A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

Substance Abuse Treatment Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)

A list of organizations’ websites that cover substance abuse treatment evidence-based practices (EBPs).

Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network

“The ATTC Network transmits the latest knowledge, skills, and attitudes of professional addiction treatment practice. The ATTC’s goal is to enhance clinical practice.”

  • Intended for: addiction treatment professionals
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual technical assistance (TA) available (free/for fee)
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers Network

California Healthy Kids Resource Center

“The California Healthy Kids Resource Center was established to assist schools in promoting health literacy. Health literacy is the capacity of an individual to obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information and services, and the competence to use such information and services in ways that are health-enhancing.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: teachers, administrators, university faculty, and other professionals who work with preschool through 12th grade students
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Links intact
  • Research Validated Programs

Go to the California Healthy Kids Resource Center

The Campbell Collaboration

“The international Campbell Collaboration (C2) is a non-profit organization that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about the effects of interventions in the social, behavioral, and educational arenas. C2’s objectives are to prepare, maintain, and disseminate systematic reviews of studies of interventions.”

  • International site
  • Intended for: those implementing interventions in the behavioral, social, and educational fields
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews

Go to the Campbell Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration

“The Cochrane Collaboration is an international non-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.”

  • International site
  • Intended for: health service providers, consumers, research funding agencies, departments of health, international organizations, universities, and anyone else making decisions about healthcare for those who have, or are at risk for, problem behavior
  • Provides descriptions of interventions/reviews
  • Transparent reviews
  • Individual technical assistance (TA) available
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the Cochrane Collaboration

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The SAMHSA Co-Occurring Center for Excellence

“The mission of SAMHSA’s Co-Occurring Center for Excellence (COCE) is to:…foster the infusion and adoption of evidence- and consensus-based treatment and program innovation into clinical and organizational practice.”

  • Intended for: the co-occurring disorder service system
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual TA available (free/for fee)
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the SAMHSA Co-Occurring Center for Excellence

Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA)

“IRETA is a non-profit organization that works with national, state, and local partners to improve recognition, prevention, treatment, research and policy related to addiction and recovery.”

  • Intended for: the substance abuse field (best practice treatment resources)
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual TA available
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staff training
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions

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SAMHSA's Knowledge Application Program

“CSAT’s Knowledge Application Program (KAP) assists treatment providers in adopting and implementing the information in CSAT’s published materials. KAP develops tools that program directors, clinical supervisors, and other staff members can use to actively promote the adoption of new treatment approaches, taking ‘science’ to ‘service.’ ”

  • Intended for: program directors, clinical supervisors, and program staff members
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual TA available (free/for fee)
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the Knowledge Application Program

National Implementation Research Network

“The mission of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is to close the gap between science and service by improving the science and practice of implementation in relation to evidence-based programs and practices.”

  • Intended for: researchers, program developers, and stakeholders interested in or engaged in the development, research, implementation, and replication of evidence-based programs and practices
  • Individual TA available
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the National Implementation Research Network

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

“The office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)’s Model Programs Guide (MPG) is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities. The MPG database of evidence-based programs covers the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry.”

  • Intended for: juvenile justice practitioners, administrators, and researchers
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Includes the OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide and Database

Go to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

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Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Services

“The Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) has compiled information and links to assist consumers in becoming informed about mental health disorders and to assist consumers in becoming healthy, safe, and independent individuals. The information will also assist policy makers and providers to work toward further education, share and expand current treatment efforts, and assist consumers in everyday needs.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: consumers, policymakers, and providers
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual TA available
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • References related to EBPs
  • Mental health evidence-based practices

Go to Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Services

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

“SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a voluntary rating and classification system designed to provide the public with reliable information on the scientific basis and practicality of interventions that prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders. Descriptive information and quantitative ratings are provided across several key areas for all interventions reviewed by NREPP.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: states, territories, community-based organizations, and other interested stakeholders
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement

Go to the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Strengthening America’s Families: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program

“…You will find two page summaries of family-focused programs which have been proven to be effective…. The programs…are divided into categories based upon the degree, quality, and outcomes of research associated with them. You will also find a program matrix. This may be helpful to you in determining ‘at a glance’ which programs may best meet your community needs.”

  • Intended for: those searching for effective family-based programs that address prevention of juvenile delinquency and substance abuse
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Makes individual TA available
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • Model programs guide

Go to Strengthening America’s Families

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Task Force on College Drinking, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

“The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) created the Task Force on College Drinking in 1998 to provide research-based information about the nature and extent of dangerous (college) drinking. The task force comprises college presidents, researchers, and students.”

  • Intended for: high school and college administrators, students, parents, community leaders, policymakers, researchers, members of the retail beverage industry, and public health professionals
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • References related to EBPs
  • Recommended strategies

Go to NIAAA: College Drinking

University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute

“The EBP Substance Abuse Database is one tool to help treatment providers make informed decisions about which science-based practices are most appropriate in which circumstances and for which individuals.”

  • Defines EBPs
  • Intended for: treatment providers
  • Provides descriptions of interventions
  • Transparent reviews
  • Describes evidentiary standards met
  • Describes intervention implementation
  • Individual TA available
  • Provides information on fidelity measurement
  • Provides guidance on staffing
  • References related to EBPs

Go to the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute

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Last Updated: 07/31/2014