and have produced consistently positive patterns of results. Evidence-based practices or model programs that have shown the greatest levels of effectiveness are those that have established generalizability (replicated in different settings and with different populations over time) through research studies. The implementation of proven, well-researched programs is rapidly becoming standard practice today and required by most funding sources.

Looking for a specific EBP?
Check out SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.
























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