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Integration of Evidence-based Practices within Systems of Care

While efficacious mental health treatments for children have been developed in academic settings, the translation of these scientific innovations into clinical practice has been slow. Implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) often occurs in silos rather than collaboratively across system of care. Effective strategies for successful implementation of EBPs within a system of care framework remained a challenge.

The Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (TA Center) strives to increase the capacity of states, tribes, territories, and communities to provide effective mental health services for children, youth and families through the integration of EBPs within a system of care approach.  Achieving successful integration of EBPs within a SOC approach can ultimately improve youth and family mental health outcomes.  Identification of facilitators and barriers to achieve successful integration can add significantly to implementation science aimed at improving children’s mental health.  To this end, faculty at TA center has been actively developing a framework for integrating EBPs within SOC in collaboration with experts in the child mental health field.

TA Center's Major Activities:

  • Collaborated with researchers in the child mental health services field to identify common factors and barriers that affect the successful integration of EBPs within SOC, and cultural adaptations of evidence-based treatments.
  • Providing on-going support to states, tribes, territories, and communities on issues related to EBPs selection, cultural adaptations, and integration within system of care.
  • Presented a framework for integrating EBPs and SOC at the 2014 National Training Institutes based on current research and expert consultations.  [ provide link to ppt here]

Target Audience

The audiences for this initiative are local and state child-serving systems (including early childhood programs), communities, and providers interested in integrating EBPs into their system of care.

Resource

Banh, M.K., & Breland-Noble, A. (2014). Evidenced-based Practices: Strategies for Taking Evidence-based Practices to Scale within States' Systems of Care for Children's Mental Health.  National Training Institutes. [Provide link to ppt here]

Contact Information

For more information about activities related to integration of EBP and SOC, please contact:
My K. Banh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University
mkb94@georgetown.edu