The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) provides child welfare professionals with easy access to vital information about selected child welfare related programs. The primary task of the CEBC is to inform the child welfare community about the research evidence for programs being used or marketed in California . The CEBC also lists programs that may be less well-known in California , but were recommended by the Topic Expert for that Topic Area. The CEBC website currently has a Substance Abuse (Parental) topic area and will be adding Adolescent Substance Abuse as a new topic in 2010.
The Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies cooperative provides examples of multi-site clinical trials and related information dissemination efforts specifically related to criminal justice settings.
This is the Co-Occurring Center for Excellence (COCE) developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It provides a wealth of resources related to training and treatment for when substance-related disorders occur in combination with other mental health problems.
The COCE site also provides some specific information that may be useful for practitioners related to the use of medications when addictions co-occur with other psychiatric problems.
The Cochrane Collaboration is an example of efforts towards systematic literature reviews of intervention studies.
This is a site featuring a new open access journal Implementation Science.
NATIONAL GAINS CENTER
This SAMHSA funded site serves to collect and disseminate information about effective mental health and substance use services for people with co-occurring disorders who are in contact with the justice system, while also helping to expand community resources for helping these individuals. GAINS stands for gathering information (G), assessing what works (A), interpreting/integrating the facts (I), networking (N), and stimulating change (S).
NATIONAL QUALITY FORUM – SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT PROJECT
The National Quality Forum, a group of stakeholder organizations, has created a set of national voluntary consensus standards for a variety of conditions. One of these is the treatment of substance use conditions using evidence-based treatment practices. Three documents that may be particularly useful related to substance use treatment are:
Additional information leading up to the final report may also be viewed in these locations:
- Announcement on consensus standards
- Evidence-Based Treatment Practices for Substance Use Disorders
- Executive Summary for Substance Use Report
NIAAA Clinician's Guide
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has prepared a guide for clinicians to help them work with individuals with alcohol problems. The resource is a downloadable booklet entitled Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician's Guide. It is accompanied by a variety of materials, such as video, handouts, and publications, and is available in English and Spanish.
The NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) site provides examples of multi-site clinical trials and related information dissemination efforts in diverse clinical treatment settings.
The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) provides an example of focused efforts on implementation science.
This is a national registry of evidence-based programs and practices (NREPP) related to substance use treatment. It was developed by SAMHSA to serve as a national resource for up-to-date information on the empirical basis and practicality of interventions to treat or prevent mental and addictive disorders. Information on the web explains inclusion criteria and how to have a program considered for inclusion, and provides summaries of programs on the registry. Considerable information about interventions is available through the registry including a program summary, contact information, outcomes, effect sizes, adherence effects, and estimated costs of implementation and maintenance.
TCU Mapping-Enhanced Counseling (TMEC)
The TMEC is a cognitive tool designed to improve the structure and outcomes of interventions for addressing substance use and related problems. It is embedded in a theoretic framework for the treatment process – including assessments of client needs and progress, along with integrated interventions. Numerous publications describe the positive impact of TMEC as a graphic representation strategy, especially on establishing better communication, counseling rapport, and improved decision making by clients (compared to traditional language-based counseling). Free downloadable assessment tools, articles, and intervention manuals are available at the link noted.
VA/DoD CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
This is a set of guidelines used by Veteran’s Administration and Department of Defense treatment facilities regarding critical decision points in the practice of evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders.