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March/April 2010, Volume 18, Number 2 

New Evidence-Based Practices KITs

Part of the Knowledge Information Transformation (KIT) series, two new Evidence-Based Practices KITs are available from SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). One is on Supported Employment, and one is on Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders. Available in CD/DVD or online (PDF) formats, these KITs are for states, communities, and organizations interested in moving best practices into the field.

Cover of How to Use the Evidence-Based Practices KITs Supported Employment - click to view publication

Supported Employment: Fulfillment, Healing, Self-Sufficiency

For many people, having a job is a source of pride and a means of providing for oneself. For people with mental illness, being in the working world offers the same satisfactions, and can be one of the steps to recovery. Supported Employment (SE) helps people with serious mental illnesses obtain competitive work and provides supports that ensure success.

The primary goal of Supported Employment is to find a natural fit between individuals and jobs. SE services are integrated with comprehensive mental health treatment, and follow-along supports are continuous.

The KIT provides practitioners with tools that will help them set up and maintain an SE program and includes specific advice about hiring and tools for training staff. It includes the literature showing what works and provides an informational brochure in both English and Spanish, a PowerPoint presentation showing stakeholders what SE is all about, and an introductory video demonstrating the power of SE in the lives of several consumers.

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Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

For people with both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder, the merging of two types of treatment works best. In Integrated Treatment programs, individuals receive combined treatment from the same practitioner or treatment team.

Recovery from dual diagnoses happens in stages, and practitioners are trained to address each stage of recovery with tools such as active listening, motivational interviewing, practical assistance, goal setting, assessment, and treatment planning. Individuals develop regular contact and a trusting relationship with their treatment providers.

SAMHSA’s Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders KIT provides specific information for developing and sustaining an Integrated Treatment program. The KIT contains advice about getting started and sustaining and evaluating the program.

Training materials include a brochure, a PowerPoint presentation, and two videos about integrated counseling and treatment.

To order the CD/DVD versions of these two Evidence-Based Practices KITs, call 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727).

Evidence-Based Practices KIT - Knowledge Informing Transformation logo

Just Released:

Family Psychoeducation (SMA09-4423). This KIT focuses on recovery by giving consumers and their families information about mental illnesses, helping them to build social supports, and enhancing problem-solving, communication, and coping skills.

Illness Management and Recovery (SMA09-4463). This KIT emphasizes helping people to set and pursue personal goals and to implement action strategies in their everyday lives.

The EBP KITs provide innovative, engaging, and effective learning tools to help shape mental health services toward recovery. Call 1-877-SAMHSA-7.

  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Take Action in Your Community

Take Action in Your Community

Three new campaigns bring powerful prevention messages to communities.

  From the Administrator  
Pamela S. Hyde, J.D.

Considering Language in Our Field

Do you use certain terms to describe our field? See terms.

  More on Underage Drinking  
Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

Sober Truth on Underage Drinking

The STOP program is making a difference. Read about grantees in Ohio, Connecticut, and Wisconsin.

Town Hall Meetings Continue To Expand

Nearly 1,800 communities across the Nation recently met to discuss underage drinking.

State Estimates on Underage Drinking

State by state, the numbers differ on children and alcohol use.

  Women & Substance Abuse  
Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Treatment Improvement Protocol 51

Gender makes a difference. TIP 51 can help providers offer women effective, up-to-date treatment.

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Pregnant Teen Admissions

Comparing data from 1992 and 2007 on admission rates.

  Treatment Updates  
Uninsured Workers: Recent Data

Uninsured Workers: Data

Who needs treatment for substance abuse?

Free Treatment Available

Some facilities offer substance abuse treatment at no charge or a sliding scale fee.

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Opioid Treatment Programs: Two Reports

Methadone maintenance, buprenorphine maintenance. What are the similarities and differences among OTPs?

  Evidence-Based Practices  
Evidence-Based Practices KITs

Evidence-Based Practices KITs

The Knowledge Information Transformation (KIT) series offers new KITs.

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

The Agency outlines a budget request totaling $3.7 billion.

More on the Budget . . .

Established programs, new initiatives, and SAMHSA’s Budget Authority by Activity and the Agency’s Congressional Justification.

  Grants Updates  
Promoting Mental Health Recovery

Promoting Mental Health

Five behavioral health care provider associations recently received funding.

  Media & Messages  
Art & Children’s Mental Health

Art & Children’s Mental Health

Every day is Children’s Mental Health Day: “My Feelings Are a Work of Art.”

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK Is the Lifeline

Share the Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Minds on the Edge

Minds on the Edge

Facing mental illness is the subject of a PBS program.

  Recovery Month  
Flyers Available

Flyers Available

For 2010 celebrations, the flyers are available in print and online.

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Inhalant Use & Respiratory Conditions

Thousands of children age 12 to 17 with pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma used inhalants.


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