The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
debuted its new National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
(NREPP) last month, a move the federal agency hopes will greatly expand its
efforts to help local organizations make informed decisions about
evidence-based interventions for the prevention and treatment of many mental
health and substance use disorders.
NREPP is a searchable database with information on the science underlying
and the practicality of using numerous mental health care interventions. The
database's target audience, including community organizations and state and
local officials, can perform custom searches to identify specific
interventions based on the organization's desired outcomes, target
populations, or service settings.
"The new NREPP is a major advancement in SAMHSA's efforts to
translate substance abuse and mental health research into practice,"
said SAMHSA Administrator Terry Cline, Ph.D. "As more interventions
become available, NREPP will accelerate the adoption of effective,
evidence-based services to prevent and treat mental health and substance use
disorders in community-based settings, achieving the goal of SAMHSA's Science
to Service Initiative."
Originally created in t he 1990s, NREPP has been almost entirely
redesigned, based on extensive input from scientific communities, mental
health clinicians, expert panels, and the public.
These are among the key features of the new NREPP system:
To have an intervention listed in NREPP, the intervention's submits
required information about the intervention for expert review. Experts then
rate the intervention on the quality of research supporting intervention
outcomes and the availability of implementation resources to translate the
scientific findings into practice. All NREPP reviewers are recruited,
selected, and approved by SAMHSA, based on their length of experience and
areas of expertise.
NREPP initially offers information on 25 interventions that have been
examined and rated by the expert panelists. Examples of listed interventions
include psychotherapeutic techniques useful for couples affected by alcoholism
or drug abuse; cognitive-behavioral therapy programs for adolescents with
depression; social skills training; dialectical-behavior therapy; and a number
of targeted intervention programs, such as SMARTeam (Students Managing Anger
and Resolution Together), a computer-based violence-prevention intervention
designed for sixth through ninth graders. With more than 200 additional
interventions under review, NREPP is targeted to add five to 10 interventions
SAMHSA said in a press release that NREPP was designed "to support
SAMHSA's Science to Service Initiative, which promotes greater adoption in
routine clinical and community-based settings of those services that science
has demonstrated to be effective" in the treatment and prevention of
mental illness, including substance use disorders. The project has been a
collaborative effort between SAMHSA and the national institutes that study
drug abuse, alcohol abuse and alcoholism, and mental health.
More information about NREPP is posted at<www.nrepp.samhsa.gov>
or available by phone at (866) 436-7377. ▪